In 2013, a group of enthusiasts decided to create a scale tailored for professionals in the coffee industry. They started raising funds on Kickstarter and launched their first Acaia Pearl scale in 2014. The model was presented at SCAA Expo and won the Best New Product Award. The Acaia Pearl with a real-time indicator is a product eagerly awaited by coffee professionals. This scale is a unique gadget from the same-name brand that features a distinctive minimalistic design. This precise and accurate electronic device integrates a built-in flow-rate indicator, which visualizes the real-time pouring speed, and the software that helps users control the pour-over coffee brewing. It allows saving the parameters of the brewing process in the gadget memory for further analysis to achieve successful extraction ratios in the future.
Acaia Pearl Design and Appearance
The scale has a minimalistic and futuristic design. The housing of the model is pearl white with a translucent top layer. When the scale is turned off, the panel is completely invisible, but when it is on, the numbers start glowing. In general, the design is simple and looks beautiful in any interior. Aside from being beautiful, the material of the housing is of high quality and allows removing any stains easily. The set includes a specially sized heat-resistant rubber pad and a USB charger cable.
|Product Feature||Feature Parameters|
|Manufacturer||Acaia Corp, USA|
|Product weight||462 g|
|Minimum weight||1 g|
|Maximum weight||2000 g|
- Measurement accuracy: 0.1 g
- Response time: 20 ms
- Display that shows the weight of the brewed drink (in grams) and the time
- Touch control buttons
- Automatic shut-off
- Product dimensions (WxHxD): 160x32x160 mm
It’s hard to imagine how coffee laboratories have worked without the Acaia Pearl. This innovative product has a simple construction and is indispensable for brewing needs. It comes with a convenient time-saving function to calculate the coffee-to-water ratio; it saves the parameters of the brewing process in the memory; it is easy to use and has multiple modes. The Acaia Pearl is characterized by sensible balance and detects a minor weight loss within the accuracy of 0.1 g during the evaporation process.
How to Use It?
Any coffee scale always differs in functionality from a regular or even pastry scale. Also, it allows users to weigh various objects (maximum to 2 kilograms) and offers other limitless possibilities.
The scale is operated via a sensitive touch screen that is activated by a light touch. In the left front part, there is an On/Off button that can also be used for switching between modes. On the right, there is a button to reset the weight on the display, which, if pressed and held, allows switching between modes as well.
- weighing mode (a daily used function);
- timer mode (shows weight and time);
- auto start at water supply (the timer is activated when you start pouring espresso);
- auto tare at water supply (the Tare button is activated when the first espresso drops fall into the cup);
- auto tare of the cup (shows the total time of water supply including pre-infusion).
The operation may seem complicated, but coffee lovers and professional baristas will understand that this scale is Jack of all trades that helps users enjoy their drinks brewed in any way.
The scale is simple to operate and can be disassembled intuitively, which is a big plus.
Features, Pros and Cons
This appliance is unique because it connects to a tablet or a smartphone running iOS or Android. The scale data is transmitted via Bluetooth to the special application Acaia Coffee, which visualizes the coffee brewing process. The brewing graph is drawn on the screen in real time, and the delay doesn’t exceed 20 milliseconds. Aside from primary values such as time and weight, the pouring speed is also calculated and plotted. After your drink is ready, you can send your result to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, attaching the profile of the brewing process and photos, and share your impressions.
Also, I’d like to pay your attention to the battery of the device. Due to a lithium-ion battery, the gadget can work within 20-30 hours without recharging. Thanks to the auto-off function, the battery can last for several days, considering that the scale is in operation for 8-10 hours a day.
- A stunning design
- Quality material
- The highest measurement accuracy
- Multiple modes
- A long battery life
- Compact and lightweight
- Not a budget option for home use
- A low-contrast display
- Not all parts are waterproof
Today, the Acaia Pearl is considered the gold-quality standard among other coffee scales for professional use. The device is great for commercial use in coffee shops and bars or for making confections. I’ve used it for over 2 years, and I still enjoy using it every day!