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Melitta Mill n Brew - Mel Moon's Review
Posted: December 21, 2007, 9:52am
review rating: 9.5
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Arrow The Melitta Mill n Brew has 14 Reviews
Arrow The Melitta Mill n Brew has been rated 7.00 overall by our member reviewers
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Name Ranking
Mel Moon 9.50
Colleen Canavan 7.50
Mike Winkelman 7.33
Java Junkie Princess 7.00
Art Thompson 6.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.6
Manufacturer: Melitta Quality: 8
Average Price: $60.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $55.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Kitchen Outlet Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 3 years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Easy to use & has held up well; love it for that freshly ground and brewed, ready when I wake up, coffee!
Positive Product Points

Easy to use, very convenient (like I said, freshly gound and brewed when I wake up). It has held up very well to almost 4 years of use.  Black color still looks good over time as opposed to a white finish that becomes "coffee stained" over time.  Not sure if they still make these but I thought it was a good value for the price at the time and I still think so.

Negative Product Points

A little more effort to clean out the grounds and take care of.  Burner shuts off after only an hour.  The little plastic piece that holds the grinder lid closed may break.

Detailed Commentary

I have put this through some hard use in the past three years.  Speaking of "hard," we have hard water here in southwest MO. So, I run some vinegar through it once a month and this has kept it working as good as new. Also, it takes less than 10 minutes to brew a full pot.

It grinds fairly evenly for a blade grinder. I now have a conical burr grinder, which I mainly use for my press or espresso maker, but I still use this on mornings that I want to “wake up to coffee.” It does a good enough job, and I don’t want to grind the night before with the burr grinder and leave it setting in there. I love the fact that only a few seconds after grinding, here comes the hot water! That’s fresh! Now, if I’m making a pot later, I will use the burr grinder and dump the grounds in just before turning it on. Just remember to push the “mill” button, which turns the light on, which, in turn, means the grinder is off. (You get used to it)

I listed the cleaning as a negative, but it’s really not so bad. It’s not as easy as throwing a paper filter away, but it takes only a little effort to get it clean. One can tap the upside down filter to dump the grounds in a compost can, trash can, or let them go down the disposal. I then use the spray attachment at the sink to spray out the remaining grounds. I wouldn’t recommend using a very stiff brush or rough cleaning pad. Occasionally, I’ll put it through the dish washer (along with the grinding compartment, lid, and pot). My filter is still as good as new after three years of constant use. The other plus here is that the filter does a good job and lets all the oils through that get stopped in a paper filter. The result is more flavor. I do, however, like for the filter to be dry before grinding and making another pot. Otherwise, more of the grinds stick to the sides of the filter basket instead of falling to the bottom.

The grind settings go 1 through 7. For some reason, I find that mine is just right (for most beans) at the 3 setting. More than that produces a bit of silt in the pot. Also, one must remember that any flickering of the electricity will reset the clock, timer, and the grind setting goes to the default setting of 4.

There is also the issue of the latch breaking that holds the grinder lid in place. Yes, this has happened. I use a medium rubber band to hold it in place. I loop it through the latches that hold the bottom of the grinder assembly onto the base and then onto the button at the top that I formerly pushed to unlatch it. If this is not secure, a safety feature will not let it grind or brew. I’ve read that others simply place a weighted object on top to hold it closed.

The other negative is the hot plate shuts off after only an hour. This is not a big issue with me since coffee loses flavor after that long anyway. If I’m around the house that long, I just go ahead and put it in an insulated carafe. Or, you can turn it back on, but remember to push the “mill” button or it will run the grinder again!

Over all, I have been very satisfied with this product. I mainly keep using it because of its convenience. I primarily use it for morning coffee, or if I need to make a whole pot for guests. Otherwise, I use the press for that afternoon cup.

Buying Experience

I got a good price at one of those specialy kitchen outlet stores in Branson.

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