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    New to Lelit PL042

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    First cup not so good...Got crema initially but then turned watery...I assume maybe i need to grind a finer grind and tamp with more pressure...Steam wand milk texture fine...

    I assume with this machine unlike the Sunbeam that i have to judge the time and amount of water per cup where as the sunbeam was a set time...

    Any tips appreciated...

    Also what if the switch with the uuuu
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    uuuu do
    Last edited by rooeey; 21st August 2018 at 11:53 AM.

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    The uuu could represent drops of water? Is there a water dispenser on your machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeezaw View Post
    The uuu could represent drops of water? Is there a water dispenser on your machine?
    I'd say - more likely water inside the keyboard...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rooeey View Post
    First cup not so good...Got crema initially but then turned watery...I assume maybe i need to grind a finer grind and tamp with more pressure...Steam wand milk texture fine...

    I assume with this machine unlike the Sunbeam that i have to judge the time and amount of water per cup where as the sunbeam was a set time...

    Any tips appreciated...

    Also what if the switch with the uuuu
    uuuu
    uuuu do
    Is it similar to this in the photo below Rooeey?

    If it is a 3 position toggle switch on the left, possibly it is hot water from the steam wand. Top position steam, and bottom position hot water from the group head. Maybe?

    Someone else may be able to confirm or offer another explanation...........

    The black knob on the left with the same uuu symbol sort of supports that idea.

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    Last edited by LFM60; 24th August 2018 at 10:45 PM.

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    Removed bad link (It's local to your computer.)

    This is my machine...I have taken it to Jetblack espresso for a service

    Removed commercial link as per Site Posting Policy

    Sorry about the clunky IT skills but this links to an image of my machine.....
    Last edited by Javaphile; 27th August 2018 at 07:59 AM. Reason: Remove commercial link

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    Yes its the mid setting on that image....

    Still something not right though too much water coming through too fast and if i tamp harder and refine the grind too much pressure water leaks from group head...

    I am no Barrista but i have done a 1 day course so i do know a bit....Something not right here..Maybe the service center will pick it up..

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    How old are your beans? When were they roasted? Sounds like it could be old beans.
    Last edited by level3ninja; 28th August 2018 at 09:22 AM.

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    Maybe so on this ocassion...Could that really cause this ?
    Way too much water flowing too fast..

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    Yep absolutely. The older the beans the finer they need to be ground to get the same flow through them, but there will come a point where you choke the machine. Sounds exactly like what's happening to you. I think it's worth ruling out before you pay a couple of hundred to diagnose it.



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