[Homeroast] Weight vs. Volume

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Fri Dec 12 09:18:05 CST 2014


I personally feel that weighing is faster, easier, and more precise than
measuring volume, and of course plan to continue weighing. I brew with a
moka pot and also weigh water, again because it seems faster, easier, and
more precise than trying to measure by volume.

Brian

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM, John Dodson <j_dodson at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
> I inquired about scales a few months ago.  I had a Salter food scale with
> a resolution of 2.0 grams.  From the groups input I purchased a Escali
> (from SM) resolution 0.1 grams. I took my old scale and put just enough
> coffee to get to 22 grams, checked the weight on the Escali 21.6 added 4
> beans to get to 22. Then I put the beans back on the Salter the weight was
> still 22 added one bean at a time 10 beans until it just registered 24
> grams, put the beans back on the Escali and they weighed 22.6 grams.  I am
> pretty good at eyeballing 22 grams of beans but with the higher resolution
> scale I usually need to add or subtract 2 or 3 beans.  For what its worth.
>
> John
>
>
>
> On Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:56 PM, Larry Dorman <ldorman at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>
>
> So I've read for a long time about people weighing out a specific number of
> grams of whole beans before grinding for espresso.  I had always just
> eyeballed it and gone by rough volume.  However, I got a small gram scale
> and started weighing primarily for the purposes of reducing waste, but also
> to see if I could appreciate the difference in the cup.
>
> I've been weighing for a couple months now and my experience has been:
>
> 1)  The proper grams changes per roast... sometimes very little (1/5 gram)
> and other times by a lot (1.5 grams)
>
> 2)  Once I find the right grams for a give roast I do reduce both over and
> under grinding incidents.
>
> 3)  I've had a slight improvement in the cup due to greater consistency in
> how much coffee I end up with in the portafilter.
>
> So...  I can appreciate that there has been value in weighing the beans.
> However, it seems I might be able to achieve the same by actually measuring
> volume instead of eyeballing it.  This could be as simple as drawing a line
> in the receptacle I'm currently using when I weigh.
>
> Any thoughts and other first-hand experiences anyone would like to share on
> the matter?
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