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Le'lit PL53 - Bill Way's Review
Posted: January 21, 2010, 5:00pm
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Le'Lit PL53 Grinder
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Arrow The Le'lit PL53 has 19 Reviews
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Joshua Wark 10.00
Tim Cashin 9.00
Dawn Lauryn 9.00
Marko Mlinar 9.00
Gary Edmunds 9.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Lelit Espresso Quality: 10
Average Price: $289.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $269.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: 1st Line Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Maestro, Rocky
Bottom Line: Built like a tank, extremely precise and consistent, easy to use and clean up.
Positive Product Points

Easy to use, *very* precise, consistent grind, easy to clean up.

Negative Product Points

Gross changes in the grind require hundreds (really) of turns of the stiff black knob on the side. You aren't gonna use this for espresso today, and French press tomorrow. It's a one-trick pony: set it for espresso and leave it. If you have American coffee drinkers in the house, give 'em the beans and a hammer.

Detailed Commentary

When my old Solis Maestro grinder finally gave up the ghost, I got hold of Jim at 1st Line to ask him what to buy. I expected one of the usual expensive machines, but he said his favorite was this Lelit, which he used at home himself, so I bought it.

Unpacking it, I realized the machine is compact, but heavy, and beautifully finished in a mirror-polish stainless. Setup should take a couple minutes. **Do** read Jim's recommendations on setting the grind (on his web site). I didn't, and assumed I wanted the grind almost all the way to the "fine" side. Many hundreds of turns of the black knob, I wasn't anywhere close to the end of the "fine" scale, and it was producing impressively fine, if useless, coffee dust, about the consistency of talc. Hundreds of turns *back* on that knob, I finally got it back to where it should be, though my fingers were sore afterward.

To grind, press the portafilter into the front of the machine, and it pushes a button that runs the grinder. I have to jiggle the portafilter a couple  times as it fills, or it all piles up on one side of the portafilter. (I have an Elektra lever machine, which has a pretty small-diameter portafilter - if you have a wide-diameter portafilter, you won't have to do any jiggling.)

It took a few days to dial in the grind just right. Once I got it close, I varied the grind knob by 20 turns one way or the other... then 10 turns. Less that that really doesn't make any difference I can see. I now get a nice crema, and a smooth, rich, nutty flavor every time. The combo of this grinder with the Elektra lever machine is coffee heaven.

The tray below that catches the overflow is separate from the machine. To clean it, just pull it out, rinse it, and put it back. It stays in place by means of a slight press fit inside the sides of the grinder body. Nothing could be simpler.

Buying Experience

As long as Jim has 1st Line, I'm buying my coffee gear from him. His prices are competitive, and he ships fast. He is a nice personable guy to deal with, and his customer support is superb.

Three Month Followup

see 10 year above

One Year Followup

At almost 10 years of daily use, this little machine works and looks just like the day it was bought.

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