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Melitta Grinders - All - Paul Pikowsky's Review
Posted: July 21, 2005, 7:15pm
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Melitta Grinders - All
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Arrow The Melitta Grinders - All has 17 Reviews
Arrow The Melitta Grinders - All has been rated 4.82 overall by our member reviewers
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Justin Bean 9.50
Bob Cosentino 7.50
J. D. 7.00
Andy White 6.75
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 4.6
Product Reviewed: MEBG8B
Manufacturer: Melitta Quality: 4
Average Price: Varies Usability: 3
Price Paid: $24.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: eBay Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 months Overall 3
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Blade grinder
Bottom Line: Finally, a burr grinder that is worse than a blade unit!
Positive Product Points

Dirt cheap.  Easy to find.  Quick disassembly for modification.

Negative Product Points

Grind is useless even for drip.  Not much to modify

Detailed Commentary

This is probably the cheapest burr grinder you will ever find.  If you want to hold one in your hands and don't have a local dealer, this might be a worthwhile experience.  It is also easy to disassemble if you want to try a modification to improve its performance.  

Right out of the box, it generated a confused mess of flaked, crushed and powdered coffee beans at the finest grind setting.  The powder promptly covered the entire inside of the coffee chamber aided by abundant static.  The rest fell to the bottom.  When I pulled the coffee chamber out, it quickly slipped out of my fingers to leave a further mess on the kitchen counter top.  The chamber is rather precisely the correct shape to leap out of a first-thing-in-the-morning grip.  The chamber has a lid that is just as slippery and hard to coordinate, especially when lined with powdered coffee.  I heard of a modification and took it apart to see what I could do.  The parts and fit are an embarrassment to the industrialized world.  The gear that holds the grinders in place fits slackly on its shaft and is probably a good part of why the grind is so inconsistent.  I tried the modification (See reviews for the unit at Amazon) and it will grind finer, but not more consistently.

Buying Experience

They are all over eBay.  I asked for a refund and was refused.  This is typical for food processing items.

Three Month Followup

It's long gone now.  Sold it again on eBay for a couple of bucks.  Moved on to a Zassenhaus for a while and I'm now using a Rocky.

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