Lelit PL042 Instructions
LELIT COMBI PL042
Unpack the machine from the box. In the small
box you will find a portafilter, 1 x 1 cup filter
basket, 1 x 2 cup filter basket and a blind filter for backflushing.
Open the water tank cover, remove both tubes
from the tank, lift out the tank and fill it with water. Replace the
tank and put the tubes back in. Plug in the machine and turn it on;
the indicator light above the steam knob will come on. Immediately
prime the pump and fill the boiler by pushing the steam wand towards
the rear so that it's over the drip tray. Open the steam knob up
then turn on the brew switch. When water squirts from the steam
wand, close the steam knob. Water should then start running from the
grouphead. Wait a couple of seconds then turn the brew switch
The indicator light will continue to glow until
the boiler has heated up to brew temperature. When the light goes
out, insert the portafilter with the basket of your choice and press
the brew switch. Run about 100ml of water through the portafilter
into your cup, until the indicator light comes on again. This will
warm up the portafilter and cup. Wait until the indicator light goes
out again, then you are ready to brew. This step is only necessary
when starting from cold.
Dry the interior of the filter basket, then push
the portafilter under the grinder outlet so that it is between the
forks, until you contact the grinder switch. Allow the coffee to
fill the portafilter, use the tamper to push it down lightly, grind
more coffee in then tamp firmly. The coffee level should be 2 - 3mm
below the rim of the basket. Brush excess coffee from the rim of the
portafilter using the flat of your hand.
Push the portafilter up into the brewhead,
sealing it in firmly by turning the handle to the right; it should
be a fraction to the right of square. Place a cup under the
portafilter, then turn on the brew switch.
If everything else has been done correctly, it
should take between 20 - 25 seconds from the time the switch is
pressed to produce 30 ml of coffee with the single filter, or 60ml
of coffee with the double filter. Faster than this and you need a
finer grind or a firmer tamp; slower a coarser grind or lighter
tamp. Your espresso should have a rich, reddish brown crema on top.
This applies whichever filter basket is used. When the correct
amount of espresso is brewed, turn off the brew switch. You will
hear a hiss as the solenoid releases pressure into the drip tray,
and can now remove the portafilter.
For a "longer" coffee you can add hot water to
your espresso by turning on the hot water switch and opening the
steam knob; hot water will flow instead of steam. Café Crema can be
produced by using a coarser coffee grind so that you get 180ml of
brewed coffee in 25 - 30 seconds.
You can brew 2 cups at once by using the double
filter and a cup under each spout of the portafilter, but it takes
considerable tamping practice to get an even flow from both spouts.
It's often easier to brew into a single cup then pour half the
coffee into the second cup.
The machine should not be left on unattended for
longer than a couple of hours, but if you are pulling shots
regularly it can be left on all day.