Anyone who cooks pour coffee knows what weight is needed to make sure you are getting the right amount of coffee, water and coffee and water. Any old scales can help you weigh things up, though this $ 150 scale from Acaia is called Pearl – This is what professionals turn to if they want to improve their cup.
Still, $ 150 is a lot for the scale. So … is it worth it? We tested one to find out.
At first glance: Acaia Pearl scales
Units of measurement: Grams / ounces
Maximum power: 2000 grams / 70.55 ounces
Battery: lithium-ion battery 3.7 In 1100 mAh
Battery life: 30 to 40 hours
What’s good about the Acaia Pearl coffee scale
The most important thing in scales – especially for coffee, in which every gram is important – is their accuracy. Acaia Pearl to the nearest tenth of a gram, while some other scales may not get what scanty with their testimony.
Another big plus of Pearl is how fast it registers weight – its response time is one of the fastest on the market, especially compared to lower-end coffee scales. Also, the weights stabilize faster, so you don’t need to spend those half seconds to make sure the scales actually reflect the correct weight.
Coffee weight for coffee lovers
Almost everything in this coffee scale is designed to help improve your coffee brewing ability. The display has a real-time flow rate indicator that lets you know if you’re pouring water too fast or too slow. The display even has markings that serve as thresholds for the so-called proper flow rate, which baristas use to assess how well their cup of coffee will be extracted.
The Pearl also has a bunch of modes that help improve your skills as a barista. Dual display mode – the most common setting for all coffee scales – allows you to see the weight and timer. But if you activate other Pearl features, you can also turn on the auto-start timer mode, which registers when you start pouring water, and automatically starts the timer. In beverage mode the pearl guides you through everything pouring process from placing the cup or decanter on the scales to removing the filter at the end of brewing.
And for those who love their apps, Pearl uses Bluetooth to connect a companion smartphone app that lets you store brewing recipes, update firmware and use other features of Cavaliers.
Pearl is recharging
It’s a minor point, but the fact that the Pearl scale is recharging is probably one of my favorite things. I used to use Hario coffee scales that run on AAA batteries, and always hated changing those things, especially when replacing the batteries was an extra step between waking up and drinking coffee.
Pearl is charged via USB Type-C, so although the charger is included with Pearl, you can also use the charger for your phone. The brand argues that coffee weights need to be recharged only every few months if the juice lasts 30 to 40 hours. Also, the weight comes charged directly from the box.
Which isn’t perfect on the Acaia Pearl scale
This is a great price tag
It’s hard to ignore Pearl’s $ 150 price tag – especially if you can get decent coffee scales for much, much less. This thing investments, for those who are serious about coffee. If you’re just trying to make coffee in the morning so you can do the rest of the day, this thing seems like a huge waste of money.
However, many coffee lovers at home like to experiment with brewing coffee and different beans. If you are one of them, Pearl will help you take your coffee brewing technique to the next level.
Difficult to use interface
Pearl has only two buttons: the power button and the tare button. It makes things sleek and minimalist, but those two buttons are all you need to scale. Navigating Pearl settings requires any number of combinations of taps – long and short – and remembering what to press and how long to press makes Pearl annoying to use.
Because of the box Pearl has only two ready-to-use modes: weight only and dual display for weight and time. For some reason Acaia makes you go into settings – again, hard to find – to enable (or disable) different modes. I had to go into settings to activate autorun mode and beverage mode. The question arises: why didn’t Acaia just turn on all these modes?
You cannot restore the timer
One of my biggest complaints about Pearl is the timer. Yes, it counts up perfectly, but once you pause the timer, there is no way to resume it – the timer returns to zero. It doesn’t make sense. Since it’s a touch button, you can accidentally pause the timer, and since you can’t turn the countdown, you can ruin the whole coffee recipe if you forget how much time is left to brew.
Acaia Pearl Scale: Verdict
I did pour coffee it’s been almost ten years, and “Pearl” has always been one of the additions to my dream to my filling set. It looks really nice and it’s incredibly true … but it’s also insanely expensive.
If you are not trying to participate in a barista competition, this scale feels like a luxury you can do without. A coffee lover would no doubt appreciate the Pearl as a gift, but it’s hard to justify the price if $ 50 coffee scales can handle it.
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