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Le'lit PL53 - Christopher Browne's Review
Posted: April 19, 2010, 3:51pm
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Le'Lit PL53 Grinder
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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: 8.0
Manufacturer: Le'Lit Quality: 7
Average Price: $289.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $300.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: iDrinkCoffee Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Saeco MC2002 Burr
Bottom Line: Excellent value for a robust espresso grinder in the near-$300 range.
Positive Product Points

Attractive mirror polished steel...   Consistent grind...  Built like a tank...

Considerably better than anything else I have seen that is near in price range.

Most importantly, it grinds well and consistently.

Negative Product Points

Dialing it up and down requires a LOT of turns of the dial, making it fairly impractical to use this for both Espresso and, effectively, any other grind.

One "safety-ish" issue: there's sharp-ish sheet metal used to control where your portafilter will go; push anything else in there and it's likely to get scraped up.  This isn't a major problem, but underlines that This Is An Espresso Grinder, and would-be buyers expecting it to also be suitable for their French Press needs are likely to be disappointed.

I guess that justifies my keeping a "whirlyblade" around for such occasions.

Detailed Commentary

I'd been using a Saeco MC2002 Burr for a mighty long time, and finally got sick of cleaning the table of the huge amounts of static-clinged beans that go everywhere.

I considered quite a number of grinders, even including the manual ones.  This looked like a fine choice in the near-$300 price range, and my post-ownership experiences haven't pointed me to think I got the choice wrong.  This is a BIG step up from the Saeco grinder.

  • The doser isn't "superduper great"; it is a *little* bit messy, but does successfully get nearly all the grounds into the portafilter.  Other reviewers have reported it painful to remove the cover to clean the doser - while I did find it a little tricky to screw the thumbscrew in afterwards, it was only a *little* tricky.  I felt no need to look for a drill to improve this.
  • There's a bit of a tendancy for clumping at two levels:

    1. I often find I want to stir/shake the beans a bit, as they seem to get stuck just a bit in the hopper.
    2. There's some clumping of grounds after coming out of the burr and heading down the chute to the portafilter.

None of this is serious - wiggling my finger in the hopper once in a while resolves #1 nicely, and I expect that if I kept the hopper more completely full, the added weight of the beans above would resolve it automatically.

It's a mighty nice step up from my previous grinders.

Buying Experience

The folks at IDrinkCoffee are always helpful, friendly, and interesting to talk with.  I came in preferring the idea of buying this grinder, and was pleased to discover that despite having a fair number of grinders out of stock, this one was in stock.

Three Month Followup

After a few more months, there's not a huge amount to add.

  • My bit of concern about sharp-ish sheet metal seems *not* well placed.  Not a major problem.

  • The clumping issue is consistent; I do find I need to poke at the beans in the hopper to ensure they fall into the grinder.

I still like the grinder.

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