Weighing our coffee, whatever the extraction, is important to have a good reproducibility. Some use measuring spoons but when you move into the world of coffee, you end up investing in a small scale.
Personally I recommend a scale that has a forecast of 0.01g. There is something for every budget. Here is my selection:
I / The best scales for espresso
The first prices: the jeweler’s scales
The cheapest price for coffee is in the $ 10 to $ 20 range. They are small, they are precise set for coffee and are actually jeweler scales. They do not have an integrated timer, you have to press a button to reset them, some will have different units. In short, they are scales and they are amply enough to weigh his coffee.
I did some research and I selected (in addition to the one I use) some interesting models that are good value for money.
Espresso scales with a timer
Among the scales with a timer, I selected two:
The Hario VST-2000
Hario is a Japanese brand that manufactures V60 coffee extraction systems as well as coffee grinders. They have developed the versatile scale below which, although it has a precision of 0.1g, is completely suitable for extraction made with espresso and V60.
It is a scale that has a good reputation in the coffee industry. You will find it on Amazon at a price of $ 44.
The company Acaia manufactures the “RollsRoys” coffee scales. These are scales that are absolutely everything.
- We can connect to an Android or Apple phone / tablet for statistics on extractions.
- They are waterproof, charge by USB and heat resistant
- They have a
- “car tare”
- “pre-infusion mode”
They market different scales here. Depending on the model and the price, more or months of options are available.
II / The scales for V60 extractions
For this type of extraction, much longer than an espresso, it is better to opt for a kitchen scale that has a built-in timer. It is also not necessary to have an accurate balance at 0.01g, an accuracy of 0.1g is more than enough.
I also selected two, from two different price ranges. The first is a simple kitchen scale that has a built-in timer, with an accuracy of 0.1g it does the job entirely.
The second, already presented above is still the Hario VST 2000 scale. The latter was originally created for V60 extractions, I could not not present it :).
Here they are both available on the Amazon store.