Melitta Molino Coffee Grinder Review
With its low power consumption, easy to clean, removable components, and a basic yet intuitive control panel, it’s easy to see why the Melitta Molino is the ideal entry level grinder for the modern coffee junkie on a budget.
Practical, easy to use, and very affordable, the Mellitta Molino 1019-01 is an entry level coffee grinder for the budget conscious caffeine addict. But don’t be fooled by the low price range; there’s definitely no shortage of features to attract more than your average connoisseur.
Melitta Molino Coffee Grinder review
What I like
- Good value for money
- Highly rated
- Compact design
- Basic, intuitive controls
What I don’t like
- Plastic grain catcher
- Grind not uniform enough
What are you buying?
Having invented the first ever coffee filter back in the early 1900’s, Melitta Bentz is a well known authority and creator of German machines that live up to the stereotype.
A full century in the game – I think it’s safe to say they know both their beans and equipment extensively. This is clearly evident in the Melitta Molino Coffee Grinder which is not just affordable, but quite practical as well.
Starting our review with what matters most, the Molino allows you to grind upto 14 cups worth of beans. This is all courtesy of the 200g capacity bean container that comes with an airtight seal incase you want to pack her up full of beans for some slow grinding.
I keep reminding you guys – it’s freshly ground coffee, not freshly packed beans. So don’t be afraid to pack in extra grains even if you just need a few cups (just don’t grind them all in one go).
So, what options did Melitta put in to maximise the unique taste of your preferred brew? Obviously, no true grinder is complete without a fineness selector.
Just like your average high end coffee grinder, the Molino also comes with a selector that cycles through 17 different grind settings. This lets you choose from the full range of coarse to fine depending on what brewing method you’re going for.
Got a bit ahead of myself there; yes, this unit uses a conical burr made of ceramic which is actually better than most coffee grinders in the same range. The compact design and black/silver finish fits in seamlessly with many kitchen layouts.
How easy it to use?
This is one of those grinders where it took me just one glance to know pretty much everything there is to know about it. Maybe it’s to be expected given the price range, but the basic design and layout make the Molino very easy to use.
I mean, have you seen the gigantic dial knob at the front with a silver background, numbers 2 to 14 and a diagram of a cup. Even without having ever used a coffee grinder in your entire life, you’ll intuitively know that that’s the cup number selector.
At the side is another black dial for selecting the fineness of your grind. There’s nothing digital about the Molino, just good old, shoot-from-the-hip features to make things easier (and cheaper).
While some maintenance is required, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Mellita made cleaning easier with removable or detachable components. These include the grind disc, lid, bean and grounds containers which pop right off for easy cleaning.
What accessories are included?
There’s nothing much to be said here; what you buy is pretty much what you’re going to get. You can expect your box to contain one Melitta Molino coffee bean grinder with removable containers.
Key features of Melitta Molino Coffee Grinder
- Budget friendly price range
- High buyer satisfaction ratings
- Stylish and compact design
- Basic, intuitive controls
- The plastic grain catcher still remains a bone of contention for some buyers
- Don’t expect the grind to be completely uniform
Anything else you should know?
On a side note, most customers seem to be quite impressed with the “low noise” output of the Melitta Molino. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just my overly keen ears (music production background) but I can honestly say I’ve heard quieter buzz saws.
The grinder can get quite loud, especially on wooden counters and table tops where the vibrations resonate. You could try placing the grinder on a more solid surface such as stone or ceramic. But then again, you can’t really hear or see much in the morning before your dose of cupped lightning.
With its low power consumption, easy to clean, removable components, and a basic yet intuitive control panel, it’s easy to see why the Melitta Molino is becoming a common household name.
Sure, you’ll have to deal with a semi-uniform grind, a few decibels of noise and the odd inferior component here and there. But boy does the low price range make up for all that and more. All in all, the Molino is the ideal entry level grinder for the modern coffee junkie on a budget.
Where to buy?
- Amazon UK: >> Click here to see today’s price