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CN1
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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.
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Posted Sat Aug 18, 2012, 2:46pm
Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
 

I got a few that look this this one : Click Here
They are cheap, accurate enough, and easy to use

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Posted Sat Aug 18, 2012, 3:04pm
Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
 

Harbor freight is like eight bucks .1G
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Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 2:39pm
Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
 

The Jennings scales have been working fine for me. The $20 one that Sweetmaria's and Orphan Espresso carry is a nice .1 gram pocket size for espresso dosing.
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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.
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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.
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Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 5:35pm
Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
 

I use this one Click Here (www.amazon.com) , really small, I use the top and zero it's weight out to and hold beans for weighing. Really accurate, right down to .1 grams.
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Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 6:37pm
Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
 

compaddict Said:

Harbor freight is like eight bucks .1G

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In general, harbor freight sells the cheapest crap they can get their hands on.  The owner even tells his employees and friends, "don't buy or use our stuff" (I heard this second hand).

check out www.oldwillknottscales.com  They sell a large variety and provide great service.

 
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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.
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