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What's the best? My primary use is weighing the proper dose of coffee beans.

My requirements:
  1. Cost: $100 is not out of the question, but almost.
  2. Capacity: 2000g or more.
  3. Precision to 0.1 gram.
  4. No fussy fiddling to use it. No redoing settings each time (except tare).
  5. No wired plug-in. Occasional battery charging or replacement OK.
  6. Consistency. My current scale will give different readings back-to-back and depending on how carefully you center whatever is being weighed.
  7. Speed. My current scale takes too long to settle in on a reading. If you add coffee beans slowly to get to the exact weight, the reading does not change until it makes a big jump past the target.
I've gone up on acceptable cost because of those last two. They are probably the same fault.
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Search the InnerTubes® for ‘best+scale+for+weighing+coffee+beans’

And, then, there is Reddit
https://www.reddit.com/r/Coffee/comment ... ee_scales/

And, Home Barrista
https://www.home-barista.com

And, Coffee Geek
http://coffeegeek.com
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bertilak wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:06 am What's the best? My primary use is weighing the proper dose of coffee beans.

My requirements:
  1. Cost: $100 is not out of the question, but almost.
  2. Capacity: 2000g or more.
  3. Precision to 0.1 gram.
  4. No fussy fiddling to use it. No redoing settings each time (except tare).
  5. No wired plug-in. Occasional battery charging or replacement OK.
  6. Consistency. My current scale will give different readings back-to-back and depending on how carefully you center whatever is being weighed.
  7. Speed. My current scale takes too long to settle in on a reading. If you add coffee beans slowly to get to the exact weight, the reading does not change until it makes a big jump past the target.
I've gone up on acceptable cost because of those last two. They are probably the same fault.
America's Test Kitchen did reviews about scales. I don't sign in to their website, but this site mentions ATK's recommendation, and then gives their own
https://www.beefsteakveg.com/best-kitch ... t-kitchen/

But seriously, accurate to 0.1 gram? What are you making... No, the scales mentioned seem to be accurate to 1 gm.
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InMyDreams wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:20 am
bertilak wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:06 am What's the best? My primary use is weighing the proper dose of coffee beans.

My requirements:
  1. Cost: $100 is not out of the question, but almost.
  2. Capacity: 2000g or more.
  3. Precision to 0.1 gram.
  4. No fussy fiddling to use it. No redoing settings each time (except tare).
  5. No wired plug-in. Occasional battery charging or replacement OK.
  6. Consistency. My current scale will give different readings back-to-back and depending on how carefully you center whatever is being weighed.
  7. Speed. My current scale takes too long to settle in on a reading. If you add coffee beans slowly to get to the exact weight, the reading does not change until it makes a big jump past the target.
I've gone up on acceptable cost because of those last two. They are probably the same fault.
America's Test Kitchen did reviews about scales. I don't sign in to their website, but this site mentions ATK's recommendation, and then gives their own
https://www.beefsteakveg.com/best-kitch ... t-kitchen/

But seriously, accurate to 0.1 gram? What are you making... No, the scales mentioned seem to be accurate to 1 gm.
Explosives or drugs are the only two things that come to mind that that sort of accuracy is important.
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This one is the best and costs less than $15: https://www.amazon.com/AMIR-Electronic- ... ref=sr_1_6

I have had one for several years and use it almost daily.
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I have the Escali scale recommended by the Wirecutter. No complaints. Use it for coffee beans every day.

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/revi ... hen-scale/
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InMyDreams wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:20 am America's Test Kitchen did reviews about scales. I don't sign in to their website, but this site mentions ATK's recommendation, and then gives their own
https://www.beefsteakveg.com/best-kitch ... t-kitchen/
I can't take seriously any review that lists a tare function as a "pro." A scale without a tare capability shouldn't even be on the list! I seriously doubt any available digital scale does not have a tare function.

But seriously, accurate to 0.1 gram? What are you making... No, the scales mentioned seem to be accurate to 1 gm.
A scale has to read to a precision one digit finer than the precision you want. A scale that only registers grams can have a reading off by, at best, one gram. You need to read to 0.1 gram to be accurate to within a gram. A gram scale reading 10 grams could really be indicating anywhere from 9 to 11 grams and that's assuming the scale is accurate to its claimed precision, which it may not be. So you could get a reading of 10 grams from a sample that is in reality anywhere from 8.5 to 11.5. So, you are somewhere within a 3 gram range.
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Soon2BXProgrammer wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:26 am Explosives or drugs are the only two things that come to mind that that sort of accuracy is important.
Drugs like caffeine? :happy
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One can use nickels or pennies to test the calibration of their kitchen scale. These coins have well known masses.
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Afty wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:33 am I have the Escali scale recommended by the Wirecutter. No complaints. Use it for coffee beans every day.

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/revi ... hen-scale/
+1 I’ve had no issues with my Escali.
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campy2010 wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:00 pm
Afty wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:33 am I have the Escali scale recommended by the Wirecutter. No complaints. Use it for coffee beans every day.

