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Melitta Grinders - All - JP Wilson's Review
Posted: January 21, 2004, 10:54pm
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Arrow The Melitta Grinders - All has 17 Reviews
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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: 6.2
Product Reviewed: Melitta MEM1B
Manufacturer: Salton Quality: 5
Average Price: Varies Usability: 5
Price Paid: $25.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: www.esalton.com Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 2 months Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: good for the price - once it's tweaked.
Positive Product Points

Espresso capable grind if you adjust the burrs.  Inexpensive - 14.99 through Amazon.

Negative Product Points

Static buildup.

Detailed Commentary

The Melitta MEM1B is the same as the La Pavoni PA Burr Grinder.  It's the same one as in the picture.  You'll probably need to modify the grinder for an espresso grind.  
To tweak the grinder:
1) Unscrew the three screws in the bean hopper.
2) the top half of the grinder will lift straight up off the botom half.
3) the fineness setting dial has one screw holding it in place - remove the screw.
4) note where the dial currently is and then lift the dial up and off
5) for a finer grind rotate te dial counter-clockwise and replace it - you'll now be able to get a finer grind.  I'm not sure how far I turned my dial to get the grind I wanted.  I got a grind that was too fine the first time and ended up backing it off a bit.  Offhand I'd suggest a 1/4 turn of the dial.

Make sure you don't rotate the dial so far that the burrs touch - you'll ruin the machine if they touch.

If you wish to increase the overall range of grinds you can remove the stops that are on the bottom of the dial - just be careful not to dial in a grind that causes the burrs to touch.

I'm very happy with the grinder.  It's my first burr grinder so I have no frame of reference for a real comparison but it works great for my needs.  Mine seems to produce a fairly consistent grind on finer settings.  The static buildup is annoying but not umanagable.

If you look at http://coffeegeek.com/opinions/alanfrew/08-30-2002 it's the same burr set as the Gaggia MM - the ones that "barely qualifies as a burr set".

Buying Experience

bought from www.esalton.com.  Check Amazon.com for cheaper prices.

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