October 11, 2004

Melitta One:One Re-Review from Guest Writer Russell Miner

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviews

At Single Serve Coffee.com - we love to have a diversity of opinions. That being said, you can expect that if I can pass along any of the coffee makers and gadgets to other Single Serve readers or friends for their opinion - I will do it.

I asked my good friend Russell Miner to take the Melitta One:One off my hands after I had done a multi-week review and get his impression of the single serve maker. He had the following to say.

From Russell Miner


Even the name evokes some kind of futuristic experience. And I have to say, with the Melitta One:One, the future is here!

Russell Miner Loves Coffee

To begin my review, you should probably know about me as a coffee drinker. I'm definitely a "cup every day or I die" person. I typically get a Dunkin Donuts medium skim milk only. And when I brew (mostly on weekends) I brew a half pot of whole bean with my favorites ranging from Blue Mountain, to Kona, and my most likely being Dunkin Donuts regular roast. I also have big mugs. I would estimate the mugs hold around 16 oz. And on some weekends, to my wife's great chagrin, I have two. At 32 oz. of coffee, I'm quite a force to be reckoned with.

It was with some admitted reluctance that Jay introduced me to the Melitta. Sure, she was attractive. But pods? I mean. Will brewing one cup at a time be annoying? Will be easier than my old standby? Will the pods cost an arm and a leg?  It seems that all of my fears were misplaced. This little beauty is definitely changing my views on a great cup of coffee.

The machine:

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It’s a very attractive little device. To me it looks a little like a spaceship. You put you little space men inside. and brew them! Yum! It also isn’t too large. I'd say it’s a little bigger than a loaf of bread stood up on its end.

Cleaning is an absolute snap. Just dump the used pod, and occasionally rinse out the drip tray.

Refilling is a little trickier. Like Jay, I had some real issues trying to take the reservoir off the machine, and instead I now just bring my Brita over and fill it up by pouring. That probably makes better coffee anyway.  

The coffee:

The coffee that comes out is very good. I think it’s better than my home brew, as it makes a perfect ratio of coffee and water. The taste is smooth, and has that "just right" flavor that I usually only get at fancy restraints. Superheating the water also seems to add something to the brewing process that makes for a better cup. I have tried the medium roast, french vanilla, and hazlenut pods so far, and all have been exemplary.  I have not as yet tried the tea, but I suspect they will be as good. 

My largest complaint thus far, may be the amount of coffee you can brew. We have a 5oz, and an 8oz option.  As you can imagine, that looks quite sad inside of my 16 oz mug. I have gone against the manufacturer’s advice, and tried the coveted "8" then "5" with one pod, with some success, but trying a double "8" with one pod yields watery crap. Trust them when they say you need to change pods. To compensate for this smaller cup, I have just typically made 2 separate 8oz cups with 2 pods. I may be spending more on pods, but it’s just a superior cup of coffee.

The best part is how little you have to do to make a cup. Total time is about 8 minutes, and that’s with cleanup. It’s so easy, even my wife, who normally isn’t into coffee, has been enjoying it too. I think not having to wait 10 minutes for a pot to brew, and then not having to clean out a basket of grounds makes the overall experience much better.

Overall Pros:

  • Fast to warm up (like 2-3 minutes and its ready to brew)
  • Brews an excellent cup
  • Easy to clean (about 1 - 2 minutes of cleanup, 30 seconds if your just changing pods)
  • Looks nice on the counter

Overall Cons:

  • Water filtering - My big pot has a water filtering device. It might be nice to have a changeable filter that the reservoir passes through.
  • Pod count in a box could be higher -- they go pretty fast.. Especially when I have several pods a day.
  • Amount of coffee is small - 8 oz? Imp an American. Give me 16.
  • Cream coffee - I have tried the Senseo at Jay's and there is something nice about a crema coffee. I wish that option was available on the Melitta.
  • Heat retention - The cup doesn’t come out REAL hot (which can be good because I can drink it immediately) but as a con, it won’t stay too hot for long. (10-15 minutes and its cool again)

And where does this leave me?

Wrap Up

I haven’t been to Dunkin' Donuts all week, and I haven't brewed a pot either. After just ordering more pods from Amazon, they seem to be a reasonable value at about $5 for 18.  In addition, I am trying to drink a little less coffee each day anyway, and I might as well have a cup that really does the job with taste and caffeine. Consider me a convert to the single serve coffee phenomenon.

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