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Le'lit PL53 - Jeff H's Review
Posted: February 5, 2011, 12:52pm
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Le'Lit PL53 Grinder
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
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: 8.2
Manufacturer: Unknown Quality: 9
Average Price: $289.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $269.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: 1st-Line Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 week Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Highly recommended for grinder less than $300.  Very good consistent and precise fine grind.  Very sturdy / industrial construction.
Positive Product Points

- For a sub-$300 grinder, grind consistency is very good.  With stepless adjustment, once is roughly dialed in, you can have the option of tweaking it for each bean type and age.  
- Aeropress fits under the chute.
- Little detached catch tray under the grinder makes cleaning easy.

Negative Product Points

- Stainless assembly has many somewhat sharp/rough edges.  Also finger prints show up easily on its shining surface finishing.
- Somewhat louder then other grinder in similar price range.
- The "Portafilter Support Element" of the front housing really does not work well and its often in the way.

Detailed Commentary

After my Baratza Maestro died of early death, I order the LeLit P53 as replacement based on some online research and recommendation from friends.  After couple days of usage, I think this is a great grinder for the price range.  For less than $300, it produces very consistent grind and certainly it's more than capable of producing fine enough grind to choke the machine.  This is the grinder I should have gotten couple years ago instead of Baratza Maestro.

Couple comments in related to other reviews I had read previously on internet:
- Dial-in the grind was not difficult for me.  After couple of test grind, I was able to get it closed enough to choke my machine. Once I got it to choke, two more test pulls and I was there.
- Yes it's bit louder than others but it's not unbearably loud; at least my dogs don't run away from the kitchen when I grind my beans in the morning.  Since grind duration for one shot is short, usually by the time when I notice it's being loud, I am already done grinding.
- Like others may have pointed out, design of this grinder is very functionally but not aesthetically driven; or rather "industrial".  It's enclosure construction is very sturdy and simplistic.  Based on it's non-artistic look, I would have not guess it's Italian designed.  If it wasn't making such of good quality grind, my wife would have kicked it out of our kitchen based on its look.
- I didn't like the little "bend" pieces in the front part of the housing (aka filter support element).  It was meant to be some sort of portafilter support/holder.  it seems always be in the way.
- After the last grind, I usually tapped the machine to shake out what's stuck in the chute on to the "catch tray".  Amount that I shake out is about 1-tea spoon.  I don't view this as a negative point since most grinder I have used before also require somewhat of clean-up/shake-out.

Buying Experience

Folks at 1st-line was very easy to work with.  Product was back-order when I initially placed the order.  1st-line kept informed and when I called to check on the status, folks on the phone were friendly and responsive.

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