LELIT PL041 Instructions
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, a blind filter for backflushing, a long handled measuring spoon and a plastic tamper.
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 using the main power switch, then immediately prime the pump.
To prime the pump, push 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 brew head. Wait a couple of
seconds then turn the brew switch off. You are now ready to start brewing.
When the indicator light marked "Ready" turns ON, it means that the machine has reached the correct operating temperature.
Coffee for espresso should be ground very fine, and requires a good quality grinder to achieve the best brewing results. Included with
your machine is some free coffee to get you started. If it is ground you should look
closely at the grind of this coffee; rub some between your thumb and
forefinger, and it will feel like a slightly gritty powder. For optimum
brewing results your coffee should always be ground like this.
Place a filter basket into the portafilter. Using the measuring
spoon add 1 flat scoop of coffee (7g) for the single filter, or 2 flat
scoops (14g) for the double filter. Tamp the coffee firmly into the basket
using the tamper. 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 60ml of coffee for a double or 30ml of coffee
for a single. 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. The above applies whichever filter
basket is used.
When your coffee is brewed, turn off the brew
switch. You can remove the portafilter immediately. 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.