Anyway, I love those little scales. Thin enough that I can fit the under the portafilter with a capp cup on it, and the look of it fits right in with my machine. I've even had people assume that it came with the machine. Cleans up well after grounds and coffee get on it. And cheap enough that I won't cry if it dies.
Bob_McBob Senior Member Joined: 30 Jan 2006 Posts: 456 Location: Waterloo, ON Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012, 1:55pm Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
The American Weigh SC-2KG is useful because it has a large capacity, 0.1g precision, and it's fairly cheap. I am not sure what else to recommend if you want a precision scale to use for pourover and other high-capacity coffee tasks. I really dislike using it for weighing coffee and espresso shots because of its slow update time, especially when recognizing small changes in weight (e.g. topping up a bowl of beans, or trying to hit 300g of water rather than 302g).
For espresso, I much prefer the 550g MyWeigh Triton T2. The display update is by far the fastest I've seen out of all the low-cost pocket scales I've tried, and it is extremely sensitive. As a bonus, the shape fits much better on E-61 machines that don't have a lot of space in front of the three-way valve discharge chute. Unfortunately, the 550g capacity means it isn't much use for regular coffee brewing tasks, so I alternate between the Triton and SC-2KG for different coffee-related weighing duties.
2 in use everyday & a spare just in case one of the others ever breaks. Paid $5.00-$7.50 including shipping which takes about 10 days from China. They are accurate & can be recalibrated if you have weights. Having paid $25-$30 for supposedly better quality scales in the past which ended up in the trash within a year or so these are the only scales I'll buy for my coffeebar.
Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012, 7:50am Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
I've got one of those exact Chinese scales. The buttons got funky after about six months and I have to tep it here and there to get it to turn on. Once it's on, it works okay, but it's a huge PITA. The Jennings scales have 20-year warrantees. The Ebay scale? Not so much.
Let's check back in in 20 years, okay? Then we can compare ongoing scale costs over that period. Until then, making assumptions about who's paying what for what is an exercise in futility.
Not that I've got anything in particular against inexpensive Chinese-made electronics - lord knows I have bought and own enough of it - but I'm familiar in a first-hand way with the kind of component shortcuts that get taken for the low-priced versions of things, as opposed to items strictly spec'd and manufactured under contract and supervision, as well as the type of QA that happens at the lower end of the manufacturing ladder. .
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