September 23, 2004

Review: Melitta One:One Coffee Pod Brewer

Review from Single Serve - Coffee Pod Reviewsredmelitta.jpgThe folks at Melitta sent us a red (we called it the Ferrari for the two weeks we tested it) One:One. I have to admit - even though my first single serve machine was a Senseo, the Melitta was in the US market before it.

Melitta LogoI remember seeing a Black One:One and thinking, "That thing looks incredibly cool. Too bad it won't be around for long." How wrong I was this Spring! The Melitta is definitely here to stay.

Not long after that - I kept seeing it everywhere (at least here in Cambridge, MA) and longed to have it. The design of the pod boxes, the machine itself, and the range of colors made it very hard to pass up.

Purchase the Melitta MES2B OneOne Single Serve Coffeemaker


Melitta Background

The company Melitta has been around a long time. So thinking that this machine wouldn't have a chance - was way off base. The company has been in business since 1908 (okay roughly that) and revolutionized the coffee industry back then with it's paper filter. So - it's not surprising that Melitta would try and revolutionize the single serve market with a great cup of pod driven coffee and tea.

Melitta One:One Coffee Maker Impressions

The Melitta One:One is a beautiful little machine. It's about the same size as the Senseo, and kind of looks like a rocket ship and is a tad alien looking as well. The top of the machine holds the pod, and the pod area opens with a pulling click!

The water reservoir is vertically held in the back by two clips. I know the review is only starting - but this is our main complaint. Getting the water reservoir to release from the two plastic clips is challenging. We ended up refilling it with water in the back as the week went on with a water pitcher.

We also broke one of the clips in testing and this made it much easier to get the water tank on and off. :-) That being said - even with the broken clip - there were no issues of leaking - etc. So our 2 cents - make the water tank easier to get on and off.

The One:One also comes with 2 different pod holders - one for Tea and One for Coffee. The one for making tea has a shorter spout so you can make Iced Tea with it and fit a tall glass under the maker. This is really nice to have from the start - who wants their tea mixing with their coffee? I don't. :-)

The machine heats up in about 45 seconds or so, and then does the standard steady light to tell you it's ready to brew. Like the Senseo, the One:One has a 5oz and an 8oz button. This is great for that super strong 5oz and strong 8oz mug of coffee. Our only complaint - given that the One:One doesn't brew crema coffee - there is no froth on the coffee to fool you into thinking that it brewed more than 8ozs as with the Senseo.

One:One Coffee Impressions

pods.gifI'll say it right off the bat - the One:One makes a great cup of coffee. We sampled every coffee they offered: Love at First Sip, Buzzworthy(yes the names are a bit interesting aren't they?), French Kisses, and Go Hazelnuts. We liked them all. The Buzzworthy was easily our favorite.

B00022UTMK.01-A28T6MAD3PNUW9.MZZZZZZZ.jpgThe One:One also preps the coffee pod by dispersing a little bit of hot water first, then finishing the brew. This makes for a nice rich dark cup of coffee. Now - you know we like the coffee - but what about the teas?

One:One Tea Impressions

There is not as many teas available for the One:One as coffees. Since I'm not an avid tea drinker, I defer to my mother in law for tea reviews. She felt the color was right, rich and rosy for all teas we tried (Zen in Black, Shades of Jade, and All That Razzberry). Zen in Black was her favorite. She thought the tea was decent and that though it wasn't stunning - the convenience and quality made it more than acceptable.

Melitta One:One Availability

The availability of the pods and maker, also make it appealing. We counted no less than 8 stores in the local Cambridge area that carried the machine. If you don't have a place that sells the One:One in your area - you can purchase the machine from Amazon and have coffee shipped direct from Melitta on an ongoing basis in their own coffee club.


We love the Melitta One:One! It's a well designed machine that makes great coffee and tea. The different colors, the different teas, the different coffees, and the polish on both the maker and the way they package up the entire coffee experience makes the Melitta One:One just plain fun. Nice work Melitta!


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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 23, 2004 11:25 AM
Recent Comments

I picked up a one:one at a resale shop.($3.99) I assumed it would have to have a water pump in it which brews hotter coffee, similar to a Starbucks espresso machine my friend has. I was right. To get a larger cup of espresso and use my own grind, I replaced the pod holder (metal insert) with a espresso holder from your typical inexpensive espresso machine, also from a resale shop.It has about 4x the capacity for grounds. It fit perfictly. There is some leakage at times and I have to dump and rinse the grinds out. But I get a large, hot cup, using any grinds I want. It is great. The coffee/espresso is hotter than the Starbucks maker, and I didn't spend over $200 to purchase

Posted by: rick at February 23, 2010 12:18 PM

I have a Keurig, but couldn't find a coffee I liked and using the pod adaptor (I do like the flavor of pods) was tedious and put grinds in the coffee sometimes. So I bought the One:One, The best cup of coffee I've had, the flavour is great and it makes a hotter cup of coffee than the keurig. Thanks Melitta! You should really be marketing this product more.

