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How Much Coffee per Cup

By May 6, 2021No Comments

If you’re wondering about the amount of ground coffee to use per cup when making coffee, then you’ve landed on the right article. This article discusses the right proportions of coffee and water when making coffee. Whether you’re using a scale, scoops, or tablespoons to measure coffee, this article will guide you on the right amount of coffee per cup.

To start with, don’t be fooled by a new coffee brewing trend. Making tasty coffee doesn’t really need you to have a scale. It’s something you can easily do.

Everyone desires to have a stress-free and simple morning routine. While measuring coffee with a scale gives you precise proportions, it’s still okay to use tablespoons or scoops to measure the amount of coffee you prefer.

Here’re the best proportions when for making tasty coffee regardless of the coffee maker you’re using.

Grams of Ground Coffee for Every Cup

The recommended ratio for mixing coffee and water when making a standard cup of coffee is mixing coffee and water in the ratio of 55g coffee to 1 liter of water. For US cups, this is an equivalent of 14g coffee for 8 ounces water.

Tablespoons of Coffee for Every Cup

The general ratio of mixing coffee and water when measuring with a tablespoon is to use 2 tablespoons coffee for 8 ounces water. It’s the preferred ratio for use with pour-over, French press, and drip coffee brewing methods, especially for anyone who wants a strong but tasty cup of hot coffee.

However, the ultimate taste is your personal choice. You can vary the ratio depending on how you prefer your coffee. If you dislike strong coffee, you can add 1 or ½ tablespoon of coffee for every cup.

It’ll also help to know the number of cups that a pot makes. A standard coffee cup measures about 5 ounces whereas a US cup measures 8 ounces. Thus, a pot that’s equivalent to 12 cups will make 60 ounces coffee or about 7 standard US cups.

Here’re the standard ratios for mixing coffee and water:

  1. Measuring coffee in tablespoons for a drip coffee:
  • Coffee for making 4 cups: 5 tablespoons coffee & 20 ounces water
  • Coffee for making 6 cups: 7 ½ tablespoons coffee & 30 ounces water
  • Coffee for making 8 cups: 10 tablespoons coffee & 40 ounces water
  • Coffee for making 10 cups: 12 ½ tablespoons coffee & 50 ounces water
  • Coffee for making 12 cups: 15 tablespoons coffee & 60 ounces water
  1. Measuring in cups of 8 ounces:
  • 1 cup: 2 tablespoons coffee & 8 ounces water
  • 2 cups: 4 tablespoons coffee & 16 ounces water
  • 3 cups: 6 tablespoons coffee & 24 ounces water
  • 4 cups: 8 tablespoons coffee & 32 ounces water
  • 5 cups: 10 tablespoons coffee & 40 ounces water
  1. Measuring in cups of 10 ounces:
  • 1 cup: 2 ½ tablespoons coffee & 10 ounces water
  • 2 cups: 5 tablespoons coffee & 20 ounces water
  • 3 cups: 7 ½ tablespoons coffee & 30 ounces water
  • 4 cups: 10 tablespoons coffee & 40 ounces water
  • 5 cups: 12 ½ tablespoons coffee & 50 ounces water
  1. Measuring in cups of 12 ounces:
  • 1 cup: 3 tablespoons coffee & 12 ounces water
  • 2 cups: 6 tablespoons coffee & 24 ounces water
  • 3 cups: 9 tablespoons coffee & 36 ounces water
  • 4 cups: 13 tablespoons coffee & 48 ounces water
  1. Measuring in scoops per cup:

A scoop of coffee is equivalent to 2 coffee tablespoons. In case you’re measuring coffee in scoops, add 1 coffee scoop to an 8 ounces cup. This translates to:

  • 4 cups: 2 ½ scoops & 20 ounces water
  • 6 cups: 3 ½ scoops coffee & 30 ounces water
  • 8 cups: 5 scoops coffee & 40 ounces water
  • 12 cups: 7 ½ scoops coffee & 60 ounces water

Hopefully, this guide will assist you to make the best coffee brews. Regardless, the best ratio is the one that gives you the kind of coffee taste you like most.