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Le'lit PL53 - John B's Review
Posted: October 29, 2009, 10:12am
review rating: 8.5
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Le'Lit PL53 Grinder
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Arrow The Le'lit PL53 has 18 Reviews
Arrow The Le'lit PL53 has been rated 8.78 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since July 25, 2008.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Joshua Wark 10.00
Tim Cashin 9.00
Dawn Lauryn 9.00
Marko Mlinar 9.00
Gary Edmunds 9.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Le'Lit Quality: 9
Average Price: $289.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $199.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st-Line Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: An outstanding dedicated espresso grinder for under $300.
Positive Product Points

Excellent espresso quality grind
Stepless adjustment
Grinds directly into portafilter (doserless)
Small footprint

Negative Product Points

Long screw makes cleaning difficult (can be modified)
Hopper can be bumped easily, prone to cracking/spilling
Grounds pitch left into portafilter (not that big of a deal)
Oily beans sometimes hang up in hopper (although rare)

Detailed Commentary

I bought this machine as a dedicated espresso grinder after failing to pull drinkable shots with my Baratza Virtuoso (now my drip/press grinder) and reading several favorable reviews here on CoffeeGeek. I scored my LeLit at the introductory price of $199, which has gone up some in the past couple years. The improvement in grind and shot quality was noticeable immediately, and it didn't take long to figure out the quirks of this grinder. As mentioned, the chute has an unnecessarily long screw, which makes it difficult to remove for cleaning. I cut and ground the screw so that it now can be removed easily to clear grounds between coffees. A bit of grounds are retained between shots (~2g), but they are easily swept out with a small brush. A regular porafilter fits easily below the chute, but the grounds are pitched slightly to the left. I compensate by angling the portafilter, and the distribution of the grounds has never been an issue. The hopper does not sit very firmly, and can be knocked off the machine accidentally. The bottom portion of my hopper has become cracked over time, but I often rock the hopper back and forth to remove it rather than pulling straight upward like I should.

Despite its relatively minor quirks, this machine produces an excellent uniform grind, which is the point of an espresso grinder. I pull 2-3 shots a day for a two-person household, and this grinder has served that purpose well for nearly two years now. It's a small machine that should fit in anyone's coffee bar, and comes at a price that won't break the bank. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a comparable espresso grinder at this price.

Buying Experience

Seller has been fantastic. All questions were promptly and politely answered. Shipping was fast, and product was well packaged. Introductory price was awesome.

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