Version 3 is here!
Lelit has made the following upgrades to their best-selling prosumer espresso machine, the Bianca (PL162T) which increases its utility for the home espresso enthusiast.
The Lelit Bianca (PL162T) is the ultimate machine for any home barista. Lelit has added everything that you could possibly want in a home espresso machine – it has all the bells and whistles. PLUS, it has given the user the ability to control the brewing pressure profile. This is the ultimate home espresso machine – a full sized professional L58E (Lelit's version of an E61) group, a 1.6 quart stainless steel steam boiler and 0.85 quart stainless steel brew boiler, dual loop PID temperature control, a movable and removable water tank holding 2.7 quarts or switchable to direct plumb, a one of a kind paddle system atop the group for controlling water flow (or pressure seen by the coffee grounds), and a super quiet rotary pump. And it looks especially attractive with walnut knobs, portafilter handle, paddle, and feet.
Latest Bianca changes (2021.5):
We pride ourselves on providing outstanding customer service. We will do our best to meet the timing commitments detailed in our shipping policy below.
When making a purchase with Total Espresso, the customer, or purchaser of products, is also agreeing to all terms and conditions on this page and website.
When you place your order, you will receive an order confirmation e-mail. This means that we have received your order in our system and a pre-authorization was received from your credit card or payment account for the purchase. We do our best to keep up with inventory, but there may be occasions when an item is shown as available on our website, but is actually backordered or unavailable. If your item is on backorder or unavailable, we will contact you via e-mail and/or telephone and void the pre-authorization. If your item is available for shipment (within 3-5 business days), we will process the charges and submit the order for shipment. In the event of high demand, unavailable items, we will notify you of our best estimate of when the item will be available. You can then inform us if you would like us to process the payment and wait for delivery or that you would prefer us to void the order and pre-authorization.
If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within three to five business days from the date of your order. We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address you provided when checking out. If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us at sales@TotalEspresso.com or toll free at (877) 652-6533. Once a tracking code has been generated, we cannot cancel or make changes to your order. Most merchandise will be shipped insured and require a signature at delivery. Orders shipped via common carrier (UPS and FedEx) include delivery to the customer's external door. Orders shipped via USPS are delivered to a customer's mailbox or door, depending upon package size. In general, shipping carrier delivery times are best effort and not guaranteed.
We offer free standard shipping for orders greater than $99.00 in the lower 48 contiguous United States on all non-commercial electric espresso machines and coffee grinders unless specifically noted in product description. Some home espresso machines may be shipped via freight company on a pallet to lessen the possibility of damage. If a machine will be shipped via freight on a pallet, you the customer will provide additional shipping funds upon checkout to offset the extra expense. We do not ship internationally. The customer is responsible for all freight charges on commercial machine shipments. We are unable to ship items to APO/military addresses. If you order more than one item, your shipments may be delivered separately. Orders will be shipped using our preferred providers and we are unable to accommodate shipping orders on a customer's personal shipping account. Orders totaling $99.00 or less will pay a flat rate standard shipping charge.
Packages will be delivered to the address confirmed on your order, and address changes can only be made before your order ships. We are unable to change shipping addresses, redirect, or place a hold on a shipped package. For all orders of home espresso machines and grinders, all packages will require a signature upon delivery. Total Espresso does not guarantee and will not be liable for shipments signed by an individual other than the recipient at the same address (i.e., doorman, roommate, fraudster, etc.). You are encouraged to ship your merchandise to your workplace address rather than your home address if there is someone you trust who will sign for the delivery or will call you when the merchandise arrives so you can sign for it.
Please note: Before shipment most or all espresso machines and grinders are removed from packaging and inspected or bench tested. This is done to ensure that they arrived without damage from overseas shipment and to add to or modify packaging for shipment. Grinders may have some residue from testing upon arrival. Signs of opened packaging or grinds does not mean the product was returned or used by another customer.
