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Le'lit PL53 - Chuck Daggett's Review
Posted: August 17, 2009, 8:04am
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Le'Lit PL53 Grinder
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Arrow The Le'lit PL53 has 19 Reviews
Arrow The Le'lit PL53 has been rated 8.74 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since July 25, 2008.
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Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
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: 8
Average Price: $289.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $269.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: 1st-Line Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: none
Bottom Line: Great gind without breaking the bank.
Positive Product Points

This machine was built for grinding espresso.  It has a stepless adjustment for extreme control of the grind. It is a compact grinder so it does not take up a lot of counter space. The doserless shoot works very well. Stainless steel construction is good, without a lot of plastic is doesnít seem to be prone to static issues. Conical burrs with the larger burr outside diameter size measured at 38mm, Burrs made of hardened steel.

Negative Product Points

The plastic knob to remove the doserless chute is too tight. It will still come out but is tough to screw back in. A small set of modifications can be made by anyone handy. With a set of pliers, pull the slotted tab out a little and with a small file, grind the slot longer. Itís pretty easy.

Detailed Commentary

"I couldn't be more please.  I think I read somewhere (maybe from Jim at 1st-Line) that the grinder ships with a very fine setting so I backed the knob off 2 full turns CCW. I ground some beans I got  about a month ago and had not opened them up yet. Tamp at 20# and my Le'lit espresso machine stalled out. I backed off 2 more turns CCW, tamped at 20# and the my Le'lit tried to stall out and just got a drip. Backed off 1 full turn CCW, tamp at 20# and the pull was exciting to watch. The double pull started at about 6 seconds and was like warm honey. It took about 20 seconds and was at least 50% crema. The flavor was smooth and rich. I know I have a lot of optimizing to do and look forward to fine tuning the grind settings and tamp pressures.

I wrote that about a month or so ago. Since then I have continued to be impressed by this machine. The continuous adjustment makes it easy to dial in the grind as the beans age or for a different batch.  I only pull about 8 cups a week so I don't grind a lot of beans but it seems to be built to last.  

I think I made a good choice.  Plus it looks good next to my LeLit PL041 espresso machine.

Buying Experience

I bought it from Jim at 1st-Line. What can I say that everyone doesn't already know....shipped fast, packed right...good price.

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