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How Much Coffee per Cup?

Having trouble getting your coffee to water ratio right?

Does it feel like a chore every time you want to brew coffee just because you can’t figure out a consistent way to calculate how much coffee you need to use?

Don’t worry, as this is perfectly normal!

We have all been through the horrors of miscalculating coffee amounts at some point, but fortunately, the solution is easier than you think it is.

We’ll go through how much coffee you should be using per cup (or pot) in great detail so that you never have to worry again.

Grams of Coffee per Cup

Let’s start with the basics.

We recommend 10 grams of ground coffee for every 175ml (6 oz) of water, and you can go down all the way to 5 grams if you prefer lighter coffee.

This ratio is also known as the “golden ratio” in the coffee world, which is considered to be between 1:17 to 1:18, meaning that you should be using 1 gram of ground coffee for 10 grams of water.

It’s important to note that while a standard US cup is 8 ounces, a coffee cup usually means 6 ounces, which is why we calculated the required amount of coffee for 6 ounces of water. 

For the rest of this article, we’ll be referring to 6 ounces of water when we say “cup”.

Tablespoons of Coffee per Cup

To make things easier, let’s convert our previous math to tablespoons.

A tablespoon of ground coffee is roughly 5g, which means that you should be using between 1 to 2 tablespoons per cup, depending on your preferences. 

Using 2 tablespoons would provide you the golden ratio we have talked about earlier.

Teaspoons or Scoops of Coffee per Cup

For those who are looking to use a teaspoon or a coffee scoop, we can also convert the measurements quickly.

A tablespoon contains 3 teaspoons, and a regular coffee scoop contains 2 tablespoons.

So, for a cup of coffee, the measurement would be between 3 to 6 teaspoons, or between half to a full coffee scoop.

It’s important to fill your spoon with a reasonable amount of coffee grounds, as overfilling or underfilling it would throw the measurements off. This is the main problem when it comes to taking measurements with spoons, as there is no consistent way of filling a spoon with the same amount of ground coffee every single time.

To ensure a certain level of consistency, try to add slightly more coffee grounds than the amount which would completely level the spoon. This method will help you obtain the amount of ground coffee that a spoon is assumed to contain.

If you’re looking to be more consistent with your brewing, investing in a digital scale would be extremely helpful.

Scaling It Up

With the basic math done, we can now scale these numbers up to ensure consistency no matter how many cups of coffee we want to brew.

To achieve this, simply multiply the amount of ground coffee you need with the number of cups you’re looking to brew.

As an example, let’s assume that we are looking to brew 12 cups of coffee, using the standard amount of 10g per cup. 

12 cups * 10g = 120g

120g / 10g (1 scoop) = 12 scoops of coffee (72 teaspoons or 24 tablespoons)

As you can see, the math is very simple and could be applied to any number of cups.

Table of Measurements

Here are some commonly used measurements for those who are looking to get a quick answer.

These measurements are made by using the golden ratio.

Scoops

How many scoops of coffee for 2 cups?

12 oz of water, and 2 scoops of coffee grounds.

How many scoops of coffee for 4 cups?

24 oz of water, and 4 scoops of coffee grounds.

How many scoops of coffee for 6 cups?

36 oz of water, and 6 scoops of coffee grounds.

How many scoops of coffee for 8 cups?

48 oz of water, and 8 scoops of coffee grounds.

Tablespoons

How many tablespoons of coffee for 2 cups?

12 oz of water, and 4 tablespoons of coffee grounds.

How many tablespoons of coffee for 4 cups?

24 oz of water, and 8 tablespoons of coffee grounds.

How many tablespoons of coffee for 6 cups?

36 oz of water, and 12 tablespoons of coffee grounds.

How many tablespoons of coffee for 8 cups?

48 oz of water, and 16 tablespoons of coffee grounds.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Do I need a scale to measure coffee?

No.

You can measure your coffee with a spoon or a coffee scoop if you really have to, and we tried to provide the best ways you can accomplish it in this article.

That being said, having a scale has a huge impact on how your coffee will taste as the amount of ground coffee used to brew a cup of coffee is very minimal, which makes it very prone to error. A few grams of difference may not seem like much, but it will completely change your coffee.

For this reason, we absolutely recommend using a scale as it will help you to get the measurements right, and ensure consistency between different cups of coffee. It’s easy to find a digital scale for a reasonable price nowadays, and it will definitely take your coffee game to the next level.

Conclusion

We believe that once you stick to the formula and get used to it, it’ll be extremely easy to get the measurements right every single time. 

When you get to a point where you can consistently prepare a satisfying brew, there is always room for experimentation to further optimize your coffee to your tastes. After all, brewing coffee is something we do for pleasure, and it should not feel like a chore.

We hope that we have been of some help in solving your coffee measurement troubles, and wish you a wonderful day!