How Much Coffee Per Cup? How to Measure and Brew the Perfect Pot 

By Escali in Back of House
how to measure and brew coffee

When you want to brew the perfect pot of coffee, it isn’t easy to know how much coffee per cup you should use. Great coffee requires a particular coffee grounds to water ratio. Here is our complete guide on how to take the correct coffee measurements every time.

  • How Many Cups to Brew?
  • How Much Coffee Per Cup?
  • How Much Coffee to Water?
  • Are You Starting with Whole Beans?
  • Cup, Pot, or Specialty Machine?

Avoid the mess of measuring; weigh fluid ounces and grams mess-free with an Escali digital food scale or find other coffee-making tools.

steaming cup of coffee in a hand

How to Measure and Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee 

Since you measure coffee in grams and water in fluid ounces, estimating how much of each you need per cup can get complicated. A great food scale eliminates the guesswork. No matter how you brew your coffee, the ratio of coffee to water matters. Whether you need one cup or ten cups of coffee, a food scale will help you determine how many scoops of coffee per cup you need every time.

Size of the Crowd: How Many Cups to Brew?

Whether you’re brewing coffee for yourself or a group, you want your coffee to last. Accurate brewing matters, and it’s essential to get it right, whether you’re making one personal cup or enough for the whole office. It’s crucial to note that coffee pot measurements might not reflect actual coffee cup measurements.

  • 1 person: 2 cups or ⅙ pot
  • 2 people: 4 cups or ⅓ pot
  • 4 people: 8 cups or ⅔ pot
  • 6 people: 12 cups or one pot

A standard US cup has eight fluid ounces, but a standard cup of coffee has six fluid ounces. Your coffee pot is designed for coffee, so the ounces in a pot of coffee are based on coffee cups.

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “what do the numbers on a coffee pot mean?”, it’s showing you the fluid ounces in the pot. It’s important to know how many fluid ounces are in your coffee pot before measuring out the number of scoops you will need.

pouring coffee from a carafe into a cup

Coffee to Water Ratio: How Much Coffee to Water?

Good coffee isn’t too watery or too heavy. Finding the correct drip coffee ratio involves measuring the right number of coffee beans per cup of water. First, decide how many cups of coffee you need. Then, you’ll need to measure how much coffee and how much water it will take.

Coffee and water measurements use grams, tablespoons, scoops, fluid ounces, or cups.

  • One coffee scoop equals 2 tablespoons or roughly 10 grams.
  • Each tablespoon of coffee weighs around 5 grams.
  • There are 6 fluid ounces in a standard cup of coffee – and 8 fluid ounces in a US cup.

With all these different measuring units, a food scale is a key to making the process much easier.

How Much Coffee Per Cup?

Now, you need to know how much water and coffee per cup you will need. This will depend on how much coffee and how many ounces of coffee per cup you want to make. Below we will outline the measurements for standard six-ounce cups of coffee.

    • How much coffee for one cup: 10 grams + 6 fl oz. water
    • How much coffee for 2 cups: 20 grams + 12 fl oz. water
    • How much coffee for 4 cups: 40 grams + 24 fl oz. water
    • How much coffee for 6 cups: 60 grams + 36 fl oz. water
    • How much coffee for 8 cups: 80 grams + 48 fl oz. water
    • How much coffee for 10 cups: 100 grams + 60 fl oz. water
    • How much coffee for 12 cups: 120 grams + 72 fl oz. water

Size of the Grind: Are You Starting with Whole Beans?

Preground coffee is different from whole coffee beans.

ground coffee and full beans in espresso presses

How many coffee beans per cup of coffee will you need? If you are starting with whole beans, you need to know how much coffee to grind per cup. Most important to note is how finely you grind the coffee because it will affect the method and temperature at which you should brew it. This is when beverage thermometers become a hero.

  • Finely ground coffee beans: Best for Espresso. Brew between 190- and 195-degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Medium ground coffee beans: Best for drip coffee pots. Brew between 195- and 205-degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Coarsely ground coffee beans: Best for French Press. Brew just under boiling temperature.

Deciding how much coffee to grind per cup? Knowing how many coffee beans to grind per cup will make your measurements simpler. First off, there should be about 10 grams of coffee beans per cup of coffee.

Measuring in ounces? Then how many ounces of coffee beans per cup will you need? Ten grams is equal to just over ⅓ ounce. So, one ounce of whole coffee beans would make 3 strong cups of coffee.

How to Measure Coffee Beans and Grounds Accurately

If you’re someone who stumbles into the kitchen and estimates coffee measurements through bleary eyes, you might not be getting the best coffee measurements every day. The best way to measure coffee beans and grounds accurately is to use a high-quality food scale. If you prefer a scoop or a tablespoon, though, make sure the ones you choose are as accurate as possible.

  • By the scoop: A coffee scoop should hold exactly 2 tablespoons. Make sure your scoop is accurate by measuring it against a kitchen tablespoon.
  • By the tablespoon: Use a kitchen measuring spoon to measure coffee, not a spoon from your silverware drawer.
  • By the gram: Measure coffee by the gram using an accurate food scale.

Q: 1 cup of coffee beans equals how much ground?

A: Whole coffee beans are a near 1:1 ratio to ground coffee beans, meaning one cup of whole coffee beans will equal about one cup of ground coffee beans.

Q: How much does a tablespoon of coffee weigh? 

A: There are about 5 grams of coffee in a tablespoon.

Method of Making: Cup, Pot, or Specialty Machine? 

There are many ways to make coffee. And, every coffee lover has their own personal favorite coffee-making device. But different brewing methods suit different types of coffee better, so take a look at the options below.

coffee beans on a metal spoon

Espresso Machine: Most people prefer a double shot of espresso, which equals 2 fluid ounces of espresso. Espresso should have about 1 gram of finely ground coffee for every 2 grams of water or a 1:2 ratio.

Water quality is extremely important for good espresso. The pros of espresso include its robust flavor and highly concentrated caffeine content. However, one drawback of espresso is how easy it is to mess up.

French Press (Cafetiere): French Press coffee is another specialty coffee method that many love. The coffee-to-water ratio for a French Press is about 1:12. This means you will be using 1 gram of coarse, evenly ground coffee for every 12 grams of water.

To make a full 17-oz press, you’ll need about 350 grams of grounds and 12 fluid ounces of water. French Presses are easy to use and clean, but different factors can drastically change the taste of the final coffee product.

Drip Coffee Pot: Drip coffee pots are popular in homes and offices everywhere. They make brewing multiple cups of coffee easy. Measure two tablespoons (10 grams) of medium ground coffee grounds per 6 fluid ounces of water for each desired cup of coffee. Drip coffee pots are inexpensive and easy to use, but you have less control over the outcome.

Percolator: A percolator is like a stove-top kettle with separate chambers for both the coffee grounds and water. Heat forces water to travel through the coffee chamber and drip back down. Percolators require light or smooth roast coffee that is coarsely ground.

Typical percolators will make about 4 – 8 cups. For a strong cup of coffee, use one tablespoon of grounds and 6 fluid ounces of water. Percolators create strong, delicious coffee aromas, but it is easy to over brew coffee using this method.

Cold-Brew: Cold-brew is unique in that it doesn’t require heat. For regular cold-brew, use a 1:8 coarse ground coffee to water ratio. It will need to brew (or steep) at room temperature for about one day. You can also make a strong cold-brew concentrate by changing the ratio to 1:2 or 1:4. