Best Thermocouples & Data Loggers for Recording Coffee Temperature

As we start our coffee gear testing, we need first class equipment to measure and record the water and coffee temps during the brewing process. Which lab gear is best?

Steven Johnson
by | Posted: December 5, 2013 | Updated: December 5, 2013

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I have started the research to find out what is the ideal lab equipment to capture and record the temperature of the water as it hits the coffee grounds and then what is the temp of the coffee in a thermal carafe and how long will it stay at that temperature.

When I first  started looking around it seemed like a million different pieces of equipment all with non-intuitive, confusing names and model numbers.  As I did more research it all started making more sense, thare are so many varialbles and ways to proceed.

Here is what I think I will need.

1 Probe -- This needs to be small, thin and flexible. It will need to be able to fit into a closed coffee basket and closed thermal carafe.

2. Data Logger -- This is what the probe will plug into and will capture the data, ideally we can record several coffee pots at the same time and hopefully it will have a USB or some type connection to a computer.

3. Data Software -- Once we have the time and temperature captured we will need an easy way to make sense of it all. Ideally the software can capture the data in real time, so we can see the coffee temps as they happen. Also would be great if we can find the average temps from several brew cycles in the same machine.

Anything else you think we might need?

Which equipment companies make the best and most reliable gear?  

All input and suggestions are welcome!

Thanks! -- Steven

Steven Johnson

Steven is a web developer and big coffee enthusiast. He lives in Atlanta, with his wife and two little girls.

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