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Melitta 80395 Coffee Grinder
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2013
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The grinder does a great job, it has an even accurate grind and it automatically metes out the appropriate amount of grounds. The two issues which, in my opinion, don't overshadow it's positive points; the bin for the beans could have been larger but this is a minor thing, the larger issue is the tight fitting wonky receptical for the ground coffee; it's messy and clunky. It (the receptical) has a very tight fitting lid that is square. This makes it unwieldy to open and close. The container makes a bit of a mess when you take it off the grinder and it is also messy as you pour the coffee grinds into the filter. I think that Melitta could make a few changes on their next iteration.

Less than a year after this review, this grinder ground its last bean! Once again I am back to a chopper grinder. Oh well, my Melitta is no more.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2013
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The Melitta 80395 Burr Coffee Grinder is a reasonable value for the money but it has a few problems that potential buyers should be aware of before purchasing.

- The bean hopper does not hold 16.5 ounces of coffee beans. It is even printed on the outside of the box but it is simply not true. The bean hopper holds around 6.5 ounces of roasted coffee beans or about the amount you end up with when you roast 8 ounces of green coffee. Looks like an overzealous copy editor added a 1 to the volume measurement somewhere along the way but this is actually a minor complaint.

- The grind of the coffee at the various grind settings is fairly uniform and it does offer quite a range of potential grinds. Unfortunately, the grind selector dial will move to a slightly coarser setting as the grinder operates when you have it set on the lowest (finest) setting. Not really a problem unless you want to grind very fine coffee.

- Larger coffee beans do not feed evenly from the bean hopper into the grinding chamber. Average size and smaller beans feed fine but you will need to shake the grinder while it operates for larger beans to continuously feed. The problem appears to be the diameter of the throat of the grinding chamber and larger beans will create a bean jam while they are feeding. Shaking the grinder clears the jam but this is a nuisance. I was surprised at how similar the grinding chamber design is on the Melitta 80395 is to the design of my 30+ year old Waring 11CG12 Burr Coffee Grinder. That grinder has served me well but it will no longer produce fine grinds because of wear on the burrs. I hope the Melitta will last as long since it is a similar design.

- The cup selector dial seems to be a timer that cuts the grinder off after a fixed amount of time depending on the dial setting. If the beans feed properly into the grinding chamber, the grinder is fairly consistent in the amount of coffee it grinds but you will need to measure out the amount of ground coffee to get a feel for what setting you should use. Just look at the numbers on the dial as an arbitrary scale. They do not have much relationship to cups of coffee anyway since brew strength is fairly subjective and somewhat dependent on roast. Having the timer switch to hit for grinding a fixed amount of coffee is nice once you get comfortable with how it works.

- The hopper that catches the ground coffee seals well and you do not get much grounds spillage around the grinder but the way it is designed makes dumping the coffee out of the hopper a little messy. Seems like the designers could have done a better job with the hopper design.

- The Melitta 80395 is fairly noisy when it operates but since you only run it for a short period of time this is not a major complaint. My Waring makes a similar amount of noise. Suspect it is the nature of the beast for counter top coffee grinders.

Overall, I am satisfied with the Melitta 80395. It is a good value for the money but it is not perfect, hence the 4 star rating.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
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Had to return the machine. Could not get a consistent grind. I like extra fine for espresso, but final product mixed fine grind (80%) with bean pieces/chunks (20%)
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2012
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I had been using a Krups burr grinder that broke after a year. This new grinder in easier to set and much faster. The grind is very uniform and I so far am very pleased
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2013
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After perusing coffee grinders for a year - I've found that the Melitta 80395 Burr Grinder meets all of my expectations. A friend has a pretty pricey Capresso and I've coveted it for years. Having tired of buying pre-packaged ground coffee that doesn't meet my taste (at $13. a pound) I decided to take a risk on one that didn't get the same cred, but definitely hit the mark when reviews and dollar value were combined. It works perfectly = and yes, it is noisy (but so it the Capresso) and messy at times (ditto the Capresso). At least it doesn't have the shrieking whir noise of the hand-held grinders = plus you can save yourself the early morning noise assault by grinding several cups in advance...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2013
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If you plan on using this unit for anything other just regular drip grind, move along. Out of the box, the grinder is a nice small size and is easy to operate. Unfortunately, the problems become apparent when you started using it. After reading the instructions and setting everything up, I set the grinder to the most course setting for French press. The grind that it produced was at least half powder. I tried to put it through the French press, but there were so many fines in the coffee that I decided to put it through a paper coffee filter. The powder that this grinder produced on the course setting was so fine that it totally clogged the paper filter. I tried to vary the grind settings, but it always product some amount of powdered grinds in the output. On examination of the grinding mechanism, you can easily see that it is the exact same system used in other cheap coffee grinders like Black & Decker and Mr. Coffee.

I have tried many different grinders and have come to the conclusion that there are no decent electric grinders under a $100. If you aren't concerned with the quality of your coffee and are just making drip coffee, then this unit and others like it will do the job. For everyone else, you need to up your budget or go manual. For a similar price, the Hario Skerton (or Kyocera model) are good manual grinders, but are more work if you need to grind a bunch of coffee. The Bodum Bistro is a halfway decent electric grinder, but I've had some problems with mine.

EDIT: This is a wheel burr grinder which pulverizes with fast spinning discs, resulting in a grind much like that of a blade grinder. They are cheaper and smaller than this. To get more consistent results you need a conical burr grinder, which you can find in lesser expensive hand mills (Hario Skerton, Porlex, etc.) and more expensive electric grinders (Bodum Bistro, Baratza Encore, etc.)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
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I love this coffee grinder! It allows you to choose how many cups of coffee you want to make, how fine you want the grind to be, then grinds exactly the proper amount into the holder. Then you just pour into your coffee filter and brew away.

The grinder at the grocery store was malfunctioning and ground the beans very course, so I just poured the course-ground coffee into the grinder, set it for the grind I wanted, and now I have perfectly ground coffee every day.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
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I had a hard time finding a grinder that had excellent reviews across the board so I just settled for this one because it had good reviews and was a good price. I do not regret it at all. Performs excellent and grinds consistently.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
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Unfortunately this product is not meant for grinding for espressos...grind was to coarse and that did not allow proper extraction. I ended up returning it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
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For a long time, we've been using the store grinders, but if you grind a 2lb bag all at once and use over time, taste changes after about a week. With this grinder, you can grind only as much as you need and taste is always fresh. We were able to find a setting that suited our espresso machine perfectly. Also, love the fact that you just need to set the amount you want ground and hit a button and the machine does the rest by itself, so much better than the old style grinders, where you had to keep a button pressed for it to run. It's also quite fast, you can have enough for a cup in seconds. Seems to be pretty solid, so I hope it lasts. So far, we've been pleased with it.
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