Coffee is a lot of things. It’s how we get up in the morning, it keeps us alert throughout the day, it comforts, it soothes, it energizes, motivates, and I’m willing to bet it’s one of the most popular morning rituals among people all around the world. However, while the ritual may be the same, the way it’s accomplished varies wildly between people. There’s typically a sizable difference between cups of coffee depending on which maker, machine and type of beans you use. Some people prefer straight black coffee, some prefer lattes, cold brew is some peoples’ vice and for others it’s all about espresso. Some grind their own beans and some people use coffee pods exclusively.
If grinding your own beans and measuring your own brew is your thing, a coffee scale is a must-have for accuracy. Coffee scales are similar to kitchen scales in that they’re designed to help you measure out the exact amount of coffee you want to make. If you’re into experimenting with different ratios of coffee and water in your brews, it’s time to ditch that plastic scoop that comes with the bag and get something legit.
Do I Really Need One?
Yes. Sure you could eyeball the measurements, but that means the flavors in your cup are going to vary widely. Some beans are best to roast at a standard 1:15 coffee to water ratio, but others need something completely different. It all has to do with the beans’ density and volume as opposed to mass. I know what you’re thinking — “am I really going to be the dude with the coffee scale, I mean — who cares?! What I have is good enough!” You should care — it’s the difference between a mediocre jolt of jitters and a top-of-the-line one. You decide.
What Should I Look for In a Coffee Scale?
You’re looking for accuracy. You should also aim for something digital, and two decimal places tends to be enough. Your coffee scale also doesn’t have to be particularly large, something that can can hold a up of coffee on a flat surface is enough. You’ll also want to make sure it has a tare button that can zero out the weight of a container as well.
Battery powered usually suffices, but there are some rechargeable ones that would be good for heavier users like a coffee shop or small business. Since there will most likely be water around — something water resistant is great and having a built-in timer is a low-key very useful feature for calculating extraction times.
There are also coffee scales that are more utilitarian, and others that will look great sitting on your kitchen counter. Thankfully, many of the high-quality ones are also pretty to look at, so you don’t have to sacrifice effectiveness for style.
There are also smart scales that offer bluetooth connectivity and allow you to track your brews in even deeper ways, the jury’s still out on whether this functionality is completely necessary, but we’ll include a few highly-rated ones in our list nonetheless.
How Do You Use a Coffee Scale?
The ways you can use a coffee scale vary depending on how you like to make your coffee. If you use a regular coffee maker — you’ll measure the ground coffee into the filter on the scale and then stick the whole thing into the machine with your desired amount of coffee inside.
If you’re making espresso, you’ll complete the same process as above with a portafilter instead of a regular filter. If you plan on using a portable brewer, you can set the whole thing onto the scale, tare it, and add the coffee until the desired amount has been reached.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and get that much closer to your next great cup, check out our list of the best coffee scales below.
1. Hario V60 Coffee Scale
This coffee scale from Hario is widely known as a high-quality, accurate, dependable machine that’ll get you to the cup of coffee you want and deserve. It measures in 0.1 gram increments for a high level of precision and includes a drip timer for consistently perfect pours. It also has an integrated timer for complete control of the brewing process, and it automatically powers down after five minutes of inactivity to save battery life.
The product’s title means “The King of Glass” in Japanese and it shows. This product is also sleek as hell, and gives off a minimalist, shiny, polished vibe that you want out of a coffee-making device. It comes in three different colors but we prefer the all-black one.
2. Etekcity Digital Stainless Steel Coffee Scale
There’s a thin line between coffee scales and regular ol’ kitchen food scales, and some of them, like this one, serve both purposes beautifully. This durable, accurate coffee scale can measure up to 11 lbs with a graduation of 0.04oz. It can measure ounces, grams, milliliters and pounds and includes both water and milk volume measurement modes. It’s made of food-grade stainless steel for easy cleaning and simple maintenance. It also has a clearly backlit display, a low battery indication function and the tare function is simple to use as well. It’s very highly rated on Amazon with a 4.5-star ranking with over 38,000 reviews, and has a lengthy display time programmed in so it won’t blank on you when you’re in the middle of producing your perfect cup.
