The Hario Drip Scale


At every coffee event I attended this year, the Hario booth always had some of the most lust-worthy products on display. The highlight of their product line was always the newly released V60 Drip Scale. In a departure from Hario’s specialization in glass, this scale represents the companies continued focus on the growing coffee market. The scale includes the simple but brilliant addition of a built-in timer, which may not be new, but it’s the first time I’ve seen one specifically made for coffee brewing.

The scale is beautifully designed and upon its release became one of the nicest looking available on the market. It has a small footprint (140mmX190mm), but is still large enough for a Chemex. Its clean lines, touch sensitive buttons and unique shape are finished in a lovely matte black that looks great, but emphasizes finger prints.

The scale has a 2kg (2000g) maximum capacity with 0.1g increments up to 200g and 0.5g increments up to 500g. After you reach 500g, the scale only measures in 1g increments. Powered by two AAA-batteries, the scale automatically turns off after 5 minutes of inactivity, so a mid-pour shut-down should never be an issue. The display is clear the scale measures accurately, but it’s not as fast as I’d expect for the price ($70).

What makes this scale different than others available, is that it was specifically designed with coffee brewing in mind and includes a timer right beside the weight display. This may seem like a trivial addition, but once you’ve used it, you’ll wish every scale had this feature. Best of all, you no longer need to lay your smartphone below a stream of water (freeing it up to take photos for Instagram).

Hario also designed a clear acrylic pourover stand and drip tray that pairs perfectly with the scale. While it’s obviously designed with the V60 in mind, any pourover cone from Kalita to Melitta would work just as well.

The scale and stand are sold separately from each other, and the stand isn’t necessary to enjoy the scale. The clear acrylic is easily scratched with cleaning and also costs nearly as much as the already pricey scale ($65). However, if money isn’t an issue and you feel the need to brew with a stand, go all in like Petraeus.

I’ve always been a fan of Hario’s design and the quality of their products. The new scale and drip stand are no exception, however I do believe they’re priced too high when compared to other quality scales on the market (i.e. Jennings CJ4000). That said, once design is factored into the equation the new Hario scale has little competition and will look better on your counter than most options available.

Shop for the Hario Drip Scale and the Hario Acrylic Stand

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  • Reply Michael Butterworth 11/19/2012 at 9:57 am

    Maybe a bit soon for a Petraeus joke? But seriously great review- I would love to pick one of these guys up but can’t justify the expense right now. It would go well with the growing collection of Hario gear in my kitchen though.

    • Reply bwj 11/19/2012 at 11:26 am

      Too soon? It’s been open season since the news broke.

  • Reply Silas 11/19/2012 at 9:59 am

    Great post. What kind of a cup is shown in the last photo? Where could I find them?

  • Reply Silas 11/19/2012 at 1:41 pm

    Whoops, missed those on your store page. Thank you!

  • Reply Khürt Williams 11/19/2012 at 6:35 pm

    Please help me understand — what is the purpose of the scale? What does it do that a $20 scale does not? I don’t understand the point of a scale made for coffee.

    • Reply bwj 11/19/2012 at 6:42 pm

      The same reason people buy loads of things they don’t need—because they want to. I covered several distinct points in the article about what makes this unique and helpful while brewing coffee. Ultimately it’s a well designed want, not a need. If you don’t understand the point, you probably aren’t the target market.

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