Do you ever wonder why the coffee beans you buy from your favorite neighborhood café don’t taste the same when you brew them at home? Discerning coffee drinkers can make a difference in the quality and consistency of home-brewed coffee and espresso with a coffee scale. A digital scale accounts for weight variations in different types of beans that you just can’t get from eyeballing a measuring cup. If you’re a fan of pour-over coffee, a scale is key to a carefully-timed pour with a precise ratio of water-to-grounds. Here are our favorites.
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This affordable battery-operated kitchen scale comes in a range of attractive colors from lime green to teal blue. It’s not the best option for pour-over aficionados, since the auto-shut-off feature means you’ll have to turn it back on after two minutes of use. However, if you like to fine-tune a variety of brews in your drip coffee maker, just set your filter on the scale, tare its weight, and then measure your grounds in grams. Chefs and people dedicated to tracking food portions can also switch between pounds, ounces, and milliliters up to a total weight of 11.24 pounds.
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Add this coffee scale to your pour-over brewing routine to make sure your daily elixir of wakefulness does not disappoint. Set your brewer on top of the scale, measure the grounds you want, and start the digital timer. Wet your grounds (you can also weigh the water in your gooseneck kettle), allow 30 seconds for them to bloom, and continue pouring until the timer runs out. Enjoy readouts to 1/10 of a gram displayed clearly on the screen. You can also use the scale to weigh other items up to 6 pounds.
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If you have a Hario V60 dripper, you can pair this scale with their drip station and coffee server for a seamless aesthetic experience. People who have other pour-over coffee makers including Chemex can still use this elegant scale (just be sure to double check the dimensions of your specific model) for measurements to 1/10 of a gram. There is an auto-shut-off feature after five minutes to save your battery, but it doesn’t work while you are using the digital timer, so relax and pour away to your ideal specifications.