Lelit PL043MMI Fred Espresso Coffee Grinder

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Lelit PL043MMI Fred Stepless Doserless Espresso Coffee Grinder

The Lelit PL043MMI Fred is a similar espresso coffee grinder as the Lelit PL044MM Fred! Both have the same size conical burrs. Additionally, both have the same grinding adjustment and operation. However, the Lelit PL043MMI Fred is slightly smaller in terms of dimensions and weight, so it is truly compact for your home espresso bar!

The Lelit Fred pairs well with the Lelit Bianca V3 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

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Lelit PL043MMI Fred

Grinding Adjustment

  • Stepless – Infinite number of grind settings which allows you really fine tune your grind. Adjustment dial is on the right side of the grinder. Turn clockwise for a finer grind and counterclockwise for a coarser grind.
Lelit PL043MMI Fred

Grinding Operation

  • Semi automatic – The power button is on the left side. To start grinding, push your portafilter against the grinding button above the fork. Press and hold for continuous grinding, and release to stop.
Lelit PL043MMI Fred

Grinding Burrs

  • Conical Grinding Burrs – 38 mm in size. Spins at a low rpm which generates less heat. Heat buildup can negatively affect your coffee grinds by heating the coffee grinders before brewing.
Lelit PL043MMI Fred

Bean Hopper

  • Low profile – The total height of the grinder with the hopper is approximately 12″.

Espresso Coffee Grinder Warnings:

  • Changing grind settings: It is very important to only change grind settings when the unit is powered on and the burrs are in motion. If you do not do this, the burrs will ‘gunk’ up and render the grinder to only produce very coarse grinds or no grinds at all. To remedy this, you will have to open up the grinder to get access to the grinding burrs. This issue will be considered operator error for lack of following directions, and not be classified as a defective grinder.
  • Electrical cord: The cord is placed between the packaging (foam or cardboard) and the underside body of the grinder. During shipping, it is normal for a bend or insignificant blemish/slice to damage the cord.
  • Finding coffee grinds in a new grinder: We have confirmed that the manufacturer tests EVERY grinder with coffee beans before it leaves their facility. Unfortunately, they are not always able to get every trace of coffee out of the grinders after testing. As a result, you may find coffee beans or grinds inside your grinder, or there may be grinds in the packaging.
  • Static issues: There are static issues with all grinders, even the highest-quality models. We firmly believe that the static comes from the coffee beans. If you are having static problems with your coffee grinder, try using a different blend of beans.
  • Electrical: To avoid electrical damage (which is not considered a manufacturer’s defect), please acquire and install a single-outlet surge suppressor rated at 1080 joules or higher. A surge without protection can damage a grinder at the power switch, the capacitor, the motor, or the wiring.
  • Burr cleaning: For routine maintenance of the grinding burrs, we recommend using grinder cleaning agents. We do not recommend any removal of the burrs or the burr carrier for cleaning (unless absolutely necessary) as re-assembly can cause damage.
  • Replacing burrs: NEVER use a flathead screwdriver and hammer to wedge under the burrs for removal. This could badly damage your grinder.




Height (inches)

12, approximate

Width (inches)

7, approximate

Depth (inches)

5, approximate

Weight (pounds)

6, approximate

Wattage (watts)


Voltage (volts)


Burr size (mm), Type

38, conical

Hopper capacity (grams)


Country of manufacture



No (doserless)

Grinding Adjustment


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Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars
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      Hello, I am getting geared up to purchase an elite victoria, and I have the baratza encore grinder currently. In your opinion, is the Lelit Fred PL043MMI that you sell considerably better than the Encore? I make mostly oat milk capps with 'darker roasts' like Proof roasters 'The Schist blend' and on occasion 'medium' roasts like Birch Coffee 'Emmas Espresso' Thank you in advance
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      Q Hello, I am getting geared up to purchase an elite victoria, and I have the baratza encore grinde...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Ramsay on May 4, 2023 7:38 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Sorry, we are not familiar with these coffees. If they are darker and OILY roasts, the Lelit Fred may jam often. The Encore, we usually, do not consider it for espresso machines, unless they have a pressurized basket or pressurized portafilter.

    2. What is the average retention?
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      Q What is the average retention? answer now
      Asked by Scott on November 6, 2021 12:35 am
      Answered by the admin

      It depends upon the grind fineness and the coffee blend used. Hence, no perfect answer.

    4. What RPMs is the grinder running the burrs at?
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      Q What RPMs is the grinder running the burrs at? answer now
      Asked by Gunnar on September 9, 2021 2:21 pm
      Answered by the admin Per Lelit, 900 RPM.
    6. The Lelit coffee grinder is freezing when I attempt to grind beans at the proper consistency for espresso. The grinder recently froze when I was making a shot of espresso. As I have previously, I removed the hopper and the upper burr to clean the assembly. It did not appear to be overly oily or "dirty" with beans. I reassembled the upper burr and hopper, readdjusted the grinder to the proper consistency setting. It got about half way through grinding a double espresso shot worth of beans before freezing again. I repeated the cleaning process once more and was unable to identify any apparent cause of the issue. I've done my best to troubleshoot the issue, and the only additional detail I can note is that the grinder's motor seems to have a reduced ability to grind beans at finer consistencies. It still grinds coffee at the consistency required for pour-over, but you can tell as you adjust the fine/course setting that the motor is struggling. I've tried other outlets and even let the grinder sit for a day or two. Nothing seems to work.
    7. 0 votes
      Q The Lelit coffee grinder is freezing when I attempt to grind beans at the proper consistency for ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Alex on August 30, 2021 1:58 pm
      Answered by the admin Please take to a coarser setting as the burrs are probably too close. Unfortunately, some customers grind way too fine to compensate for the lack of proper dosage of ground espresso. It can also be the lack of the proper voltage.
    8. how it compares to the Lelit PL044MMI, it seems that they are very similar
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      Q how it compares to the Lelit PL044MMI, it seems that they are very similar answer now
      Asked by Duy Son on September 15, 2020 10:43 am
      Answered by the admin

      Both grinders are similar, except for the casing.

    10. Hi, let me 2 questions related to this grinder: - can the burrs removed and cleaned with water or is there any other procedure? - what do you think how ofter should the burrs replace due to lost razor sharpness when it is used in a days basis and hoe can it be identified then replace is necessary? Thanks
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      Q Hi, let me 2 questions related to this grinder: - can the burrs removed and cleaned with water or...... Read more answer now
      Asked by William Turner on June 5, 2020 8:34 am
      Answered by the admin

      Burrs should never be cleaned with water unless you desire rust on your burrs. It is best to use our grinder cleaning products to clean the burrs so they do not have to be removed. The bean hopper can be cleaned with a bean hopper cleaner.

      The grinding burrs on an espresso grinder should be replaced once they can not grind fine enough. The length of time or pounds is difficult to determine since beans can also have other contaminants, like wood sticks, cemebent, stones, etc that damage the burrs.


    12. Do you know when these will be back in stock?
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      Q Do you know when these will be back in stock? answer now
      Asked by jeffrey on April 10, 2020 8:10 pm
      Answered by the admin This is a new item for the USA and it is projected to be here later this year.