February 12, 2008

Review: Melitta MES5B Javapod Single Serve Coffee Brewer System

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviews

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There's a new Melitta One:One single serve coffee pod brewer in town - the Melitta MES5B Javapod Single Serve Coffee Brewer System. It's nice to see Melitta join the rest of the single serve coffee pod world, and offer a brewer with a reduced price and the ability to use any 62mm coffee pod. The machine has been totally redesigned from the earlier Melitta One:One - one of the first coffee pod brewers available in the US, and we think many of the choices in the new design are quite good.

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The box design and machine are more straight forward than the earlier One:One

One of the big changes is the ability to use a single pod or use the double pod holder. Also the electronics are a bit different - with brew sizes in the 5, 8, and 14 oz range. We wish they would have gone with 12 oz - on the 14 oz size it's hard to get a really good cup of single serve coffee, but overall these changes are nice additions. The hidden cord storage is nice, and the overall footprint of the machine is on par with other single serve coffee makers, but a bit narrower.

Features of the Melitta MES5B - Single Serve Coffee Brewer System


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The redesigned Melitta One:One - MES5B Javapod Single Serve Coffee Brewer

Melitta MES5B - Single Serve Coffee Brewer System Features:

  • Brews Directly Into 1 or 2 Travel Mugs
  • Auto Shut-off After Brewing
  • Removable Cone-Shaped Filter Basket (we're not sure on this one)
  • Removable 40-oz. metered water tank
  • 2.2 bar steam pump produces rich, full bodied coffee
  • 14, 8, and 5 ounce selections
  • Removable drip tray for easy cleaning
  • Single and Double coffee pod filter baskets
  • Hidden Cord Storage
  • Spout system provides a seamless transition to your coffee mug
  • Overall Dimensions: 15" H x 9.5" W x 15" D

Making a Cup of Single Serve Coffee with the Melitta MES5B - Single Serve Coffee Brewer System

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Brew sizes range from 5 to 14 oz. We recommend using the 5 or 8 oz settings.

The brew chamber can accommodate the single or double coffee pod holder. Unlike the older One:One, the MES5B One:One has a brew chamber that is much more forgiving on the size of the coffee pods you use, and it's easier to close.

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At 40 oz it's a large water tank, but a bit flimsy.

We have one complaint - the water reservoir. Filling it up and removing it is a bit of a pain. It just feels flimsy, but for a $49.99 single serve coffee pod brewer - we can live with it. We wish that all water reservoirs had a charcoal filter like in the Breville or the Tassimo, but you can't always have everything you want for $49. And on the water reservoirs defense - it is 40 oz. Pretty big and we didn't have to refill that often.

We chose to use a variety of coffee pod in the 9-11 gram range from Fratello and others. We were surprised the MES5B One:One didn't come with any coffee pods from Melitta. We really enjoy the majority of their coffee pods, and think they should include at least half a dozen and some materials pointing back to their web site or other places to get coffee pods for this single serve coffee maker.

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You'll get both single and double coffee pod holders.

The coffee produced after priming the machine and using filtered water was quite good. We think this machine is on par with the Deluxe Senseos or simplehuman Coffee Pod Brewer. On the 5 or 8 oz settings things worked best, and we could easily fit our travel mug under the unit by sliding it up over the brew head in place without having to remove the drip tray.

We also want to share the brew temp of this machine. The machine consistently had a brew temp from the spout of 192-194F at the beginning of the brew cycle. There is a pulse at the beginning with a very hot steam that produces this temp, followed by a long brewing cycle of 184-187F temperature.

Conclusions

For $49.99 direct from Melitta or other single serve coffee merchants, you'll have a hard time beating Melitta MES5B Javapod Single Serve Coffee Brewer System to get into the world of single serve coffee. We like the simple features, and the range of coffee pods you can use with the Melitta MES5B Javapod Single Serve Coffee Brewer System. We are also really excited to see this machine at Target and other places offline, and online. We can't but recommend the Melitta MES5B Javapod Single Serve Coffee Brewer System.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at February 12, 2008 8:44 AM

Recent Comments

I want to know if you can use this machine to brew a cup of plain hot water. It seems obvious that it would be able to do it, but since that isn't listed as a feature I didn't know if using it for that purpose on a regular basis would damage it?
I've used my Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 beverage center for this purpose (an advertised feature) for 13 months and recently it has started leaking and sputtering more and more.
Thanks for your help!


Posted by: Lainy at December 17, 2008 1:43 AM

This looks like a smaller version of my Gevalia pod brewer which I found inferior to the Senseo coffee making.


Posted by: Frank at March 3, 2008 8:18 AM

Our wonderful SimpleHuman coffee pod machine, after 16 months of use, is dying and ready to go to "Made in China" appliance hell. I wrote to SimpleHuman and they stated that this machine has been discontinued and they will have a new model in Summer of 2008. As we now have over 200 coffee pods in our pantry we need to find a suitable replacement real soon.


Posted by: David Babow at February 25, 2008 12:32 PM

The machine consistently had a brew temp from the spout of 192-194F at the beginning of the brew cycle. There is a pulse at the beginning with a very hot steam that produces this temp, followed by a long brewing cycle of 184-187F temperature.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at February 12, 2008 3:12 PM

Coffee is piping hot. Even hotter than the SS-1 - I'll get you a temp.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at February 12, 2008 2:25 PM

Did you happen to measure the temperature of the water dispensed? If not, what were your impressions of how hot the coffee was?


Posted by: Mary at February 12, 2008 1:47 PM
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