Hey there -- quick question about the actual weight of coffee we purchase. I've been using a toy "jeweler's scale" (brass, two suspended trays) to measure my coffee; it was an impulse purchase, about $14 while I was evaluating the digital scale I wanted to get (a non-SM scale, about $45 is the leading contender). I haven't weighed out all the coffee from a single bag yet (will be doing that a little later today, 3 x 2 lb bags), but I've been seeing a curious thing... almost without exception, instead of 450 grams or so, most of the time I seem to end up about 20g short. This could easily be the %error in the toy scales I have, or it may be some other factor, like the weight of the plastic bag (plus dust particles etc. that shake out while I'm weighing). I don't have any complaints about the amount of coffee I buy from Tom, just trying to figure out if I can determine a 1/6 (one-sixth) of a "purchased pound" that's consistent. I've been using 75g, which is about the maximum I can roast in my Fresh Roast original, hailed as a "miracle roast" by those in the know (not possible without the variac setup, and continuous rocking). ;0) So, should I start using 72g by weight, or wait until the digital scale arrives? Tod tarnim <Snip> talk for people who can't read" - Frank Zappa << homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Check your scale's calibration by weighting something you know to be say 1 or 2# or kilos-hope your scale is out of calibration-if not I can assure you this is an honest mistake-Tom is one of the good guys. Since Tom puts his green beans in plastic bags-don't see how they could loose that much weight due to moisture loss-let us know what you find.
I bought a digital postal scale from Staples, $20, accurate to single gram or .1 oz All of the 1 and 2lb. bags I get from SM's have been right on, or even slightly over (a couple grams or so). A half dozen beans or so equals 1 gram, I don't think it needs to be more accurate than that. Mike
Tod wrote: <Snip> I don't think I've ever received full weight from Tom, Tod. For a while I thought that maybe it was standard in the coffee industry to include the wait of the container in the coffee. Then I decided that Tom was probably weighing with a big 'ol scale that measured in pounds and ounces, so that a few grams was hard to read on his scale. But then I realized that if that was the problem, the errors should be pretty much a standard distribution around the exactly correct amount, and I've *never* gotten as much as a gram over the correct weight. Overall, though, I think the coffee buying experience with Tom is better than any other, so I put up with the short weights. Oh. And I buy in five- or twenty- pound lots now, so a few grams doesn't make much difference. :-) -- Rick homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Floyd wrote: <Snip> Done that. -- Rick homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
You know, I've never checked the weight on my coffee against my order. Tom sets some great prices and has unsurpassed quality. I know that everyone at Sweet Maria's works for our advantage. If they wanted to fudge the weight to gain financially, all they would need to do is change the price per pound by a couple of cents. It makes no sense to alter the weight of a package when you are the one setting the price for that package. I have a digital scale accurate to a gram but not capable of measuring the 20# bags I buy from Sweet Maria's But I'm confident in the fact that I'm getting MORE than I'm paying for! John - wondering why everything tastes like grapefruit today
It is so close that it never bothered me, either. I only check for old times sake. -- Rick