The Acaia scale is one of the most ubiquitous tools you'll find on a coffee bar today. For the uninitiated, here's a quick introduction of the key differences between the different Acaia models.
The Acaia Pearl is designed for home and shop manual brewing, i.e. for making great pour overs! It can weigh up to a tenth of a gram and includes handy functions like timer mode, auto start timer and so on.
The new Acaia Pearl 2021 also features several functional improvements. We are most excited about the new real-time flow rate indicator, which helps you to visualise how fast your pour is progressing, and realise your desired extraction rate more easily.
Other than that, the weighing technology is improved to be faster and more stable. The scale now also has an adjustable brightness function so it is more readable in a range of lighting conditions.
The Acaia Lunar is designed for preparing espresso on the drip tray of an espresso machine. So, the most obvious difference from the Acaia Pearl would be its relatively compact size! But of course, the difference doesn't stop there. The Acaia Lunar's functions are optimised to withstand the environment of a commercial espresso machine. The anodized aluminum platform of the scale is sealed against liquid entry, and the electronics within have a protective spray coating to shield against moisture.
It also has an ultra-fast response time and high accuracy that is valuable in weighing shots. You could weight up to 0.01g accuracy, which can capture even weight changes resulting from evaporation.
Are you an Acaia scale user? Or are you considering to get either the Acaia Pearl or Acaia Lunar? Share with us your experiences through our Facebook page or IG @smittencoffeeroasters!