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  • Thoughts on the Lelit PL60T? Comparisons to Diadema Junior/BES900?

    Hi there,

    Just wondering what are people's thoughts on and experiences with the Lelit PL60T?
    I've watched the video from Jetblack Espresso where 6 coffees are made and I was impressed.
    However, there isn't a great deal of information about this machine.

    Does anyone know how it compares to the Diadema Junior Semi Auto or the BES900?

    I currently have a Sunbeam 6910 and Macap MXA grinder.
    I'm looking to move the 6910 to the office pairing it with the em0480 and getting a new machine for home.
    I usually have 2-3 milk coffees per day and cater for our bible study once a week with about 6-8 coffees manily milk based.
    I'd like to have the flexibility to use it at small/medium sized church events 10-30 people.

    Thanks for your time.

    Liam

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    Hello there.

    The BFC/Diadema Junior is a semi commercial heat exchanger machine and will handle your stated requirements with one hand tied behind its back!

    Hope that helps.

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    • #3
      Personally, I like the Lelit, cute as a button, and by all accounts, solid and well built. If I had the need for a second machine, I would take a good look at it - got everything you might need: DB, PID, small, only 11kg, easy to move about, and a good work horse. But you can also make a good case for the Diadema and Breville. I don't know how well the Breville travels, it might be happier staying put, but then you might like that it's packed with electronics, a big draw card for many. Diadema is a classy machine, with a fine reputation. All up, it's a difficult call since each of those machines would meet your requirements.

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      • #4
        Thanks for your input, Fresh_Coffee and Bernsbrew.

        So it would be fair to say so far that:

        * the Diadema will perform better than the Lelit and the BES900 but all will do what I need.

        * the Lelit would be easiest to move around.

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        • #5
          hmmm ... the PL60T DB Lelit in the red corner versus the Diadema Junior E61 HX in the blue corner

          I guess we could clear a space on Saturday and let them go at it

          Do we count heat up time or do we let them "warm up" first?

          charlie

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          • #6
            Thanks Charlie.

            Happy to be wrong!

            Sounds like the Lelit is quicker on the heat up time.

            I'd love to hear how the matchup goes!

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            • #7
              one thing I dont think I like about the Lelit is the porta filter is an odd size and I dont know if the 58mm size fit, ie you have to buy a basket or a tamper to fit the Lelit and a lot of places that sell these items tend to stock the 58mm size which will fit a lot of other machines. JMHO

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tonym1 View Post
                one thing I dont think I like about the Lelit is the porta filter is an odd size and I dont know if the 58mm size fit, ie you have to buy a basket or a tamper to fit the Lelit and a lot of places that sell these items tend to stock the 58mm size which will fit a lot of other machines. JMHO
                Lelit (57mm) Filter Baskets are not difficult to acquire, neither are top-notch Tampers to suit. How many Filter Baskets do you actually need anyway? They're not the sort of thing that wears out in five minutes and I never found the 57mm Double to be any kind of slouch in the performance stakes either. Holds between 16-18g of coffee depending on coffee variables and produces wonderful shots so long as the nut holding the handle does his or her bit....

                Mal.

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