Last Updated: 16th January 2021

5 Best Coffee Weighing Scales 2021

By Helen Cartwright
By Helen Cartwright
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    Is your coffee making technique a really fine art? Do you need to get everything absolutely perfect, or else it just isn’t worth drinking?

    If so, then a set of weighing scales is going to be paramount. Whether you buy yours pre-ground or do this at home, every cup needs a certain amount of coffee grounds. We have even made a handy coffee calculator to ensure you get it just right.

    Coffee weighing scales can also come in handy if you need to get the correct water to coffee ration during pour over and drip methods, or if you want to nail the amount of pressure you use to tamp your grounds each and every time.

    These are the best digital coffee scales in the industry.

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    How to use coffee weighing scales

    If you are just weighing the beans or grounds separately, then just use a suitable tub, set the scale to zero and add the coffee as required.

    If brewing coffee, add your equipment to the scale (either your pour over maker or portafilter), set to zero and then add the grounds. Once done, reset to zero again, switch to liquid measurements and pour the water.

    The timer can often be used at the same time as the weighing, so you can get the extraction timing just right. The longer the grounds are soaked, the more flavour there should be but they can suffer from oversoaking too.

    Weighing scales can also be used if you tamp your coffee, so you always use the precise amount of pressure on the grounds.

    FAQs

    Why can’t I use ordinary food weighing scales?

    Coffee scales need to be extra sensitive. When you’re baking a Victoria Sponge, it doesn’t matter if you put a slight bit too much flour in, but with coffee, a few extra grains could tip the taste over to the bitter side.

    They also often contain timers, so if you are measuring straight into your pour over coffee machine, you can also get the precise brewing time without having to move the unit. You can often also use different measurements and they will have a tare function to reset the scale back to 0 when using equipment.

    Can’t I just use a scoop?

    There are lots of reasons why using a scoop is unpredictable and can give inconsistent results. Is the best option perfectly level, or slightly heaped? Depending on the grind, variety and roasting level, the denseness of the coffee may change as well, affecting the space it takes up.

    Scales are consistent, whereas a scoop relies on your eye to judge whether things are okay. You may even find that depending on your tastes, you need just under or over a scoopful, which could start to get complicated.

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