Lelit PL41PLUST Glenda PID Espresso Machine
The Lelit PL41PLUST Glenda is another beauty in the Lelit line. She is the older sister to the popular Anna model, and they are very similar. Additionally, the controls are the same since they use rocker style switches. Also, the PID controls are available as well as the multi-directional wand.
The main difference between the Lelit PL41PLUST Glenda and the PL41TEM110 Anna is the grouphead. Glenda has a commercial grade 58mm grouphead. Thus, this helps to provide better temperature stability for making espresso. The boiler is also slightly larger to allow for more steaming capacity. The high wattage heating element keeps wait times low when warming up or switching to steam mode.
Single boiler, dual-purpose system:
- Brass – The small 300 ml boiler helps keep a constant water temperature for better espresso coffee extraction.
- High wattage heating element – 1200 watt heating element for fast reaction time when cold water enters the boiler and quick warm-up times.
- Security thermostat and security valve – Made for better pressure control.
- Three-way solenoid valve – Allows for immediate removal of the portafilter right after the espresso extraction (or when the pump switch in coffee mode is turned off).
- PID display – Allows you to program the temperature of the boiler for different coffees.
- Multi-purpose – Used for both steam or hot water depending on the current mode choice.
- Multi-directional – Allows you to make creamy cappuccinos. Can extend out on the right side if you are using large cups.
- Very short wait time – The small boiler and high wattage heating element, combined with the PID controller, cut the wait time from coffee to steam considerably.
- Polymer tubing – The tubing that connects the boiler to steam / hot water valves are sustaining. They can resist high pressure & high temperatures up to 620 °F, facilitate easier repairs, and are limescale free.
- Stainless steel body and frame – Polished to a mirror finish and rust-resistant.
- Water tank visibility – There is an opening on the left side of the machine that allows you to see the water level. This is a lot easier than opening the top cover to peek in.
- Drip tray – The tray is made of plastic. The cover is made of stainless steel. Both are removable for easy cleaning.
- Power switch – Located on the left side of the unit. Easy to reach than in the back on the Anna model.
- Three-way switch – Located on the front middle of the unit. This selects between the different modes. The up position is for steam mode. The middle is hot water mode. The down is coffee mode.
- Pump switch – Located on the front left of the unit. This activates the pump for coffee or hot water when you lift up.
- Steam / water knob – Located on the right of the espresso machine. Allows you to control the intensity of the steam or water output. Turn counterclockwise to open or clockwise to close.
- Portafilters – Dual spout portafilter. Commercial grade. 58mm in diameter.
- Filter baskets – 1-cup filter basket which holds approximately 7 grams. 2-cup filter basket which holds approximately 14 grams.
- Tamper – A cheap plastic tamper. Manufacturers will normally include a tamper like this to keep the overall selling price of the machine low. We recommend upgrading to a better tamper.
- Coffee scoop – A simple plastic scoop if you are using preground coffee.
- Instructional manual – Written in 5 languages: Italian, English, French, German, and Russian. This manual includes information on how to use, as well as maintenance like backflushing & descaling.
Espresso Machine Warning:
- ELECTRICAL WARNING: To avoid electrical damage to this espresso machine which is not considered a manufacturer's defect, please acquire and install a single-outlet surge suppressor rated at 1080 joules or higher. the lack of the recommended surge suppressor, the espresso machine can be damaged at the power switch, the electronics, the heating element, the pressurstat or the wiring inside.
- WATER WARNING: To increase the useful life of and not damage your espresso machine, please use softened water. Softened water is water without calcium and without magnesium, but still has other minerals for espresso extraction. Do not use distilled water, purified water, nor reverse osmosis water as these types of water create oxidation with the metals and cause the same damaging effects as limescale.
- DESCALING WARNING: We do not recommend descaling unless there is an issue with the espresso machine. The reason is that too much descaling can eat away at the metals and gaskets inside an espresso machine.
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