Posted by: Shana at January 28, 2010 7:03 PM

Melitta one:one, Althought I loved the concept and coffee it went away way too fast I soon had problems finding the pods on the shelf I could only order the pods online a year after I bought it as of 2008 they disappeared.

Posted by: kim at December 30, 2009 1:39 PM

I purchased a melitta One:One May 22, 2006. The Model # MES2W from JC Penney in Jacksonville, Florida. I liked the features, particularly the quickness in the heating of the water. I was not too happy about not being able to secure but only one flavor of the decaffinated coffee. My real problem however is the machine stopped heating the first of 2008. I called the number for custormer service in my manual and and was told the elements were gone and I could not get
replacements but simply discard.
I am disturbed that an appliance that had such a short life but such a remarkable advertizement could turn out to be this disappointing. If there is help for me available, someone please let me know.

Posted by: Mary Jameson at March 11, 2008 5:15 PM

I just found one of these at Big Lots, apparently the aftermath of the Salton closings. I figured for $12 I couldn't go wrong. (YES there are still some left for $12 at our local store). The teas were awefull, UNTIL I ran a pint of white vinegar through the tank, now it's great! I picked up some of the Lipton tea pods there as well, these work great in the One:One. I'm thinking of getting a second one, and modifying the pod-holder to hold 1/2 a teaball so I can put my own teas in and brew them.

Posted by: PosiCat at September 20, 2007 11:07 AM

Major crisis on the horizon! Have had my One: One coffee maker for 1.5 yrs but now its doing the constant fast red light thing... Which would normally indicate there not being enough water, however enough water is not the case. Naturally, the owners manual is lost in space (which is quite odd in our household as we have every warranty or manual filed in one spot) - absolute shame, really... Does anyone know what this could me and how I can fix it. I think I'm experiencing my first chest pain... Cheers, Noreen

Posted by: Noreen at March 30, 2007 8:43 AM

Just an FYI regarding Melitta changing the size of their coffee pods. Melitta does have a universal pod holder for the One:One machines. This consists of a new pod holder and spout (keep the old pod holder and spout as a spare). It holds the new size pods, and allows greater flexibility to use pods from other manufacturers. Not available in stores and not shown on their website, you must call customer service and express your concern for the new pod size, and they will send it to you free of charge. With regard to Senseo vs. One:one, I have both machines and keep both on my counter side by side. Sometimes I enjoy the Melitta Brew, and sometimes I enjoy the frothy euro-style coffee the Senseo produces. It's nice to have the flexibility. Melitta's customer service can be reached at: 1-888-MELITTA. Have a great day everyone! Thanks, Tom

Posted by: Tom at September 12, 2006 7:22 PM

To all folks experiencing leakage while using this unit - this is usually caused by "operator error". You must make sure that the pod is **completely** fitted within the pod holder. There should be absolutely no overhang of excess paper protruding from the holder. Even the slightest bit of overhang will cause a break in the seal of the gasket that is designed to prevent said leakage. You CAN use virtually any size pod in the Melitta unit - something that cannot be said of the Senseo unit. Here's a hint on how to use oversized senseo-type pods in your Melitta: 1) push pod completely into hold as tight as possible - any excess edge paper should be sticking straight up the sides of the holder. 2) gently lift out the pod so it retains its "new" shape. 3) turn over pod so edges of excess paper are pointing down. 4) put pod back in holder so smooth, rounded surface of pod is facing up and there are no edges of paper sticking up. 5) you may need to smooth the pod out along the edges of the holder so that there are no air gaps along the edges. This will also assure that you have an even coverage of coffee ground within the holder. 6) brew away. You should never hear a sucking sound when brewing coffee. If you do, this means that you pod is protruding from the holder and breaking the seal on the top gasket. This is the cause of 99% of all leakage. It takes about 10 seconds longer to follow the above simple steps and you should be assured of a great, full cup of coffee every time. Enjoy :-)

Posted by: Richard at June 11, 2006 2:32 PM

I received a One:One as a Christmas gift, and I was in love with it! However, the coffee tasted bitter to my husband and I, so I ended up being the only person who would use the little Melitta. Then, to my horror, the only store in town (Target) that used to sell the pods only started selling the Tea pods, not coffee (I am really not a tea drinker). Faced with the possibility of having to start buying my coffee online (and pay for shipping fees, etc), I bought a new Senseo that was on sale. Having tried both machines now, I must admit that I do like the Senseo better than my little Melitta, even though they are very similar. The fact that I can drive to my local grocery store and buy the pods is a HUGE seller for me, seeing as how I don't just have a ton of free time to go hunting for coffee pods!

