At Red Cedar Coffee Co. we consider the digital scale as the secret weapon in coffee brewing. Put away the tablespoons and little scoops, and instead use a scale.
Not only does a digital scale take the guesswork out when using a pour over brewer, it helps prevent issues of using too much coffee when using a drip coffee maker.
Weighing ingredients = consistency
Brewing using a digital scale helps to brew coffee for consistency and accuracy. Coffee roasts have different mass which makes measuring by scoop or tablespoon tricky. The digital scale avoids this problem.
Oftentimes a pour over brewing recipe will show a brewing ratio such as 1:16 (one-ounce ground coffee to 16 ounces water). The range for coffee brewing is 1:14 to 1:18. The less water used will brew a stronger cup of coffee, the more water used will brew a lighter cup.
When you find your preferred brewing ratio by using a digital scale you will be able to brew with consistency.
How to use a digital scale for pour overs and emersion methods
For pour over and emersion (French press, cold brew) brewing methods you will want to follow these steps:
- Place the pour over brewer or French press onto the digital scale
- Tare (or zero out) the pour over or French press
- Add the desired coffee grounds into the pour over or French press
- Tare (or zero out) the coffee grounds
- Add the desired hot water into pour over or French press
Using the digital scale means you have more control in the amount of water you use. This can be helpful when using a 40 oz. Chemex to brew only 16 oz.
How to use a digital scale for drip coffee brewers
For a drip coffee maker, you can still use your digital scale:
- Place your flat bottom coffee filter onto the digital scale
- Tare (or zero out) the coffee filter
- Add the desired coffee grounds onto the coffee filter
Grams vs. ounces
There are countless digital scales models on the market. Some digital scales, like the Hario brand, measure in grams. Other digital scales allow you to switch from grams to ounces.
Scales that measure in grams will give you a more precise weight when it comes to measuring the weight of water. This is particularly helpful for the Chemex.
Select a digital scale model with the unit of measurement that is easiest for you.