Refused Delivery or Unable to Deliver
If you elect to refuse the delivery of the items you ordered from Total Espresso or your purchases are returned due to the carrier being unable to make delivery, your order will be treated as a return without an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization), and will be subject to a 20% restocking fee, plus all shipping charges will be deducted from your refund. In addition, a $50.00 administrative fee will be deducted.
The customer is responsible for all freight charges on commercial machine shipments.
Damaged, Missing, Defective or Malfunctioning New Merchandise Policy
Please report damaged, missing, defective or malfunctioning merchandise immediately and no later than five (5) days of receipt/delivery.
DAMAGE – All damage claims must be reported within five (5) days of receipt/delivery and the equipment must NOT be used. Customers should not use the equipment and must keep all original packaging and boxes. Satisfactory returns must include the original accessories, original packaging, and proper packing of loose articles to avoid damage. Failure to comply will result in denial of credit to your account due to denial of payment of claim from the common carrier.
Items are carefully packaged on our end to protect against damage during shipping. Please carefully inspect your package when it arrives for any shipping damage. If an item appears to be damaged, do not attempt to use it and notify us immediately so that we can begin the claims process.
Damages In Transit: Common Carrier (i.e. UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL) - To increase customer satisfaction, we take great care in inspecting EVERY piece of equipment that is sold by Total Espresso. You will notice that we do open boxes to inspect the equipment as well as add packaging material for an extra safe shipping journey to every customer. Therefore, we ask that you do not be alarmed if you see that we opened the box and re-sealed it. All non-palletized orders/shipments are properly boxed and insured for delivery by common carrier to your address. Please inspect your package when you receive it from UPS or USPS. All claims for damages and shortages must be made within five (5) business days of receipt of merchandise.
Box Damage - If you notice any apparent damages to the outer carton (i.e. gashes in the box, box severely crushed, internal packaging leaking peanuts, or creased corners), please alert the driver/carrier and make a damage notation with your signature.
Concealed Damages (UPS, FedEx, and USPS only) - If you notice any concealed damages from shipping, please notify us via email within five (5) business days of receipt. Include pictures of the damaged item, if possible. Make sure that you keep all packaging (boxes, shipping labels, peanuts, etc...) as the respective UPS, FedEx, or USPS inspector will need to inspect the package. Failure to keep and return all packaging will null and void all applicable return, exchange, and refund privileges.
If your equipment order has arrived with visible damage, please do NOT use the merchandise. Once used, the carrier, as well as you, will deem the shipment as "accepted and acceptable" or "used", and the carrier will not issue a claim number nor pay for any damages. If there is no visible damage to an espresso machine, please check the operation of the machine initially with water only to inspect for internal damages which would show water leakage. If there is water leakage, please call us within five (5) business days and please unplug equipment. If there is no physical damage to a coffee grinder, please turn it on without coffee to inspect for any strange noises. We cannot issue a replacement, exchange or refund unless a claim number is issued. Your use of purchased item(s) damaged in transit or failure to keep all packaging for the carrier's inspection will null and void our return, exchange, or refund privileges with manufacturers or importers.
Please e-mail Total Espresso (sales@TotalEspresso.com) to notify us that your machine, grinder, or shipment was damaged, we will gladly ship a replacement of the same item only or replacement part when a claim number is issued by UPS, FedEx, or USPS AND after the damaged unit has been returned to us or our agent in the original carton shipped. Replacements or refunds will not be issued if the damaged order is shipped back in a carton different than what we shipped to a customer as UPS, FedEx, and USPS will only investigate claims that have the original shipping carton included. In cases where damage has occurred to parts that can be replaced (including, but not limited to removable water reservoir, bean hopper, knock box), Total Espresso reserves the right to send only those replacement parts that were damaged in transit. Please note that domestic claim numbers for USPS can take up to 6 months and for UPS/FedEx can take up to 15 days. Our damage policy does not apply for customers or their agents who re-ship our packages outside the United States.