3. ERAVSOW Coffee Scale With Timer
Coffee, beans and makers are all expenses — a nice bougie cup of coffee doesn’t need to cost a lot and that includes the scale you use to measure it with. This scale is quite affordable and comes with all of the necessary and desirable features these kitchen gadgets tend to offer. The high-precision G sensors provide measurements down to 0.1 oz and you can easily switch between ounces, grams and fluid ounces depending on what you’re measuring.
The large LED screen is backlit and shows a zero/tare function, an auto-shutoff function as well as low battery and overload indicators if you’re ever putting too much on the scale. The stainless steel tray also comes with a silicone mat that can grip a coffee pot and prevent it from spilling and acts as a barrier to keep the tray from being burned if there’s an accidental spill.
4. Coffee Gator Coffee Scale
This is a quality, dependable scale that’ll make a great addition to your kitchen counter and coffee prep routine. This scale is multi-purpose and designed to engineer a great cup of coffee each and every time. This is a one stop shop for accurately measuring ounces, grams, fluid ounces and liters all in one device. It has a non-slip rubber mat built into the scale to keep things steady, and the bright LCD backlit screen is easy to read even when you haven’t had your morning coffee yet. This scale is accurate from 0.003 ounces to 6.6 pounds, so you can trust that your coffee ratios will be on point and you won’t be adding any more or less than your desired amount.
5. Escali Primo Precision Kitchen Coffee Scale
One of the most popular worries with kitchen gadgets? That they’ll sputter and give out on you after only a few months — no thanks. This coffee scale from Escali has a LIFETIME warranty, so you don’t have to worry about it quitting on you mid-brew. It has a weight capacity of up to 11 lbs and the buttons are sealed in case of accidental liquid spills. There are only two buttons on the entire machine, so operation is simple. The tare feature is easy to maneuver, and the chrome color finish will blend right in with your kitchen decor. The body is compact and easy to store, and the LED face is large enough to see easily without the need for squinting.
6. OXO Good Grips 6 Lb Precision Coffee Scale
I’m personally a big fan of OXO’s products and this coffee scale has a precision timer worth writing home about. The integrated timer is perfect for making pour-over coffee where accuracy is a must, and is has an auto-shutoff feature so it won’t stay on and waste battery as you sip your cup of liquid energy. The thin, compact shape makes storing it very convenient and the smooth, flat surface is simple to clean. We like how the display blends in with the scale’s surface, giving it a modern look that’ll look excellent on a clean kitchen counter, and it measures in 0.1-gram intervals for maximum accuracy.
7. KitchenTour Coffee Scale
If you can’t read it easily, there isn’t a huge point to the coffee scale to begin with. This coffee scale measures precisely between 0.3g and 3,000g and has a few different scale intervals you can choose between — 0.1g, 0.5g and 1.0g. The design is futuristic and modern, and the functionality is high-quality and great for measuring ground coffee, liquid espresso and brewed coffee as well. The touch-sensitive buttons are reactive and easy to use, and it has a two-minute auto-shutoff feature that’s quicker to respond than other similar scales so you save even more energy. The non-slip rubber pad also protects your counter, your coffee makers and the machine itself from spills.
8. Brewista Ratio Pour Over Coffee Scale
This coffee scale has a water-resistant nano coating over the entire thing so the mechanics inside are protected from spills, and it has both automatic and manual modes for ease of use. Dual-timing bars display both the actual and desired pouring rates, and it has a USB-rechargeable battery so easy powering. It also has a silicone pad for both temperature change and water resistance, and it has adjustable water to grounds ratios you can plug in so your cup comes out optimally each time.
9. Outry High Accuracy Coffee Scale
This coffee scale registers weight and weight changes instantly and measures down to 0.1 grams with adjustable graduations. It has a built-in count-up timer for timing your coffee beverage perfectly that can go up to 99 minutes and 59 seconds. The LCD screen is also backlit green to make it very easy to read, and the heat-resistant silicone pad is safe to use with very hot water. It’s also easy to remove and clean if it gets dirty, and the scale comes with a hard plastic cover to protect it when you’re not using it.