Kitchen 121

    Published on March 20th, 2006 | by Greg


    Melitta: Coffee / Grinder / Brewer

    Melitta makes a wide variety of coffee-related products, and we’re going to review three of them: their grinder, Hawaii Estate Blend coffee, and One:One pod brewer.
    Let’s start with the good news: their burr grinder is nice. It’s not going to get your grounds as fine as a professional-grade machine, but it cleans fairly easily, is widely adjustable and consistent, and is attractive to boot. We found the process to be relatively quick, and maybe just a bit louder than comparable blade grinders. Priced at $30 retail, but available at Amazon for around half that, it’s a good bargain. Some on Amazon have suggested a way to produce a much finer grind and with their suggestions the MEBG8B works like a charm- though it doesn’t appear to be listed on Melitta’s website any longer.

    On a, well, more bitter note- the Hawaii Estate Blend coffee! just doesn’t cut it around here. Of course, getting coffee that’s probably travelled from Hawaii to the mainland and back to us doesn’t help it’s freshness much. But with so many varieties of great Kona coffee available, we recommend sticking with another brand. The price is reasonable at around $7 for 10 ounces, but it’s dark roast mutes any subtle Hawaiian tones.

    The last, and most mixed review of this group goes to the One:One Pod brewer. We’ve taken a look at several pod brewers before, and we found the Melitta brewer to be the most economical of the bunch. For only $50, this is one of the cheapest single serve coffee brewers on the market. And, for better or worse, you get what you pay for- the coffee isn’t as good as with other systems, and the unit takes quite a while to heat up. There are plenty of pods available though, and the One:One is fairly stylish and easy to use. Ultimately, it’s not a bad machine- nice design, mediocre coffee, decent price.

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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