Lelit PL41LEM Espresso MachineRated 4/5 based on 4 reviews.
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The Lelit PL41LEM is an excellent quality, Italian made espresso machine. This version of the Lelit PL41 is the newest version. Improvements over older models include:
- a brew pressure gauge,
- 9BAR over pressure valve (OPV). Older models have a 10.5BAR OPV,
- increased steam pressure - a *big* improvement over older models, and
- durable metal toggle switches for a great modern look
The PL41LEM has a 3 way valve so that the group handle can be immediately removed after brewing. This valve also allows the machine to be backflushed. This feature makes the machine easy to use and easy to clean.
The Lelit PL41LEM has a built in brew pressure gauge which shows whether the brew pressure is optimal. (Too little pressure indicates an under extraction, too much pressure indicates an over extraction). The gauge will also indicate when maximum pressure is reached while backflushing - so that you know when to turn the pump off.
There has been a noticeable improvement in steam strength on this model over older versions of the PL41. This makes all the difference when trying to achieve silky, creamy milk for cafe quality flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos.
The PL41LEM has a true 9BAR OPV fitted. This ensures the brew is at the optimal pressure so that bitter coffee does not result as a consequence of high brew pressure. This pressure will be able to be read off the brew pressure gauge when extracting a shot. (Older models have a higher pressure OPV)
This machine is fantastic value when you consider it:
- is made in Italy,
- is constructed from quality materials, and
- makes fantastic coffee - have a look at the video below (shows PL42EM which is the same as the PL41LEM internally but with the addition of a PL43MM grinder built in)
- comes with a blind filter for backflushing
- Made: Italy
- Brand: Lelit
- Model: PL41LEM
- Ideal tamper size: 57.5 mm
- Materials: Stainless steel body
- Boiler: 250ml brass
- Ball jointed steam wand
- 9BAR OPV
- Improved steam pressure over older models
- Tank capacity: 3.5 litres
- Power: 1050W
- Filter basket: 57.9mm
- Size: 23cm wide x 27cm deep x 34cm high
- Weight 8 kg
- ESE filter, single filter basket, double filter basket, blind filter
- 1 Portafilter
- Plastic coffee scoop
- Plastic tamper
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LELIT PL41LEM ESPRESSO MACHINEBy: Giant_Evertonian on 9 June 2017My previous machines were the lower end Brevilles which made surprisingly good coffee for the relatively low cost of the machine. I decided it was time to crank things up a notch and did some research on machines around the $800-$1000 mark. That research popped up the unknown (to me) Lelit brand espresso machines. I watched videos and read endless reviews before pulling the trigger and purchased the PL41LEM. I know in the big scheme of things $800+ isn't a huge amount to spend on an espresso machine but it's a fair old wedge of cash to myself and I'm sure many other people. I got it home read the somewhat confusing instructions. Instructions that I suggest you read to minimise any issues in potentially damaging the boiler. I'm not going to lie in all honesty it wasn't as easy as the videos to pull a shot with sky high crema but patience, practise and some tweaking of my grinder have thankfully been rewarded! I am now pulling really great tasting shots from this little machine. It's right up there if not better than some of the coffee shops I go to and I'm in cafes a lot! I'm stoked to be honest and my initial fears of "what have I done" have now well and truly been thrown in the bin. The steamer is also very impressive and super quick unlike my previous machines which took an age to froth milk. So if you're looking for a quality machine that doesn't take over your entire kitchen bench top and isn't going to have you taking out a second mortgage then pop the Lelit PL41LEM on your list to check out. I'm certainly not regretting my purchase and I'm sure you won't be either.
Too ValueBy: Kane on 22 November 2016New to the espresso game, and after much research decided on this Lelit. So far so good, extremely happy with this purchase. Best value as far as I can see - if you're happy with a few small concessions.
Time to get your Coffee game ONBy: Dave Newman on 1 June 2016Okay, so back in 2003 we moved out of Brunswick St Fitzroy and out into the (then) wilds of Preston. We bought a Quaha Junior II even before we got a TV. It gave us 13 solid years of service so we had a pretty good idea of what we hoped for when we bought the Lelit. Had to wait a month or so for the back order, but we now live in Darwin so we're used to waiting. The Lelit is a sexy but intimidating unit. I'd gotten so used to the quirks of our old machine that I'd forgotten what it's like to be confronted by a strange bank of dials, knobs and switches. But being a flight sim enthusiast I was undaunted. This little beast has really made me have to up my coffee-shu skillz. The first pour was sad and disappointing, but not as bad as with our previous machine, where on first pour I released the head too soon and was covered in scalding water and coffee grounds. Having the pressure dial on the front I found confusing. I thought it was boiler pressure and suspected it of being broken because it was not registering steam pressure. Later on I worked out that it's measuring the pressure in the basket during the pour and is a direct measure of what is going on with the pack and the tamp. If you hit just below 9 bar there (and on second pour I did) you get primo crema and a well balanced coffee. So now we are masters (almost) of this sexy beast with the cool blue dial and the funky spaceship switches. I've bought a nice commercial tamper - not a fancy expensive one, but well functional. And the coffees are consistently great, and my wife is always slyly checking over my shoulder to see whether I've "barred up" to 9 bar. Complaints: Being so sexy and cool, its a pretty intimidating machine. A friend of mine who touch types and is a bit of a hacker has a keyboard that is all black - no letters, just the touch marks on the J and the F. - Not as intimidating as that, but yeah. Also something about this head makes it VERY hard to lock the basket in if you've got even a tiny bit too much in the dose. And the extra mm in height that the nice cup rest gives means that anything taller than a classic casablanca latte glass won't fit. So yeah - a bit unforgiving of imprecise dosing (handle), a bit obvious if you've missed tamping you puck right (blue dial that the missus watches from across the room) and a bit fussy about glassware, and a bit intimidating for guests. But - is it sexy? - Hell's yeah. Does it make a great coffee? - you betcha. Does it make you build your skills - yep. Would I recommend it? - It was recommended to us, by someone who knew what we liked. And if this review sounds like you might like it - then you will.
Lelit the gateway home espresso experience6 April 2016This is my first semi-automatic single-boiler domestic espresso machine. In the past ten years I’ve progressed from a stovetop moka to a Presso (now sold as Rok, I think) then to a Bacchi – the last was a remarkable machine that was basically an upside down lever espresso driven by steam power from the stovetop. Unfortunately, it developed quirks and the retailers who originally carried it and offered support stopped doing so. So… I decided to make the leap to an entry-level semi-automatic single-boiler domestic espresso machine. As a newbie I found this is an easy machine to use once I read the instructions and worked out which switch did which (the pictograms on the actual machine by the switches are useless). My 13 year old child has quickly mastered this and turns out pretty good cappuccini for his parents. There was a 10 page internet forum that gave useful hints for this particular machine (go for a finer than usual grind, about 17g for a double shot, but ease off on the tamping). The usual caveat for single boilers applies: after steaming milk for one or two coffees, prime the boiler by pumping hot water through the steam wand. If you’re in a household where you don’t think each user will remember to do this after steaming their milk, then perhaps a single boiler machine is not for you. Jetblack offered the best price on this entry-level machine, no freight costs in Australia, delivery interstate within two working days, and a quick reply to a follow up email question the next day.