Lelit Anna Espresso Machine
The workhorse Lelit Anna comes in two separate variants to accommodate individual user requiements. Before diving in to the differences, let's go over what the two variants have in common. Both feature a small 250 ml brass boiler, which helps keep a constant water temperature and facilitate the espresso coffee extraction. A high wattage heating element with a 1000 watt capacity for quicker reaction time when cold water enters the boiler. Both feature a very quick warm-up time; We clocked the warm-up time for this machine (this includes the grouphead and portafilter when locked in) to be ~10 minutes. This is mainly due to the high wattage of the heating element and small size brass boiler. We found this to be very convenient for morning warm-ups, especially when in a rush. And finally a three-way solenoid valve, which allows immediate removal of the portafilter immediately after the espresso extraction (or when the pump switch in coffee mode is off). During extraction the pressure gauge displays in real time the pressure during coffee extraction. Only 9-10 bar is necessary to make espresso. This gauge will help perfect your espresso shot.
There is an opening on the left side of the machine. This allows you to see the water level. This is a lot easier than opening the top cover and peeking in. Water tray grate is plastic. The cover is stainless steel. Both are removable for easy cleaning.
To control the PL41EM variant you use the traditional push-button switches. Oval chromed switches for power, coffee, and steam. The steam and water knob are located on the right of the espresso machine. They allow you to control the intensity of the steam or water output. The wand comes with a plastic grip. This helps you move the steam wand and protects your fingers from burning. Can be used for both steam or hot water depending on the current mode. The wand has this extra piece which injects extra air along with the steam. This helps in creating a more “frothy” texture.
Short warm up wait time due to the small boiler and high wattage heating element. The cord is completely detachable from the machine. This helps prevent damage if you are moving or long term storing the machine. It also fits nicely in the drip tray.
The main upside to the PL41TEM is the PID display & pressure gauge, which allows the temperature of the boiler to be programmed for different coffees. The pressure gauge displays in real time the pressure during coffee extraction. Only 9-10 bar is needed to make espresso. This gauge will help perfect your espresso shot. The small boiler and high wattage heating element, combined with the PID controller cuts the wait time from coffee to steam considerably.
Equipped with polymer tubing that connects the boiler to steam/hot water valves. They are able to withstand high pressure and temperatures up to 620 °F, which helps facilitate easier repairs, and most importantly, are limescale free.
Controls via the power switch located on the back right of the unit. Not difficult to reach and keeps it out of the way of the rest of the main controls. The three way switch located on the front middle of the unit. Selects between the different modes. The up position is steam mode. The middle is hot water mode. The down is coffee mode. The pump switch located on the front right of the unit. Used to activate the pump for coffee or hot water mode.
Lelit Anna Espresso Machine features
- Accessories included!
- Includes a portafilter – Dual spout portafilter.
- Includes filter baskets – 1-cup filter basket which holds approximately 7 grams. 2-cup filter basket which holds approximately 14 grams. Pod filter basket for use with E.S.E. pods. 57 mm in diameter.
- Includes a 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.
- Includes a coffee scoop – A simple plastic scoop if you are using preground coffee.
- Instructional manual.
- 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.
- Heavy Metals Migration: The lower part of the boiler is made of brass but a chrome surface processing (Stecrhome type- NSF regulation conformity) is performed, to reduce the lead migration.
- The upper part is made of brass OT58 – “CW617N”.
- The fittings are in brass with nickel treatment, and the s. valves are made of brass OT58 – “CW617N”.
- Height (inches) 13, approximate
- Width (inches) 10, approximate
- Depth (inches) 9, approximate
- Weight (pounds) 16
- Wattage (watts) 1000
- Voltage (volts) 110-120
- Portafilter size (mm) 57
- Tank capacity (liters) 2.7
Country of manufacture Italy
- Height (inches) 13.5, approximate
- Width (inches) 9.5, approximate
- Depth (inches) 10.5, approximate
- Weight (pounds) 16
- Wattage (watts) 1050
- Voltage (volts) 110-120
- Boiler capacity (liters) 0.22
- Portafilter size (mm) 57
- Tank capacity (liters) 2.6
- Country of manufacture Italy
A great upgrade from my previous machine (Via Venezia), it's shiny as ever. Heats up pretty quickly. Decent steam comes out, haven't quite got the hang of it for milk, but much better than last machine. The 57mm portafiter size doesn't matter to me since I'm not worried about accessories that much. My Gaggia MDF is consistent enough to get good shots dialed in as long as I'm doing good bed prep, so I'm content. The single shot basket works okay too. The water container is a little weird, but fine and was able to drop in a water softener cartridge since it's not recommended to descale the boiler all that much. The challenge might be it's not that popular in the US, but for the value you get with the gauge and pid it really should be. Between my wife and I we've been pulling 6-8 shots everyday for a month and it's been solid. This thing looks like it's built inside to last and be serviceable, so here's hoping this will last 10years like the last machine I had.
This machine does exactly what you need it to do. I can't imagine a single-boiler machine under $1k that does the job better. The PID is easy to use and provides that extra bit of control and security that you're brewing consistently. Recommended!