In my previous post “Pour Over Coffee Equipment – The 7 Most Important Devices“, I have listed the seven devices you need to prepare to make pour-over coffee at home, and the Coffee Scale is one of the most important devices.

Before this Coffee Scale Reviews, I want to ask you a question, how do you measure the coffee beans before brewing?

If you are really into brewing coffee at home, you usually go for a premium brand of pre-ground coffee, or you grind the beans yourself, by the way, I always grind the beans before brewing because it will keep the coffee aroma.

Before brewing, you measure the coffee grounds or beans. To do this, you probably use scoops or a spoon to measure, relying on your eyes to get the right amount.

This usually works and results in a good coffee brew, but it does not give the best results. This is because a spoon or scoop is not accurate; it could be rounded, flat or heaped.

This leads to wrong measurements as a scoop can be off by a few grams of the required measure.

The Reasons for Why You Need a Coffee Scale

This is where coffee scales comes in; it gives accurate measurements for brewing. You might have noticed that at times your brewing is perfect and at times it is not as good. This is due to inconsistency in measurements when you use a scoop.

The coffee scale provides you with consistency in the amount of coffee ground and water you use. By measuring the weight of the ground, you get to know exactly what amount you should be using for brewing that perfect coffee.

Brewing coffee should be taken as a science experiment, where you need to measure the precise amount of every element you use to achieve the best results.

A Good Scale Needs What Kinds of Features

When it comes to Coffee Scale Reviews, a good scale needs these features:

  • Digital Display (makes it easy to read the units compared to reading an arrow scale)
  • Reset Button
  • Small with a Flat Top Surface
  • The Accuracy of Two Decimal Places

There are great coffee scales in the market for those who would wish to get one.

Excellent examples include the

Coffee Scale Reviews

Acaia Coffee Scale

acaia-coffee-scale

  • Where to Buy: Amazon
  • Dimensions: 6.3(L) x 6.3(W) x 1.25(H) in
  • Water Resistant: Yes
  • Weighing Capacity: 2000 gram (4 pounds)
  • Accuracy: 0.1 gram
  • Batteries: USB rechargeable battery
  • Guarantee: 1-year warranty

This scale measures the weight, monitors the time and flow rates when you are brewing your coffee. It features an auto-timer which is tailored for brewing or filtering coffee manually. It has a Firmware 2.0 which gives you the “beverage mode” that remembers the weight of the equipment used. It also gives the coffee weight when you remove the filter.

It is characterized by its accuracy which results in a perfect brew of coffee. It has Bluetooth connectivity which enables you to use it with your smartphone. It has four different apps which you can install on your phone to record your brewing. The scale has a rechargeable USB power supply of lithium battery which lasts for about 20 to 30 hours.

The last function is the Acaia Scale can connect with Fellow Stagg EKG+ Electric Pour Over Kettle by Brewbar App, the app allows you to record the coffee brewing process. This function can let you find out what factors influence the outcome, and you can improve your next brewing to make better coffee.

Pros
  • It is water resistant on the top surface and built with good quality material which makes it durable.
  • It has a USB rechargeable battery.
  • Built-in stopwatch for tracking the brewing process.
  • It has Bluetooth connectivity which enables you to use with your phone.
  • It is fast having a response time of 20ms.
  • It can connect with Brewbar App, and record the brewing process.
Cons
  • It is relatively costly.
  • Not easy to use and may take some time to get used to it

The Acaia Pearl Scale is relatively expensive compared to other coffee scales. Its, therefore, recommended for commercial use or coffee enthusiast.

Hario V60 Drip Scale

hario-v60-drip-scale

  • Where to Buy: Amazon
  • Dimensions: 7.4(L) x 4.1(W) x 1.1(H) in
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Weighing Capacity: 2000 gram (4 pounds)
  • Accuracy: 0.1 gram
  • Batteries: 2 AAA batteries
  • Guarantee: 30-day warranty

This is a coffee scale that allows you to make pour over easily. It gives measurements of 0.1 g accuracy with a margin of 0.2 margin error. It also features a timer which assists in perfecting the pour or other time-sensitive methods.

The Hario V60 Drip Scale is powered by AAA batteries and has an auto power off after 5 minutes to save battery life. This function is only active if the device is idle when the timer is on it deactivates the feature.

It has a slow response time, so you will have to add the beans slowly to avoid adding excess.

The scale is not water resistant as the Acaia Coffee Scale, and so it requires you to be careful when using it.

Pros
  • It has an inbuilt timer which helps you track the brewing process.
  • The auto power off function helps on saving the battery power.
  • It is very precise when it comes to measurements.
  • It has a neat design.
Cons
  • The scale is not water resistant, and therefore one has to be careful not to spill water on it.
  • It has a slow response time.
  • It not rechargeable as it uses AAA batteries.

The Hario Coffee Scale comes at a friendly price. This is a good coffee scale for those who like a pour-over coffee or related brewing method. The preciseness in measurements makes it an ideal scale to be used for scaling your grounds.

