The Acaia Pearl Coffee Scale helps make it repeatable. The scale is Bluetooth enabled giving you full control and all the display on a smart phone application, for both Android and iPhone. The high precision scale is combined with a stopwatch time to ensure you get just the right extraction time, measuring your water and beans to .1 grams. Combined, it also reports the flow rate, so you can have a consistent extraction during a pour over. It is also beautifully minimalist, fitting in at any cafe or your own home coffee making station. Your smartphone does need to support Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) which is available on iPhone 4 and 5 and recent Android devices running Kit Kat.
|Minimalist device, minimalist packaging|
The team behind the Acaia Pearl are all coffee lovers and sought to connect design and and technology in their coffee. In fact, I would love to be on their team, because their Instagram feed shows them always trying out new coffees. The project was successfully funded on Kickstarter and earlier this year, they started shipping product.
|Getting my pour over technique right.|
I first saw the scale when I was at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) symposium. As you entered the conference, there was a display case of new and innovative products and I knew I had to find out more about this scale. Their booth was unfortunately in a hard to find back corner, but I persevered until I found them.
The SCAA event is neat in that all facets of specialty coffee are represented. Growers have booths along side industrial roaster manufacturers. Innovative packaging solutions are next to artisan cafes. SCAA brings together the art and science of specialty coffee. New products like the Pearl are introduced and renown baristas compete and wow with their creations.
After talking with Rex, their president and founder, they sent me a scale to review and geek out with. While its a really cool gadget, I had to figure out exactly how I liked my coffee. I had my method down pat for the Aeropress (inverted method, 1 minute extraction a la Stumptown), but it was years since I had made a pour over or French Press.
The scale is quite simple to use, you measure your beans, enter your bean to water ratio and it will calculate how much water you need. Then, you reset your scale with your pour over cone or what ever your brew method is, start the timer and with a 3,2,1 countdown, start pouring. You're provided feedback on your flow rates and a way to rate, record and share your brew.
|Not very consistent with my pour, but I'm getting better.|
It's a pretty cool scale and deservedly, it won the Best New Product of SCAA 2014 and the People's Choice Winner of Coffee Accessories. Check out their website for more details or to pick one up for $129.00
Disclaimer: I was given one of these scales to review on my blog and share my opinion of it. I was not otherwise compensated and now my coffee is far more consistent and I get to geek out in the mornings!