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/revi ... hen-scale/
+1 I’ve had no issues with my Escali.
This scale is a non-starter since it weighs in 1 g increments.
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livesoft wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:06 pm
campy2010 wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:00 pm
Afty wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:33 am I have the Escali scale recommended by the Wirecutter. No complaints. Use it for coffee beans every day.

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/revi ... hen-scale/
+1 I’ve had no issues with my Escali.
This scale is a non-starter since it weighs in 1 g increments.
There's a recommendation in the Wirecutter article for a scale that reads in 0.1g increments -- the American Weigh Scales LB-3000 Compact Digital Scale. It's labeled as the pick for coffee aficionados.
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InMyDreams wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:20 am
bertilak wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:06 am What's the best? My primary use is weighing the proper dose of coffee beans.

My requirements:
  1. Cost: $100 is not out of the question, but almost.
  2. Capacity: 2000g or more.
  3. Precision to 0.1 gram.
I've gone up on acceptable cost because of those last two. They are probably the same fault.
But seriously, accurate to 0.1 gram? What are you making... No, the scales mentioned seem to be accurate to 1 gm.
Getting 0.1 gram precision in an affordable scale will be easy. Getting 0.1 gram accuracy in the same scale, not so much, and very unlikely one that measures 2000g or more. There are many kitchen scales sold that show tenth of a gram precision but claim accuracy of 1 gram, so that last number in any measurement is mostly a feel good thing. I'd be at most comfortable with the units digit flipping up or down one value on such a scale, and certainly wouldn't expect it to measure anything less than a gram with any true accuracy. For weighing a mass of coffee beans, one gram accuracy is fine. The Oxo 11-pound scale that ATK recommends has served me well for that, as well as many other kitchen weighing tasks. Its pull-out display is a particularly useful feature.

I have an inexpensive small digital scale with a maximum capacity of 200g for measuring smaller amounts of substances (primarily yeast). It has 0.01g of precision and claims 0.03g of accuracy. I trust it more to 0.1g of accuracy and that's fine for my purposes.
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Afty wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:33 am I have the Escali scale recommended by the Wirecutter. No complaints. Use it for coffee beans every day.

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/revi ... hen-scale/
The article linked also mentions a scale that provides 0.1gm increments and 3000g capacity
https://www.walmart.com/ip/American-Wei ... gn_id=9383
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bertilak wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:49 am
Soon2BXProgrammer wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:26 am Explosives or drugs are the only two things that come to mind that that sort of accuracy is important.
Drugs like caffeine? :happy
yes, its a stimulant.
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InMyDreams wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:20 am
bertilak wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:06 am But seriously, accurate to 0.1 gram? What are you making... No, the scales mentioned seem to be accurate to 1 gm.
I use a fairly ordinary (~$20) scale that reads to 1 gram. 0.1 gram seems to me to be overkill.

The advantage of this scale is that I can use it for other things (baking).

0.1 gm might be necessary for...other substances.
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I can't help with your requirements. 2000 grams is less than 5 pounds. I got rid of my kitchen scale because that was too low of a limit for me. I sometimes want to weight a roast or something heavier. I have a kitchen scale that will weight up to 5000 grams. I have a separate smaller scale with precision to .01 gram. I use the small scale (100g limit) for weighing small quantities like Xantham gum. I also wanted a scale that would cycle between measurements including grams, kilos, ounces and pounds/ounces. It sounds like we have different use cases though.
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I think triple beam balance scales are more accurate than digital scales.
You can buy them on Ebay for about 50 bucks.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R ... e&_sacat=0
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I was very satisfied with a ProScale XC2000 for about 8 years before it was damaged in a mother-in-law incident. Its replacement, a Triton T2, is also good, but the exposed hinges (I keep the lid off) might offend some senses of aesthetics.
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Abe wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:52 pm I think triple beam balance scales are more accurate than digital scales.
You can buy them on Ebay for about 50 bucks.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R ... e&_sacat=0
Probably not. Back in the day, these balances were often stolen from the chem labs.
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The Ozeri ZK14 Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale? CoffeeGearX likes it well enough. Of course at $15 it might be lacking some essential feature.
https://coffeegearx.com/best-coffee-scale/
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livesoft wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:15 pm
Abe wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:52 pm I think triple beam balance scales are more accurate than digital scales.
You can buy them on Ebay for about 50 bucks.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R ... e&_sacat=0
Probably not. Back in the day, these balances were often stolen from the chem labs.
I buy gold and silver so I need accurate scales. I have both digital and triple beam balance scales. The digital scales are light weight and small so easy to carry around, but I believe the triple beam are more accurate. A nickle weighs 5 grams. When I put a nickle on my digital scales, I may get a reading of 5 grams or maybe 4.9g or 5.1g. With my balance scales, it will be right on 5 grams. Having said that, most of the time the digital scales are close enough for my use and a lot more portable.
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