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Melitta Manual Drip - All - Don Rutherford's Review
Posted: October 15, 2009, 3:55am
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Name Ranking
Martinian Prince 10.00
John Walker 8.75
Don Rutherford 8.00
David Marley 7.75
Spencer Turer 7.66

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Product Reviewed: 10 cup manual
Manufacturer: Melitta Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $14.99 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Melitta website Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: moka-drip-press
Bottom Line: Don't focus on price only, this is the superior drip method!
Positive Product Points

Price
Ease of use
Allows total control of brewing process
Superior to electric drip machines

Negative Product Points

None

Detailed Commentary

My objective was to discover a brew method that allowed me to brew a french press quality product, in an amount that would allow me to fill a thermos to share at work. Making 3 or 4 press pots each morning just took too much time. I tried all the tweeks for my drip pot, such as a permanent filter, grinding and adding water immediately before brewing, using spring water, and the taste was still lacking. I do not have an espresso machine, so I consider the french press as the "gold standard" brewing method.

I read the reviews about the Newco and Technivorm machines and understand that they stand alone as the only drip machines that brew at the proper temp. I also read the reviews about the Melitta manual coffee makers, and decided I would try this first, then move up to the Newco or T-vorm if not satisfied.

Well I must say that with some experimentation with my grinder, and with help from the c-geek blog, I feel that I have achieved a french press taste in a larger volume than the press allows. I set my baratza virtuoso anywhere from 16 to 18, and using the brew techniques described in Mark Prince's "How to use a pour over brewer" guide, as well as those in the c-geek consumer reviews, I can actually hand craft the perfect pot of coffee, hot, rich, and very french press-like in taste. I now have total control of the entire process, grind-water quality & temp-brew time, which results in a superior product. I currently use the paper filters, but I have purchased a gold tone filter and will experiment to find that filter's "sweet spot".

The price is very attractive, but I am more interested in the finished product, and gladly would have put out the money for the Newco or T-vorm without hesitation. But now that is not necessary, and I can use the money saved to purchase better beans.

Buying Experience

Melitta web site was a very positive experience. Questions were answered promptly, item shipped quickly via UPS ground with package tracking. Item packed very well in delivery box. I will order from them again. Highly recommended!

Three Month Followup

Still using every day. My Melitta and Virtuoso make an incredible brew. I am hooked on the Melitta manual pour over!

One Year Followup

Still my every day coffee preparation method. Still delivers a great cup very french press like in quality. I see no reason to change.

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