For this coffee makers review, I will be reviewing the Melitta coffee maker line. Like many of you, I have a hard time functioning in the morning until I’ve had my morning cup of coffee.
Because I’m not fully functional when I am making coffee, I want it to be simple and convenient.
10-Cup programmable Mill and Brew
My favorite of all the Melitta coffee machines is the 10-Cup programmable Mill and Brew . In the morning, my wife and I probably drink about 4 cups of coffee, and the 10 Cup Mill and Brew can make that much plus 4 more. It’s really simple to use, just match the number of scoops with the right amount of water, and turn it on. It brews pretty fast, and that is something else that I appreciate. The big advantage with this machine is that will grind my coffee beans. I find that this improves the flavor of the coffee
It also has a timer where you can fill it the night before and set and forget. (It doesn’t work if you don’t set it up the night before, which is something I constantly forget to do.) If you are going to be home most of the day and plan on drinking from the same pot you brewed in the morning, about two and a half hours is the limit. After this, the coffee tends to grow stale and has a bitter taste.
The only thing that I could do without is the display of the local weather. But at least the timer is set automatically, even to summer and winter time.
One Melitta coffee maker
The One Melitta coffee maker: One Single Serve Coffeemaker Black makes an excellent cup of coffee, (depending on the brand of coffee), but it’s just not practical for my household. If I were to want a second cup of coffee, I would need to remake and brew it. I just don’t have the time to be making coffee all day, no matter how good it tastes. However, it would be a good coffee maker for a single person who likes to grab that one cup of coffee before heading out to work.
There are three different selections on this machine for 5, 8, and 14 ounces. So if I wanted 10 ounces of coffee, I would need to brew 14 ounces, and pour the extra 4 ounces down the sink. As I said before, I prefer my coffee maker to be of a more simple design.
5-Cup Black Melitta coffee maker
The 5-Cup Black Melitta coffee maker is my kind of coffee maker. It costs about half the price of the two previously mentioned coffee makers, and it gives me everything I need. While it doesn’t brew as fast as the other two, it allows you to get a cup of coffee while it is still brewing with an auto pause and pour feature. I like that, because sometimes I just don’t want to wait for the whole pot to brew before I get my coffee. However, the price you pay (or the reward you get) for doing this is a much stronger cup of coffee than if you had waited for the rest of the pot to brew. I like that it brews 5 cups, because it seems with the larger coffee makers we are always brewing too much, and as you know brewed coffee is something you can’t put in the refrigerator and save for the next day. If any of you have tried this and found it enjoyable, I want to know about it.
12-Cup Black Digital Melitta coffee maker
The 12-Cup Black Digital Melitta coffee maker is a basic coffee maker that doesn’t try to hide the fact that it’s a basic coffee maker. You put the filter in, add coffee and water, wait for it to brew, and viola! You have coffee.
This has been an interesting coffee makers review, the Miletta coffee maker line does have some interesting and bold designs. For my tastes, they got some of the designs just right, and on others, they missed the mark completely.
Melitta espresso machine
The At Home Melitta espresso machine
The melitta espresso machine is a thing for you? So, on the hunt for a new source of home made caffeinated joy, are we? If so, this web site and one of the coffee makers we review may hold your answer.
If you, like a large percentage of the population have gotten hooked on high end coffee shop coffee at five bucks a pop and are looking for a way to slim down your budget without going through the agony of caffeine withdrawal, a Melitta espresso machine may be the way to go.
As one of the only lines of do it yourself at home espresso machines on the market for under fifty dollars, a Melitta provides solid, middle of the road construction at a bargain basement price.
With an at home espresso machine, you can easily prepare for work by filling a thermos with the fancy espresso based cream and sugar filled drink of your choice, whatever that may be.
By the time your coffee break rolls around, it will still be piping hot in the thermos, and you will have just saved yourself about five dollars.
What is not to like about that? The best part is, because the machine is so very inexpensive, it pays for itself in about two weeks if you are a one a day kind of person. For those proud two fisted coffee swillers out there, you are looking at a payoff period of less than a week. Now, no one is saying you normally try to go out and drop fifty dollars on coffee a week, but take this time to examine your spending habits. How much DO you spend a week just to stay awake at the office? Especially in this bad economy, you need to be cutting costs wherever you can, and learning to make your own mixed coffee drinks can be a fun silver lining on the cloud of bad economics.
As far as machine quality goes, a Melitta espresso machine is probably about the middle of the road. This is roughly big box store level, mostly plastic, designed to look pretty but not overly solid. Honestly, it is a toss up as to how long it lasts. Some people have had great luck with their Melitta’s, using them day in and day out for several years without incident. Others have them blow a gasket a month in and deliver insufficiently heated water or milk.
Unfortunately, like most big box level technology, these machines are designed to be easy to replace. In fact, it is often cheaper to throw the broken one away rather than trying to fix it or replace parts yourself. On the other hand, if you are drinking expensive coffee every day and it lasts even two weeks, you are already at least breaking even, and most of them do go on and on without a problem.
Unlike some espresso machines, Melittas do not require any special proprietary brand of coffee or coffee pods. Just fill the coffee filter with espresso grounds or normal coffee grounds for the less extreme, and go. You can use any kind of coffee you want to put in there, and as long as you remember to clean your machine afterwards, it should do fine.
Espresso machines like this one have a pressurized steam chamber and steamer wand, which are what professional baristas use to heat water and milk for those fancy high end coffees.
There is one particularly noteworthy thing about the Melitta espresso machine. It has a four cup brewing carafe. Most espresso machines you will find here on coffee makers review use a single serving system with a very small coffee basket and a cup or mug beneath to capture your shot of espresso.
This thing makes up to four cups at a go, granting you the opportunity to make drinks for a large group of friends all at the same time, or even send you merrily on your way to jittery java heaven for about forty two hours straight, although this last option is not really recommended.
All in all, the Melitta espresso machine is of average quality, bargain price, and a good option for anyone just starting out with their first at home espresso drink making system. This is the one to get if you want to see if doing it yourself is right for you.