Baristas and coffee lovers everywhere desire to get the most aroma-infused flavor they can from their coffee. If you’ve previously owned a coffee scale, you know how important it is to get the perfect brew.
You may be in the market for a new one, or you might be wanting to step up your coffee brewing game. Whatever the reason, we’ve provided for you an extensive review of several scales on the market so you can find the one that’s right for you.
This is the well-known Hario V60 drip coffee scale and timer. It is not the best looking unit, but it certainly is the most accurate out there. It measures with a precision of 0.1 grams.
In addition, it comes with an integrated timer and an automatic power-off funtion (at a 5 minute interval). It is available in black or silver/metal color, it uses 2 AAA batteries, and it has never failed us.
Why Use a Coffee Scale?
Get the most out of your coffee
Most people today desire convenience over taste, which is why coffee machines that use pre-measured coffee pods or cups are so popular. But for those who want to be able to get the most flavor out of their coffee, having a scale is essential.
It’s important to use the right ratio of grounds to water. Too much water and your coffee will be weak. Too little water, and you’ll be drinking coffee paste and will lose all the flavors the beans provide.
By using a scale to correctly measure your coffee and the water you add to it, you’ll not only get the most out of your beans, but you may find that you use less coffee than you used to, which could help you save on your grocery bill.
Keep your daily cup of coffee consistent
Have you ever one day made the absolute perfect cup of coffee? We don’t just mean a decent cup. We mean the cup that makes your eyes roll back with pleasure, and you savor every drop because you don’t want it to ever end.
Ever had that? Imagine making a cup of coffee like that every day. No more guesswork, or “how did I do that?” whenever you try to recreate what you did. Get a coffee scale, learn how to match the perfect coffee to water ratio, and then match those same measurements every time you make your coffee. Never again will you have a bad cup of coffee.
Easy to use no matter your coffee brewing method
Whether you brew manually, with a French press, or a drip coffee maker, having a scale will work wonders for your next cup of coffee. Most units have a tare option, so you can put your brewer or filter on, press the tare to zero it out, then add however much coffee you need.
Even if you don’t weigh your water, weighing your coffee alone can go a long way to having an amazing cup.
The same is true for pod or cup filter machines. Instead of buying the pre-measured cups of coffee, get the empty filter insert. Then just measure the coffee on the scale the same way you would other methods (by using the tare feature).
The 7 Best Coffee Scales According to Baristas
Hario V60 Drip Coffee Scale & Timer
Our choice for the best coffee scale around, the Hario V60 has everything you need in a coffee scale, prioritizing function over looks. It’s powered by just two AAA batteries (included).
This scale measures within 0.1 grams, giving you the most accurate weights for both your coffee grounds and your brewing coffee. It even has its own timer so you can set how long you want to brew without the machine shutting off on you.
That said, it does have an auto-shutoff (activates after 5 minutes) that only works when you’re not using the timer. If you’re not using a timer to perfect your bloom (the method in which the gasses escape the coffee grounds when water is added) this can help you save battery power.
There are a couple of downsides to this device according to various reviews. Some feel that it’s a bit bulky compared to other models. Others have reported it breaking after about a year of mild use.
Brewista Smart Scale II (BSSRB2)
The Brewista Smart Scale is designed for any barista, amateur or professional. With six modes to choose from, you can use this to brew your coffee your way and get the exact weight each time.
Completely sealed with silicone inside and out, this scale is both water and scratch resistant, making it perfect for your pour-over coffee or your espresso drip tray. It is accurate to 0.1g and features a weight capacity of 2000g.
You won’t have to worry about buying batteries for this device, as it features a rechargeable battery powered by a USB cord. It also comes with an acrylic cover to protect the scale when it’s not in use. This cover also doubles as a tray with which to way coffee beans or food.
The biggest con to this coffee scale is the price, but the number of features available, and the fact that it’s small and portable makeup for the price tag. It’s also extremely durable and backed by a 1-year warranty.
Ellessi Coffee Weight Scale
This elegant food scale can weigh anything you want without ever running out of power. A unique design feature in the Ellessi enables it to generate its own power. No batteries or cords needed, just turn it on and you’re ready to go.
Among any food item you could think of weighing with this scale, it’ll work perfectly as a coffee scale. The only downside is that it doesn’t have a timer, so if you need to time your coffee brewing to get the perfect flavor, you’ll need to buy a separate timer.
The Ellessi scale is extremely lightweight and small enough to carry with you on business trips or vacations. You’ll be able to weigh your coffee and grounds (or anything you want) anywhere you go. It’s also made of stainless steel so it’s not only safe to place your food or beans directly on the scale but is also extremely easy to clean.
And the best part is it’s backed by a 3-year warranty and lifetime support from the manufacturer. They also offer a 100% refund within 60 days if you’re not completely satisfied.
