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  1. Alex_L

    Lelit Bianca

    Milk steaming on the Bianca. I recently watched James Hoffman’s £1500 machine video and was fascinated by milk steaming times he recorded I.e. 10 seconds for the rocket and 19 for the Mara to get 200g milk to 60 degrees and all the machines under 20s. Watching it made me think it takes me longer on the Bianca to do about the same and I guess I expected it to be comparable or better to these machines. So, I got the scales and stop watch out and found getting 200g milk from ~5 degrees to 60-65 takes around 45 seconds - this is in a 350ml jug. This is with the two hole tip and with steam
  2. I've had a solo for a couple of months now following my trusty vario dying. I bought it as I needed a grinder and fancied a go at single dosing and all the other single dosers of note seemed to require long waits. It was intended as a interim purchase to test whether I liked single dosing having played a bit with over the years on the vario. It's been paired with a Lelit Bianca and I don't have a particularly sophisticated palette but know what I like. My experience so far has been very positive. It seems well built albeit clearly to a price in terms of the finish. It's more consistent
  3. Alex_L

    Lelit Bianca

    VST ridgeless 22 arrived and fits the standard bianca bottomless fine.
  4. Coffeehit do the shims and other parts - couple of quid from memory.
  5. Alex_L

    Lelit Bianca

    Thanks. Would be odd if they were radically different. My attempt at measuring suggests it should just fit. Think I’ll chance it and see what happens.
  6. Alex_L

    Lelit Bianca

    Question for owners - VST basket size compatibility. I’m enjoying the bottomless portafilter with a 18g VST basket but fancy trying a larger one for some milk based drinks - does the 22g VST fit the lelit bottomless portafilter? I notice it has a lip and wanted to check if anyone had issues with the 22g basket before I order.
  7. Here are two photos of the Asso one with a Bianca portafilter. It has a slight lip that sits inside the basket versus the Decent which I think sits purely on the rim. I think the decent is the better design tbh but I spotted the Asso on Amazon and prime meant it was here the next day.
  8. I bought a magnetic Asso one recently and have found it works well to grind into and also only leaves a small ring around the coffee. limited mess with a WDT tool as well thus far. Seems very well built to. https://www.assocoffee.com/prodotto/anello-dosatore/?lang=en
  9. Alex_L

    Lelit Bianca

    I emailed them twice about a couple of minor things (including a missing user guide) with mine and have yet to hear back a month later. They were much more responsive pre-sale...... I’d recommend taking the water tank off as I moved mine recently to the side (great feature) a few months into ownership and discovered a nice small dent in the back panel which was hidden by the tank previously. Minor aesthetic issue undoubtedly but not hugely impressive QC.
  10. Alex_L

    Lelit Bianca

    @DavecUK Thank you. I’ll take a look but I’ve been following the shower screen one regularly since I got it. I will for my own sanity put together a list of maintenance tasks for the Bianca as there doesn’t seem to be a consolidated one.
  11. Alex_L

    Lelit Bianca

    It’s on from 5am - 11pm everyday so never touched cold so will see how it’s looking. It’s a great machine but the manual is somewhat lacking on maintenance instructions. I’ve noted the following from my own reading and looking at the lelit YouTube channel: - cleaning and sterilising the water tank - disassembling and lubricating the e61 after chemical back flush - Shower screen cleaning - NEW: ball joint lubrication for steam / water taps Are there any other regular maintenance tasks I should be completing?
  12. Alex_L

    Lelit Bianca

    Hmmmm. When I first noticed the dripping I hand tightened it which stopped that but could still notice a hiss after steaming so used a wrench to tighten about half a turn further. My assumption being it shouldn’t be hissing by design (I asked Bella baristas opinion but never heard back). Given how new it is I assume the o-ring can’t have gone already (taking account obviously that I haven’t lubricated it in the 4 months I’ve had it)?
  13. Alex_L

    Lelit Bianca

    Thank you. That makes sense and something to add to my monthly to-do list!. I think the chrome nut was a bit loose when it arrived (it was just about hand tight) so hopefully a combination of tightening it and lubricating it per your advice will solve the problem.
  14. Alex_L

    Lelit Bianca

    I’ve now had my Bianca now for 4 months and throughly impressed with it and enjoying experimenting with the flow control but have concluded I need a grinder upgrade. A couple of questions for other owners: 1. I’ve noticed that the steam wand occasionally leaks water and a bit of steam at the nut below the valve. I’ve tightened it maybe half a turn with a wrench to stop the water dripping but wasn’t sure how tight to go as I can still hear a hiss if I put a damp microfibre cloth around it after steaming? 2. I’ve also noticed the ball joint on the steam wand isn’t perpendicular to the
  15. Hi, After some advice for my parents. They have a gaggia classic which is failing (it's been repaired before so a replacement is needed) and a eureka mignon silenzo grinder. They're looking for a new machine to replace the classic. They exclusively drink milk drinks (4-6 lattes per day) and the gaggia has always struggled to get really great milk. The key things they'd be looking for: 1. Something that is easy to use. Turn on in the morning, warm up and just use. Weighing in/out isn't for them, they don't single does etc. 2. Improved milk steaming. Whilst the classic can do mil
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