EXAGRAM COMPACT SCALES BY WACACO
I was thrilled to get the chance to review the new Exagram compact coffee scales from Wacaco.
In summary, the precision, quality of manufacture and compact size were impressive. I really liked that they have included a built-in timer and also provide a silicone pad that can be used to protect the scales from liquid spills.
Even before removing the Exagram from the box, the robustness of the packaging and the simplicity of the marketing suggested to me that the contents were going to be well designed and simple to use. I wasn’t disappointed.
The inside of the box was lined with black foam to protect the scales in transit, and the box also contained a comprehensive user booklet.
Turning the scales on and off is simple!
I saw some comments on reddit by someone saying that they found it inconvenient that the on/off switch is on the underside of the scales. What they appear not to have realised is that the scales switch on by applying light pressure on the display. They will either turn off automatically after 5 minutes, or you can press the display again, applying light pressure for a couple of seconds, and the unit will switch off.
It’s also worth noting here that the scales use 2 x 1.5v AAA batteries and the display backlight dims after 90 seconds of non-use.
Compact and light
These scales are perfect to use on your travels as they weigh only 128g and fit in the palm of your hand. They are also very stylish in black to be used at home and displayed with all your other coffee making gadgets.
The scales can be used with or without the ribbed silicone pad, but I found it useful so used it all the time. Not only does it protect the stainless steel scales from heat transfer it also protects them from any liquid spills.
You can weigh from as little as 0.3g and up to 2kg. The tare function zero’s out the display so you can use any cup or container to start weighing accurately.
First of all I measured out 50g of coffee beans on some old trusted kitchen scales, I then fine-tuned the weight using the Basal Pequeno Digital Scales, then repeatedly transferred the coffee beans to and from the Exagram scales, occasionally applying some extra weight with my finger. The weight consistently showed 50g on the display.
I tried out the timer using my Cuppamoka pour-over coffee maker. After tareing the display I was ready to start pouring.
I pressed the timer button, poured a small amount of water then paused the timer after a couple of seconds to let the coffee bloom.
After un-pausing the timer I controlled the remaining length of the pour and at the same time checked the weight to make sure the extracted coffee was exactly how I like it!
Wacaco have done a great job with these scales. Not only are they well built and stylish, they are also compact so very convenient to use when travelling. The addition of the timer makes it perfect for the coffee connoisseur to help them get their coffee right every time. And the inclusion of a removable ribbed silicone pad is a great idea to protect the scales from liquid spills and from heat transfer.
The Exagram Compact Coffee Scales are not yet available to buy in Australia. The expected price will be around AUD$55-60.
The first shipment is expected to arrive in early 2022. If you would like to be contacted when availability is known enter your details below and we will be in touch nearer the time.