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We've always believed that a good coffee scale is one of the best investments you can make in the quality of your coffee, whether you're using a French press or a high-end espresso machine. While we offer coffee scales at a wide array of prices, they're never trivial purchases. Especially under an espresso machine, where boiling hot water is pumped at high pressures, it can be easy to get a little paranoid about your scale, especially when it's sitting on your machine's drip tray. With its eye for barista quality-of-life, Nucleus is here to solve this issue entirely with its latest product: the STEM.
About the Nucleus STEM
The STEM is designed by Nucleus Coffee Tools and, like all Nucleus products, it has the potential to drastically improve your espresso workflow. Specifically, the STEM is designed to allow you to measure your espresso yield while placing your coffee scale beneath your espresso machine's drip tray instead of on top of it. Designed to fit on top of full-size coffee scales, the STEM is an adjustable stand that will hold your espresso cups over the drip tray, just under the group head, allowing you to harness the precision a scale gives you when pulling shots, without the risks or space constraints of having a scale under your cups.
Measuring espresso yields has become a common practice, both for home baristas and at specialty coffee shops. In fact, there are now high-end machines with built-in drip-tray scales, though these tend to cost a small fortune as optional add-ons. The alternative to date has been small form-factor scales but these come with their challenges. They inevitably take up what is already a small space between the drip tray and the portafilter spouts. Even if waterproof, they are still at risk because of all the hot water and steam they come into contact with. Last but not least, they sometimes aren't as easy to use as full-size scales. The STEM eliminates all of these problems.
With its matte black finish, the STEM fits right into any aesthetically-conscious espresso setup. It's built to last, with a premium stainless steel and aluminium alloy construction. The STEM is also convenient and flexible, owing to its simple adjustment mechanism giving access to different heights. In short: the STEM is everything you'd expect from a Nucleus product.
Designed for the professional barista and dedicated home barista alike, the STEM allows you to keep your countertop clean, your scale safe and your extractions precise.
About Nucleus Coffee Tools
Nucleus Coffee Tools was founded by former World Barista Champion, Sasa Sestic. The subject of the film, The Coffee Man, Sestic has continued to make a mark on the world of specialty coffee long after his championship victory. He runs a roastery, ONA Coffee, as well as green coffee distributor, Project Origin. Nucleus is Sestic's newest venture, a business aiming to design cutting-edge tools and accessories to help with making and serving better coffee. The most famous of these is Sestic's distribution tool, the NCD, which has changed the way baristas work around the world.
Nucleus STEM features
- Protects your coffee scale
- Provides more cup clearance than using a scale on the drip tray
- Adjustable height
- Unobtrusive design
- Premium construction
- Matte black finish
- Works with many espresso machine brands
Nucleus STEM specifications
- Height: Adjustable between 9.5 and 13.5cm
- Weight: 515g (+-10g)
- Material: Aluminium alloy and stainless steel