CN1 Senior Member Joined: 5 Aug 2012 Posts: 18 Location: Chicago, IL Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat Aug 18, 2012, 1:25pm Subject: Digital scale recommendation
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good digital scale for measuring beans for espresso? Looking to spend around $20 or so. There seem to be quite a few around $50, but I've heard they're not much better than the $20 variety.
DCcoffeeman Senior Member Joined: 19 Oct 2004 Posts: 47 Location: Maryland Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: MyPressi Twist, Bialetti... Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso, Zassenhaus Vac Pot: French press Drip: Melitta manual Roaster: Hot air popper
Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 2:58pm Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
I use an Oxo Good Grips food scale I bought at Bed Bath & Beyond (probably available lots of stores). The Good Grips registers up to 5 pounds, easily switches between ounces/lbs. and metric and has a zero out function. Use this scale for weighing coffee beans and other kitchen items. Very pleased with it. The price was $30.
Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 3:09pm Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
The Oxo scale has only a 1 gram accuracy, which means that, if you're weighing coffee for dosing, your 15 gram dose could be anywhere from 14.5 to 15.49 grams, so getting consistency from shot to shot will be difficult. I keep different scales for roasting, where a 1 gram accuracy is fine, and dosing, where a .1 gram accuracy can greatly improve your ability to pull consistent shots.
I've been pretty happy with most of the Good Grips products I've owned, and would consider buying one of their scales when I need to replace my roasting scale, though.
javadrknmtbr Senior Member Joined: 11 Aug 2010 Posts: 8 Location: Highlands Ranch, CO Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: QM Anita Grinder: Mazzer SJ Vac Pot: Yama Drip: Baratza Vario - Ditting... Roaster: Hottop B
Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 8:32pm Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
I have been using the Salter Compact scale that Sweet Maria's sells. At $35, it's above your budget, but worth a look. The little tray makes it easy to transfer the beans from scale to grinder. I've had it for years and it still works great.
Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012, 4:17am Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
I have a couple of American Weigh SC-2000 (2000g X 0.1g) http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-SC-2KG-Digital-Pocket/dp/B001RF3XJ2/ref=sr_1_3?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1345461204&sr=1-3&keywords=american+weigh
I also have an American Weigh SM-501 (500 X 0.01g).
These scales are sensitive to temperature of the object being weighed - if you put a hot cup of coffee on the measuring plate, you'll see drift in the measurement as the plate changes temperature. I actually have a small block of styrofoam board that I put my weigh-ables on.
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