Lelit PL044MM Fred Stepless Doserless Espresso Coffee Grinder

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Lelit PL044MM Fred Doserless Espresso Coffee Grinders with Stepless Grinding Adjustment

The beautiful Lelit PL044MM Fred is replacing the previous PL53 Fred which have sold successfully over the last 10 years. Same size burrs. Same grinding adjustment and operation. Only this time, there is an actual portafilter fork and nicer design pleasing to the eye!

The Lelit PL044MM pairs nicely with the Lelit PL62 Mara, Lelit PL62T Mara, Lelit Mara X, and Lelit Elizabeth espresso machines!

Lelit PL044MM Fred Stepless Doserless Espresso Coffee Grinder

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 PL044MM Fred Stepless Doserless Espresso Coffee Grinder

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 PL044MM Fred Stepless Doserless Espresso Coffee Grinder

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 PL044MM Fred Stepless Doserless Espresso Coffee Grinder

Bean Hopper

  • Low profile – The total height of the grinder without the hopper is a little under 11.5″. The bean hopper adds another 3″ bringing the total height to approximately 14.5″.
  • The bean hopper now has numbers written on the lower part which you can use a “guide” to see your current setting. Please note there is no indication on the grinder itself to line up with the numbers.


Height (inches)

13.5, approximate

Width (inches)

5, approximate

Depth (inches)

9, approximate

Weight (pounds)


Wattage (watts)


Voltage (volts)

110 – 120

Burr size (mm), Type


Hopper capacity (grams)


Country of manufacture


  • There is another version of this grinder (PL044MMT) which has a built-in timer. Our version currently does not have this timer.
  • Every PL044MM espresso coffee grinder is tested with coffee.
  • A star key (not included) to remove the chute on the front.
  • The cord plugs into the rear of the unit.
  • Alternate code: PL44
  • Replaced PL053, PL53, PL53-110

  1. Changing grind settings: As with all coffee grinders, 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 require cleaning by you every time this occurs. Changing the grind settings when the burrs are not in motion will render the grinder to only produce very coarse grinds or no grinds at all. If this result occurs, this will be considered operator error for lack of following directions, and not be classified as a defective grinder.
  2. Finding coffee grinds in a new grinder: We have confirmed that the manufacturer tests EVERY grinder with coffee beans before it leaves their facility, but 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 when you unwrap it.
  3. 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, trying using a different blend of beans.
  4. Replacing burrs: NEVER use a flat head screwdriver and hammer to wedge under the burrs for removal. This could badly damage your grinder.
  5. Electrical cord: Please note that the electrical 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.

Espresso Grinder Warning

  • CLEANING WARNING: We recommend using grinder cleaning agents. We do not recommend any removal of the burrs or burr carrier for cleaning as re-assembly can cause damage.
  • ELECTRICAL WARNING: To avoid electrical damage to this espresso grinder which is not considered a manufacturer's defect, please acquire and install a single-outlet surge suppressor rated at 1080 joules or higher. The lack of the recommended surge suppressor, the espresso grinder can be damaged at the power switch, the capacitor, the motor, or the wiring.

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    1. 0 votes
      Q Does this grind light roasts well? Read that the grinder chokes on light roasts. Has anyone exper...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Kathleen on August 28, 2020 10:37 am
      Answered by the admin

      Sorry, all of the grinders on our web sites do not perform well with lighter roasts.

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      Q Is the conical Burr mounted in metal or is the mounting of the Burr plastic (like some of the Bar...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Patrick on August 15, 2020 9:21 pm
      Answered by the admin Mounted on plastic housing.
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      Q Is the fine adjustment knob on the right the only way to adjust this grinder? Specifically ...if ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Patrick on August 14, 2020 5:16 pm
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      This grinder is geared mainly espresso grinding. Although it is capable of grinding for drip coffee, dialing back to your original espresso setting would be very tedious. The hopper is only "friction fit" to the grinding adjustment gear and won't be able to change the grind setting.

      A You can't rotate the hopper, you have to use the adjustment knob. This grinder is primarily for expresso. I've never used it for drip, but I suppose it could be used for that at a coarser setting. I set it at 3 for medium and some dark roasts. You might be able to get away with a 4 or 5 setting grind for drip coffee and that would not be that difficult to change, but I'm guessing. It is a good grinder for my use (expresso/latte).
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      Q The Fred compared to the Baratza Sette 30 or 270, which has less grind retention? And how easy th...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Anthony on August 1, 2020 8:58 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Sorry, we are unable to advise on grind retention as it depends upon fineness of grind, oils on beans, etc. Maintenance is the same with respect to cleaning - just a grinder cleaner. As for burr replacement, all of them can be difficult.

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      Q How do you verify the numbers on the bean hopper are exactly lined up with the stepless adjustmen...... Read more answer now
      Asked by ackindig on July 21, 2020 2:45 am
      Answered by the admin All the numbers are relative and can not verified. Hence, two grinders at the same exact setting can produce different results with the same coffee bean blend.
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      Q Does this have a plastic burr housing like the pl 43mmi?... Read more answer now
      Asked by jeffrey on April 10, 2020 8:13 pm
      Answered by the admin Yes, it does. Since we started carrying this model last year, there have been zero issues and zero repairs on this grinder.
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      Q What burrs does this grinder take?... Read more answer now
      Asked by Mario on February 20, 2020 10:14 pm
      Answered by the admin

      MC311 is the correct code.

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      Q How does this grinder compares to the Rocky grinder and is there any grind retention?... Read more answer now
      Asked by Gary on September 25, 2019 11:27 pm
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      This Fred grinder is less in weight due to the smaller motor, but it makes up in a lot of other areas.

      The Fred has stepless adjustment which allows the user to dial in the grind more precisely over the stepped settings of the Rancilio Rocky espresso grinder. The grind fineness of the Lelit Fred PL044 espresso grinder can give $600+ espresso grinders a run for thier money in terms of grind quality.

      Both grinders do have some retention, and the amount can depend upon the grind fineness.

      The Fred's conical burrs at 38mm would allow more surface area for grinding beans. More surface area usually means more dissipation of heat buildup during the grinding of beans. However, the Rocky burrs do a very good job in grinding.

      The Fred doserless stepless espresso coffee grinders have stainless steel frames and bodies compared to the aluminum frame on the Rancilio Rocky espresso coffee grinders.

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      Q Does the 13" height spec include the hopper?... Read more answer now
      Asked by Brett on July 21, 2019 10:06 pm
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      We measured the height to be a little under 13.5".  Close to 13 3/8". This includes the hopper and lid.

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