Melitta One:One Re-Review from Guest Writer Russell Miner
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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.
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 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.
- 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
- Looks nice on the counter
- 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?
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
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 11, 2004 4:00 PM