As a coffee trainer for over 10 years, I still frequently come across people struggling with precision and consistency.

The problem? They’re not measuring their coffee but rather freestyling it.

Coffee brewing is a science, and to get optimal results each facet has to be precise. This is why ensuring you use the right coffee scale for your needs becomes increasingly important.

If the idea of being accurate while brewing coffee seems extreme to you, let’s compare it to baking a cake.

Have you ever prepared a cake but decided that accuracy when measuring the ingredients wasn’t all that important?

If so, you probably got disappointing results such as a flat cake or unpleasant tastes. Why?

Because baking is a science, and getting the recipe right – and getting to eat a delicious cake – means you have to be precise with every measurement.

Brewing coffee is a lot like baking. As we said, it’s a science that requires exact measurements and extraction times.

To get those exact measurements, you need to find the best coffee scale for your needs. Yes, there’s a whole variety of scales on the market, and often, you don’t need all the bells and whistles.

People are often aware that buying the best beans and using the right grinder are two essentials to getting a fantastic cup of coffee. Yet, they overlook a simple step that their barista never overlooks: precision.

Best Coffee Scales:

1. Acaia Lunar Espresso Scale

The modern-looking Acaia Lunar is at the luxury end of professional coffee scales. It not only packs every feature you can imagine, but also some you may never have dreamed of.

Sleek and beautiful, it was created to use with espresso machines. The slim, compact design means it will fit easily in your drip tray and be the perfect companion to produce the best shots possible.

This tough little scale will hold up to intense use. It has an aluminum casing that is built to last. It’s water-resistant, so don’t worry about spilling a shot on it.

The easy-to-read display incorporates both the weight and timer. The auto tare function will automatically tare out your cup in a second’s time.

No doubt the most exciting aspect of this scale are the apps that you can use with it. Download the Acaia apps to your smartphone and connect the scale with Bluetooth technology.

Then you’ll be ready to use the apps to graph your brews and share the results. Calculate ratios. Log your brewing data. Sync multiple scales. Keep track of your brews and your progress. And you can store the brew settings for multiple devices.

2. Hario V60 Drip Coffee Scale

The Hario coffee drip scale has been a mainstay in cafés and was the first set of scales dedicated to brewing coffee. It is sleek, compact, and precise. The V60 drip scale is an attractive, mid-priced option that will get the job done and be a no-frills addition to your home coffee setup.

If you’ll be using this scale for pour-overs, keep in mind that it is not waterproof. If you’re completely impeccable when you prepare your brews, that won’t be a problem.

However, if enough liquid escapes from your kettle or method, you could damage it beyond repair.

The Hario measures in 0.1 gram increments and has a 2,000-gram capacity. It might not be the best scale if you’ll be brewing with larger (and heavier) methods. It also only measures in grams, which can be a deal-breaker if you prefer ounces.

It can also be a bit slow to show weight changes, and the display is a bit dull. It is powered by two AAA batteries. Some Hario scales come with a battery that’s rechargeable but not replaceable, so when it wears out, you need to purchase another scale.

3. Timemore Digital Coffee Scale

For those who don’t want to spend the price of a high-end professional coffee scale, the Timemore coffee scale may be the perfect choice for you. The water-resistant Timemore is reasonably priced and has a minimalistic design. The bright display makes it easy to brew in low light. It powers up fast and weighs without the delay lag that less expensive scales sometimes have.

The built-in timer is useful when brewing. However, the auto-off function is set for 3 minutes, which might be a problem if you get distracted by something else in the kitchen.

The rechargeable battery lasts 10 hours on a charge and charges via a USB-C charger. The buttons do emit loud sounds, but if you’re more into a quiet coffee-brewing experience, you can turn off the noise.

But, because of the larger size, the Timemore does not fit on all espresso machine drip trays and certainly isn’t a pocket scale.


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