I'd never seen a pocket scale until I was in Panama several years ago buying Gesha coffees, and they whipped one out to measure coffee beans. I was sold, and as soon as I got home I went on the hunt for the perfect one. I've tested out a bunch at this point, and this is my favorite.
First of all, it's accurate, precise, and quick. It weighs up to 1,000 grams, which is plenty when you're on the road making a pourover. It also registers one decimal place, even under one gram - so it's great for weighing loose leaf tea. It has a back-lit screen that's easy to read, even for these old eyes. I like this model because it has a flip-top lid that protects the scale in your bag, but stays attached so you don't lose it. But if your brewing receptacle is too big for the stainless weighing platform or if you're weighing things that tend to wander off, the lid easily snaps off its hinges for use as an expansion tray. No more guessing when you're away from home. This is a cool scale. (It weighs in grams, ounces, troy ounces, pennyweights, carats, and grains, in case you measure your coffee beans by the carat and your water by the troy ounce...)
If you're like me, you use your Comandante grinder every day. It sits there on the counter with the rest of my curated coffee gear. But I also take it when I'm traveling, and that requires a bit of protection....
I first heard of the AeroPress right after it debuted on the market. I thought it looked funny, so I made fun of it and decided to review it on my podcast. This happened on AA Cafe episode #23. The...