Bean Counter Shootout

Recommendations for buyers and upgraders from the site's members.
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BaristaBoy E61

#1: Post by BaristaBoy E61 »

I hate the drudgery of blending single doses myself at home and am wondering if anyone has experience or thoughts about using a bean counter to reduce the time, effort and boredom of this tedious task.

I'd love to hear your comments and thoughts as to whether a bean counter would actually save time and which one might be the pick of the litter and why.

TNX
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JB90068
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#2: Post by JB90068 »

I'm with you and know your pain. At this point, I would lean towards the Acaia Orion Mini.
Old baristas never die. They just become over extracted.

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#3: Post by Ad-85 »

I have the Acaia Orion and use it with WW commercial tubes (you need at least 2 funnels tho, I have 3). It really saves time
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BaristaBoy E61 (original poster)

#4: Post by BaristaBoy E61 (original poster) » replying to Ad-85 »

Is there a reason that you chose this bean counter over the Weber? By what percentage or factor would you say that it saves time?

Would you buy it again?

TNX
"You didn't buy an Espresso Machine - You bought a Chemistry Set!"

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#5: Post by Ad-85 » replying to BaristaBoy E61 »

1- Orion's hopper holds more beans
2- WW's tubes with funnels on top fit below the Orion
3- saves time when you're filling the single dosing tubes this way instead of manually filling them

Would I buy it again? Yes if it was cheaper. I think it's overpriced for what it does/ when in use.
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JB90068
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#6: Post by JB90068 » replying to Ad-85 »

How accurate is it? I've heard it can be off by .4g per dose?
Old baristas never die. They just become over extracted.

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#7: Post by tompoland »

This is what I do. It is as accurate as the Orion's that I had but a whole lot faster. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiEBU36bHOY

Most counters will be out by up to 0.3 grams but remember this is not a ground coffee weight, we are weighing whole beans so it's impossible to weigh to a whole gram unless your beans are somehow miraculously all of a uniform weight that divides neatly into a round number :D

Pouches are then vacuum sealed. Discarded plastic pouches are recycled via the local supermarket.
Some people drink coffee to wake up, I wake up to drink coffee.

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#8: Post by Ad-85 »

JB90068 wrote:How accurate is it? I've heard it can be off by .4g per dose?
You are right. It's not accurate but I fill the tubes to the top anyways (helps keeping them fresh)
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BaristaBoy E61 (original poster)

#9: Post by BaristaBoy E61 (original poster) »

+ or - .4g?
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tompoland

#10: Post by tompoland »

Can be either. Refer my post above: we are talking about whole beans, not ground beans so a +/- is inevitable.
Some people drink coffee to wake up, I wake up to drink coffee.