Etekcity EK6212 Kitchen Food Digital Scale
Another great scale for weighing coffee or any other food in your kitchen, the Etekcity EK6212 Digital Food Scale easily measures as low as 1g, all the way up to 5kg, giving you the most accurate measurement for your coffee needs. It’s also made from stainless steel, so it’s food safe and easy to clean.
This scale is battery powered with 2 AAA batteries (included), and it features a super easy zero/tare option so you can use any container to weigh your food, beans, or coffee in.
It does have an auto-shutoff feature which turns the scale off after 2 minutes of inactivity. This is something to consider if your coffee needs a longer brew time. You’ll also need to buy a separate timer.
You can get this at a super affordable price, complete with a 30-day money back guarantee and 1-year warranty.
ERAVSOW Digital Hand Drip Coffee Scale
The ERAVSOW coffee scale is popular among baristas and coffee connoisseurs alike. It features a stainless steel surface that’s scratch resistant and easy to clean, and you can easily switch between grams and milliliters, depending on your preference or measuring needs.
It’s precise down to the closest 0.1g, and the backlit display is extremely easy to read, perfect for those late nights and early mornings. It’s powered with 2 AAA batteries that are included, and auto-shuts off after 5 minutes, giving you just enough time to get the perfect brew while also saving on battery life.
The ERAVSOW is also backed by a 1-year warranty. Some reviewers have mentioned that the weights tend to fluctuate, or that the unit broke after only a month or so. But with so many positive reviews, it’s possible a few people may have received a “bad batch” and isn’t necessarily indicative of the overall quality.
Etekcity EK6015 Digital Kitchen Coffee Scale
Much like the other Etekcity scale on our list, this weighs more than just coffee so if you need a general food scale and don’t want to clutter up your kitchen, this is a good option to go with. It’s also very small in design, so can easily be slipped into a drawer or cupboard when not in use.
This is also the cheapest of the bunch, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank to get a decent digital scale in your home. Its stainless steel surface is easy to clean and safe for all foods, and the buttons are etched into the surface, rather than raised.
Easy zero/tare for accurate weighing, and an auto-shutoff feature to save battery life. It does shut off after 2 minutes, but if you simply tap the scale it’ll come back on without losing your time.
Some buyers have found this to be a rather annoying feature, as they have to repeatedly tap the scale while also trying to pay attention to their coffee’s bloom. If getting the right bloom isn’t important to you, this won’t be an issue.
Saizone Portable Coffee Scale
If you’re looking for a coffee scale that’s super portable and lightweight, then the Saizone Portable Coffee Scale will be perfect for you. It measures 7 x 5 inches and weighs less than 9 ounces, making this scale the perfect travel size for all your coffee weighing needs.
You can easily switch between measuring grams or ounces, whichever your preference, and it’ll measure accurately down to the 0.1g, and as high as 2000g.
This unit does not appear to have an auto-off feature, so when you’re finished weighing your coffee be sure to remember to turn the unit off so you can save on battery life.
Choosing a Coffee Scale
You’ve gone through the list above, looked through the pros and cons and various features available. Some of you may have already made a decision, and that’s great!
But there are probably others that are still not sure which scale to get, or even if one of the ones on our list is right for you. For you, let’s go over a few key features to look for and how to decide what YOU need in a coffee scale.
Every unit on our list has a zero/tare feature, which helps you get the most accurate weight possible. This is used whenever you need to weigh something in a container, but you don’t want the weight of the container itself to muddle things up.
For coffee weighing purposes, this container may be your filter basket, French press, or manual decanter. You simply put the container on the scale and press the tare button. It’ll reset the weight to zero so that when you start adding your coffee grounds, the weight read-out will be for just the coffee and nothing else.
A timer is an essential feature if you brew your coffee manually. It helps you know just how long you need for your coffee’s bloom, and at what intervals to add water. Not every scale comes with a built-in timer, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping.
If you use a different brewing method and don’t need a timer, this may be an extra feature that you don’t need.
And the auto-off feature is an amazing feature that helps you save battery life but depending on your brewing method could be rather annoying. Some will shut off after about five minutes, which is fine if your bloom time is less than that. But other units will switch off after only two minutes of inactivity.
As with the timer, if getting the right timing isn’t what you need, then the auto-off feature can be a lifesaver. Consider your brewing method and how an auto-off feature may affect your measuring needs.
Some people have small kitchens and don’t need yet another appliance cluttering the countertops. Others may travel a lot and want to be able to make the right cup of coffee while on the road.
If either of those is you, then looking for a scale that’s of small design and easily portable is important. Scales come in various sizes and weights, so pay attention to that as you shop.
Another factor to consider is price, and how much is in your budget for a new kitchen gadget. Be sure to weigh the price against the features available. You don’t want to overpay for features you don’t need, but you also don’t want to miss out on necessary features because you opted for the least expensive scale.
Finding the right coffee scale for your brewing needs doesn’t have to be a headache. Consider your brewing methods and what features you may or may not need before you make your final decision.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.