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jwark
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Espresso: Le'Lit PL041TQE
Grinder: Le'Lit PL53
Posted Sun Dec 30, 2012, 9:49pm
Subject: about to pull the trigger on Lelit PL041TQE with Lelit Pl53 grinder
 

After researching all day long I'm about to buy these two from first line.

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Grinder

I read that grinder is really good for the price. Anyone have any thoughts or warnings about either of these products?

 
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Espresso: Cimbali Junior Gaggia...
Grinder: Pharos CC45 Mazzer Mini
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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:16pm
Subject: Re: about to pull the trigger on Lelit PL041TQE with Lelit Pl53 grinder
 

You have made a great choice for that price point.  One thing to keep in mind is that the grinder will for all intents and purposes be espresso only since it has a very fine adjustment knob (one retailer says it would take hundreds of turns of the knob to go from espresso grind to drip).  So plan to have a different grinder for drip or French press.  Using the search function should find you a lot if information posted by owners of these machines.
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Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012, 7:33am
Subject: Re: about to pull the trigger on Lelit PL041TQE with Lelit Pl53 grinder
 

yeah, espresso only grinders are like that...not only too many turns to make it feasible to readjust for drip or press, but also, once you leave the espresso setting, you have to redial it in.  Of course, if you're like me, you won't really make anything other than espresso. I only make press when my Mom comes to visit (she's in LA and I'm in Houston), and she's actually quite happy with americanos.

Enjoy the LeLit set!  The only real downside I see is the pf is 57mm.  Not a problem until you go to upgrade, and then, only if you bought more pf handles and baskets that you would like to keep, because most other machines are 58mm.  Oh, and I guess if you buy a tamper, you'll need to get a new one when you upgrade (though if you get a Reg Barber, you can just get a new base).

 
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Espresso: Le'Lit PL041TQE
Grinder: Le'Lit PL53
Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:00am
Subject: Re: about to pull the trigger on Lelit PL041TQE with Lelit Pl53 grinder
 

emradguy Said:

yeah, espresso only grinders are like that...not only too many turns to make it feasible to readjust for drip or press, but also, once you leave the espresso setting, you have to redial it in.  Of course, if you're like me, you won't really make anything other than espresso. I only make press when my Mom comes to visit (she's in LA and I'm in Houston), and she's actually quite happy with americanos.

Enjoy the LeLit set!  The only real downside I see is the pf is 57mm.  Not a problem until you go to upgrade, and then, only if you bought more pf handles and baskets that you would like to keep, because most other machines are 58mm.  Oh, and I guess if you buy a tamper, you'll need to get a new one when you upgrade (though if you get a Reg Barber, you can just get a new base).

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Thanks for the insight. I already do have separate regular coffee grinder so don't have to worry about that. I actually thought that reg barber tamper seemed a little overpriced so I bought the ones that 1st-line.com makes. They are interchangeable as well but only half the price. I guess I'll see how that goes.

 
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Espresso: Le'lit PL041
Grinder: Rocky DL
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Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:22am
Subject: Re: about to pull the trigger on Lelit PL041TQE with Lelit Pl53 grinder
 

I have a basic stainless steel tamper, probably like what you're getting from 1st Line, and it works fine. :) I think you're going to love your new set up. Be prepared for a little bit of a learning curve, but my guests are always surprised at how much better they like my coffee, over what they pay $4 for every day. :)
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Espresso: Le'Lit PL041TQE
Grinder: Le'Lit PL53
Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:52am
Subject: Re: about to pull the trigger on Lelit PL041TQE with Lelit Pl53 grinder
 

Yeah I have only been to a few coffee shops ever that made decent espresso. I don't get why people say starbucks is so great. They have what looks to be a $10,000 machine but their coffee has no flavor in my opinion.

I like it really thick and cremalicious. I also ordered some fresh roasted beans from Klatch coffee but it was a little pricey. Going to have to spend some time researching where I can get fresh beans at a decent price.

 
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