Posted by: Jaime at May 10, 2006 11:23 PM

I received one of these as a gift, and I was very excited to use it. The pods that it came with in the box seemed to work fine, but the machine leaked a little. The replacement pods I ordered from Melita caused a lot of leaking and produced very small cups of coffee. I read on an Amazon post that Melita revised the size of their pods so that they would work with all pod brewers, but in doing so worsened the compatibility with their own.

However, I have recently discovered that the leaking problem was my fault all along. I was merely setting the pod on the holder and then cramming the lid down on top of it. The fix was to lightly push the sides of the pod down into the holder so that the lid clamps down on the sides of the holder, not the sides of the pod.

Not sure if this makes sense or not, but the instructions were poor for a first-timer.

Now I am very happy with my Melita! Glad I saved the ~$200 or so I was planning on spending for that Bunn!

Posted by: Schuyler Colfax at May 6, 2006 12:21 AM

I would try out - they may have fair trade pods - but if you have the current Melitta it should take up to a 10 gram pod so you may want to check Green Mountain and others.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at March 15, 2006 8:20 AM

Can anyone recommend Fair Trade pods for the Melita One:One? Thanks!

Posted by: Lorraine at March 14, 2006 12:35 PM

We had purchased a Melitta One:One about a year ago and enjoyed the coffee and convenience from it at first. We always had some small leakage of water (about 1 oz.) each time we made a cup of coffee. A few weeks ago, I purchased Melitta pods at the supermarket and the packaging indicated that the Melitta pods "now fit all pod brewing systems". But guess what, they no longer fit the One:One well at all. I would say we lost 3-4 oz. of coffee with every brew and it was making a mess of the kitchen counter. If you want a good one-cup system, save yourself the aggravation and get a Keurig. The coffee is great, there is no loss of water while brewing, the reservoir holds enough water for a morning's worth of coffee, and the B40 model isn't too expensive at $100.00

Posted by: Charlene Tyson at March 14, 2006 9:13 AM

I purchased the Melitta One:One in mid-December 2005. I initally loved it. It makes great coffee. But the output volume is steadily decreasing. I performed the de-scaling procedure in mid-February. Here it is, early March and the machine is messing up again. In order to get a 14 oz. cup of coffee, I have to the the 8 oz. button twice and the 5 oz. button once. Of course I don't have the box anymore or I'd return the machine.

I was considering getting the Senseo, but I like my current mug and it wouldn't fit under the Senseo spout.

Any suggestions?

Posted by: Ava Martin at March 8, 2006 1:24 PM

This is a very good machine but it does have a smaller reservoir. If you want a larger reservoir pod machine - Senseo makes a larger water tank and the Bunn My Cafe has a larger water tank as well.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at January 14, 2006 8:16 AM

My husband and I recently took a trip to Chicago and the hotel we stayed in had a Melitta. I goofed around with it and finally figured out how to brew a cup. My problem was that I had to keep adding water to the reservoir because the quick-flashing light would come on signalling "low water". Then, subsequently, the coffee mug overfilled with watered down coffee. We would like to buy a pod coffee maker, but hesitant due to our experience (or lack of, I should say) with the Melitta!

Posted by: Christine Hemingway at January 14, 2006 7:12 AM

I have both the Melitta one:one and the Senseo -the Melitta at work and the Senseo at home. I have to say that I prefer the Melitta to the Senseo. I am able to easily use any of the Senseo-sized pods in the Melitta (except for Podheads but since the make the right size for the one:one . . .) - I have found that it is very easy to push them into the filter. I also have tried the coffee pods from podheads and enjoyed them very much (however I DID have to cut down the adapter ring for the podheads). The only time I have ever experienced leakage from either machine was when using the adapter ring from podheads. (I took an exacto knife and a template and cut it down a couple of mm and it works fine now). I guess the reason that I like the one:one better is that I feel it makes a fuller cup of coffee. The Senseo seems just a little more watered down than the Melitta (but still makes a good cup of coffee). I guess this is just something I have noticed after drinking a cup from the Senseo at home and then drinking the same coffee from the Melitta an hour later at work . . . day after day. It is a subtle difference that you wouldn't notice if you weren't drinking from both machines each day.

