Admetior Digital Spoon Scale
Do many of you use scales to measure your leaves when making tea? I don’t, but came across this spoon scale while shopping for other terribly nerdy things on ThinkGeek: http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/a7b1/
This would be epically handy for my baking, but I thought it could also be useful for measuring tea – more useful than the regular digital scales you tend to see around anyway. Thoughts?
This looks great! I’d be tempted to order one if I hadn’t just bought this My Weigh pocket scale:
Bad Miss Sweet! LOL just kidding. It’s just that… well… Now I want this! lol! Seriously though, I have a flat digital pocket scale that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE and strongly suggest for any tea drinker who doesn’t just “pour and dump”. I think this would be good for companies (like Den’s Tea) that list " ___g or ___tsp" for their steeping parameters. I’ve always wondered if, say, 1tsp really does equal 2g of x tea for example. My only concern that is preventing me from buying this immediately is the accuracy. It only measures to the .1g and my current scale does .01- and I wouldn’t suggest going any less sensitive. There’s a lot of tea that can fit in .1g.
Oh and it would be easier to pack when you go on vacation which is nice, since I ALWAYS take my tea stuff w/ me:)
Haha I’ve always wondered about the 2g = 1 tsp thing. With teas I’m familiar with I can eyeball it, but a more accuracy would be great for first time around cupping (where I prefer to stick to the given brewing parameters).
Just curious, what teas do you brew that need accuracy to .01g? I’ve only ever seen teas with parameters given to a .1g.
Doing a quick google for “digital spoon scale .01g” turned up a few (mostly drug related) hits. I won’t link them here, but the product does exist to that accuracy!
It’s not so much that the weight parameter is listed in .01, but it’s measuring the needed weight that I like the extra sensitivity. For example: 3g on your may be 2.45g on my scale- and I want to get as exact as possible. That being said, a lot of teas say 3g/8oz water and since I make 6oz cups for a lot of my teas that would be 2.25g/6oz. Upton Tea Imports is a company that lists this leaf/water ratio for nearly all of their teas… even ones that it’s incorrect for like Japanese greens and pu erhs- but that’s another story:) I have seen scales that are .05g sensitivity (UTI sells one actually), but it is my own personal opinion that if I’m gonna be so extremely anal about measuring my tea I don’t want to do a 1/2 @$$ job.
I looked all over before buying mine and didn’t find one- but now I want this!:)
Miss Sweet, if you aren’t comfortable sharing the .01g spoon scale link here, could you please PM me it. I wonder if there’s a .001g one… yes, I know. I have a problem lol.
Oh wow, thanks for the info! I’m new to the world of weighing tea, but it would make sense to do it properly. I wonder why a tea company hasn’t jumped on the opportunity to stock something like this?
PM’d you the link :)
Even if a person does weigh their tea, but just uses a measuring spoon it can be a MAJOR P.I.T.B. depending on what kind of tea you drink. A black tea lover (which I am not) may have no problem, but it’s extremely irritating for a white tea lover to cram large, voluminous, delicate leaves in a spoon. I’ve found 2.25g of white tea can be upwards of 1TB. I actually think that’s one reason non white tea lovers don’t love white tea- the already delicate flavor is not just delicate, but weak due to not enough leaf being used.
I have noticed in all the white teas I’ve been able to try (which is more limited than what a US tea drinker can get their hands on, but still) the brewing instructions on the packet will still say to use one teaspoon. To me its just common sense looking at the size of the leaves and realising a metric teaspoon of these won’t be the same as a metric teaspoon of black tea, but I wonder if you’re onto something about the white tea haters. After all, you still get a lot of people disliking green tea because they’ve been brewing it incorrectly.
that is SOOOO neat! thanks for pointing it out
I want…and the accept Paypal…awesome. Now hunting for a gift for hubby so another tea gadget doesn’t look so bad :)
It’s sold for $19.99 on amazon.com. And one of the products you can buy w/ it to save money on all 3 is a Sorapot!:)
LOL I’m enjoying how unhelpful this thread is becoming, its definitely testing my willpower to keep my money in the bank!
On the contrary it’s EXTREMELY helpful! If you wouldn’t have started it, I would have never known such a thing existed!:)