Brewista Smart Scale 2

Brewista-Smart-Scale-2

  • Where to Buy: Amazon
  • Dimensions: 5(L) x 4.2(W) x 0.7(H) in
  • Water Resistant: Yes
  • Weighing Capacity: 2000 gram (4 pounds)
  • Accuracy: 0.1 gram
  • Batteries: USB rechargeable battery
  • Guarantee: 1-year warranty

Barista is an Italian word for a male or female bartender. The Brewista Smart Scale 2 is designed with this in mind. It includes six different easy to use modes making it a good for espresso and pour over brewing.

It features a rechargeable battery and a silicone protected pad for water and scratch resistant. It also has a protective cover that can also be used as a weighing tray.

The body is completely sealed and has nano coating on the inside and out which makes it water resistant. This enables it to make pour-over coffee and can be kept on an espresso drip tray for a rather long time.

It has a fast response time with an accuracy of 0.1 g and can measure up to 2000 grams.

The six different modes are designed to help you work with the method that suits you best. The first mode is manual and requires you to start the timer manually. Mode two up to five is Automatic and are programmed for espresso preparation.

Pros
  • It has a USB rechargeable battery.
  • Water and scratch resistant.
  • Has six user modes for preparing espresso.
  • Fast response time.
Cons
  • It is relatively costly.
  • Poor display which can be too bright in a dim room.

The price of Brewista Smart Scale II is a little bit high. With its six user mode, it is recommended for coffee shop owners. It can also be used at home for that coffee enthusiast.

Conclusion

When it comes to brewing coffee, consistency in measurement is key. This helps you maintain that perfect coffee shot and makes your brewing more professional. The coffee scales listed are among the best digital scales. They all give you what you desire, precise measurement and accuracy. Your taste or immediate needs will determine the choice on which scale to go for.

If you have any questions or anything about the “Coffee Scale Reviews” you want to share with me, please leave a comment below.

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14 Comments

  1. ajibola40

    Thanks for writing a review on the coffee scale. Sincerely I don’t use the scale to measure my brewing it because I don’t find the importance of it until I read this review on coffee scale.so this review is informative and educative as well. Looking at the three scales you review in this article, Acaia Coffee Scale really gets my attention with all the features it has as a standard coffee scale.

    1. Hello, the coffee scale is really important for brewing coffee if you are chasing the higher quality of the coffee. Acaia Coffee Scale is my favorite too, I hope this scale will help you get a better cup of coffee. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Ola

    This is an informative, insightful and educative article. You have thoroughly put everything in perspective for anyone reading this post to understand this solid points. I am just getting to know about these set of coffee scale and It’s obvious the pros outweigh its cons which makes it much more recommendable. Thanks for the eye-opener.

  3. Koda

    I like to consider myself somewhat of a coffee connoisseur (even though it’s probably all in my head lol) but I’ve been looking for a quality scale. Just like you, I always grind the beans before brewing because of the coffee aroma and taste being kept fresh.

    I’ve been eying the Acaia Scale for a couple of weeks now and I think this article was the bump I needed to push me over the edge. That exclusive “beverage mode” has me sold. Will be ordering it when I get home today! Thanks for your informative post, look forward to reading more quality content by you in the future!

    Koda

    1. Hello Koda, I believe you are a coffee connoisseur haha. Yeah, grind the beans before brewing is really important! The Acaia Pearl Scale won’t let you down, I can say that you will love it! Thank you so much for your stopping by, there are more post upcoming, stay tuned!

  4. Peace

    Going with guesswork, while measuring coffee, can be a risk you don’t want to take, especially if there is a need for high accuracy, like in restaurants.

    You don’t want to make a poorly brewed coffee especially when there’s an impatient customer waiting.

    Making poorly brewed coffee as one working in a restaurant can lead to the losses incurred, to be deducted from one’s salary.

    So, a coffee scale is needful.

    I love the Brewista Smart Scale 2 the most because all its pros are cool:

    It has a rechargeable battery.
    Water and scratch resistance.
    Has six user modes for preparing espresso.

    1. Hello Peace, yeah, you made a good point. If someone is operating a coffee shop or restaurant then the coffee scale is an essential thing, it will raise the work efficiency. The Brewista Smart Scale II is really a good scale especially for those who need to operate an espresso machine. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Daniel

    I must say that this article is very helpful and interesting. Honestly, I did not use this thing before but now I see that I should use this as soon as possible. Brewista Smart Scale 2 is my favorite one and what I like about it is that it has a rechargeable battery. Definitely my choice.

  6. Riaz Shah

    Wow this is amazing Brian,

    I’m a heavy coffee drinker, like really heavy that I only drink black and without sugar to get the real taste straight from the beans and honestly, I’ve never thought of weighing them! The Hario V60 Drip Scale relates to me better as I stay alone, I’m eyeing that one. How long is it’s warranty though?

    1. Hello Riaz, when you use the coffee scale then you can control your Brew Ratio, I believe it will let you get a better cup of coffee. The manufacturer provides a limited 30-day warranty on this Hario V60 Drip Scale. Thank you for your comment.

  7. Rgpratap

    Hey Brian!
    Awesome reviews. It has been described very clearly about three coffee scale at a stretch. Nice videos with enough information are really interesting. Being a rechargeable battery, I liked the Brewista Smart Scale 2 very much. Hope I’ll buy it from Amazon. Thanks a lot for the wonderful reviews. Bookmarking your page 🙂

    Regards
    Rgpratap.

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