Either way you can't lose. They are both great machines and make a great, full flavored cup of coffee!

Posted by: Elizabeth at August 1, 2005 3:04 PM

I purchased 2boxes of #4 filters and there was an offer of FREE Travel mug for mailing the rebate with proof of purchase and check for $3.95 for shipping and handling. I submitted the rebate form, proof of purchase, and check about two months ago. Check was cashed immediately. As of this date I have not received any other info about the mug.

Posted by: John B Junkinz at May 25, 2005 8:49 PM

I purchased a Senseo just before Christmas 2004, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the creamy cups of coffee. I have used Millstone coffee pods in it on occasion, but I have noticed leakage at times with the Millstone pods. I took a Senseo survey recently, and one question was in regards to using other brands of coffee pods. This makes me wonder if Senseo is planning the release of a slightly deeper set of pod holders to more easily accomodate the thicker pods. I also tried one of the reusable filter assemblies, but they seem to be most effective for the "short cup" 4 oz brews.

Posted by: John M. Kerry at May 15, 2005 1:46 AM

I bought a Melita clone branded "Juan Valdez" 1:1 brewer at Target for %50 off on December 26th. The 6x18ct variety pod packs were also %50 off. I figured how could I lose??? I love the brewer and the coffee and have not yet experimented with different brand pods yet. Call me 100% satisfied.

Posted by: Doug Braden at February 18, 2005 8:36 AM

Aloha Island coffee makes Kona pods for one:one - you should check them out.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at November 6, 2004 6:35 AM

Still love my One:one. I use it every day. It seems like everyone is suddenly selling them too. Definately worth the money. I am waiting for somebody to make a re-usable pod too, as I would love an easy cup of my kona coffee once in a while, but I am quite happy with the coffee that they manufactur.

Posted by: Naomi at November 5, 2004 9:39 PM

So far - there is no reusable pod for Melitta One that I know of.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at October 5, 2004 10:00 PM

I just bought a Melitta One and really like it. Like the Senseo, do you know of someone manufacturing a reuseable pod for the Melitta One?

Posted by: ken at October 5, 2004 7:57 PM

So I bought one of these cute little machines. It is my first machine. Love it! Looking forward to many a good cup of coffee without the mess work or wastage. (I am the only coffee drinker in the house)
Loved your site btw...gave me good insight into the types of machines availabe. Got the one I got because of the site!

Posted by: Naomi at October 3, 2004 12:15 AM

Lots of other pod makers make pods for the Melitta. Including: - Check out our Coffee pods section for all the details:

Posted by: Jay Brewer at October 2, 2004 8:47 AM

Is there any other coffee pod brands available other than the 1:1 brand that fit this machine? I did see the adaptor and their selection as well. What is the chance that there might be different brands and/or more selections avaliable in the future do you think?

Posted by: Naomi at October 1, 2004 10:45 PM

Senseo it is then! I'll report back after I try it out, etc. I'll be picking it up on Thursday.

Posted by: Bob C. at September 28, 2004 1:15 PM

For the frothy cup of silky joe - I would go Senseo.

For the diversity of tea and coffee - melitta.

For the unbiased WOW factor - I love the Senseo coffee the best.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at September 28, 2004 7:28 AM

I'm going to buy either the Melitta or Senseo this week. Of the 2 machines, which would YOU buy?

Posted by: Bob C. at September 27, 2004 11:11 PM

Both dark. However the Melitta will only take 1 pod at a time - so it's about on par with a 1 pod dark roast senseo.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at September 24, 2004 4:16 PM


Thanks for finally doing a full review of the Melitta One:One. I ended up getting a Senseo a while back because of the great reviews it had. I had not heard enough about the One:One to make a decision for it.

You said the taste from the One:One is good. It's not as creamy as the Senseo, but how is the strength of buzzworthy compared to the dark roast for Senseo? I know taste is subjective, but would you be willing to state a prefference for one or the other?

Thanks. - Dan

Posted by: Dan at September 24, 2004 3:35 PM

You can get the pods from and the coffee was good. Not as creamy as the Senseo - but this is brewed coffee not pressure brewed. However - very good with a little half-n-half.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at September 23, 2004 1:03 PM

So how did the coffee compare to the senseo? What size are the pods? Can I get pods from Easy Pods?

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