Please note that we often ship orders in multiple packages. However, if items are apparently missing from your order, please report it to us immediately so we can track packages and replace the shipment if necessary. All claims for missing item(s) and/or component(s) must be reported within five (5) days of receipt/delivery. Total Espresso’s only responsibility will be to ship the missing item or component. Missing item(s) or component(s) external to the machine are not considered a defect.
DEFECTIVE OR MALFUNCTIONING NEW MERCHANDISE
Home equipment which arrives defective not due to shipping damage or becomes defective due to manufacturer's defect within five (5) calendar days of the receipt/delivery date will either be replaced, or a replacement part will be provided for installation by the customer, or the defective merchandise will be repaired at no cost and returned to the customer at the discretion of Total Espresso. If required, the defective product must be returned in its original packaging before a replacement or repair is provided. After the initial five days, you must follow warranty repair procedures.
Lack of water in the internal boiler, not just the water reservoir of an espresso machine, can damage the heating element – these cases are not handled under warranty as this is not a defect of the machine. Customer should watch the water intake hose (where applicable) when starting for the first time to insure water is being drawn in. If not, you should stop the machine immediately and notify Total Espresso.
COFFEE TEMPERATURE, TASTE OF COFFEE, POSSIBLE ADJUSTMENTS THAT MAY BE NEEDED, LACK OF PROPER GRINDER, LACK OF FRESH COFFEE, OR INEXPERIENCE ARE NOT CONSIDERED DEFECTS.
This policy does not cover defects caused by user error or negligence, including, but not limited to, not reading the owner's manual or instructions included with the purchased item. Items designated as commercial are not covered by this policy and are covered by the respective manufacturer's warranty or by the installer. Adjustments are not considered defects. Temperature and/or adjustments (i.e. foot height, pump pressure, etc.) on espresso machines are not considered defects when within the respectable range set forth by the manufacturer. During shipment, it is common for wire connections to get disconnected from heating elements or other components. This generally has an easy solution and is not considered a defect.
Please see our Warranty page for complete listing of exceptions to general warranties.
Effective 30 March 2020
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Total Espresso reserves the right to decline a price match at our discretion.
On my Bianca the pump pressure is set exactly to ten bar but with blind filter the head pressure shows 11.5 bar when fully open. Is this normal or is there any problem? Thank you.
A difference of 1-1.5 Bar between the pump pressure gauge and the coffee group pressure gauge is normal in the Bianca machines. The pressure gauge on the panel shows the value of the delivery pressure of the rotary pump before the gicleur. Whereas the pressure gauge on the group shows the pressure on the coffee puck, which is also influenced by the expansion that occurs in the coffee boiler. So, during the coffee extraction, we suggest you pay attention to the reading on the group pressure gauge.
Can you tell me the footprint for the L’élit Bianca without the water tank? I’m quite amazed that nobody thought of the detachable water reservoir before, especially since plumbing is often the best water solution.
Yes, the moveable and detachable water tank is a nice innovation on the part of the Lelit engineers. The dimensions of the machine without the water tank are: Height=15.8 inches; Length=11.5 inches; Depth=15.8 inches.
On my Bianca, the steam temperature is set at 257F and the dial shows just lower than 1.5 bar. I know the machine can go higher temperature but what is the steam temperature you recommend? Thank you!
The settings on the brew and steam boilers that came with the machine were made with the US market in mind (with our lower voltage and heating element). The minimum steam boiler temperature on both V1 and V2 are consistently 115 degrees C (239 degrees F). In V2, The maximum steam boiler temperature increased from 125 degrees C to 135 degrees C (266 degrees F to 275 degrees F). Our recommendation is to raise the temperature of the steam boiler to 266 degrees F as a minimum. There is no change needed for the safety valve on the steam boiler, since they can go as high as 3 bar.
Can you set timer on the start up time . Or you have to physically button turn on to warm up the machine ? Thanks
Yes, you can use a programmable WiFi smart plug like the Wemo to have your machine turn on at set times during the day. It cannot be done via the LCC (PID).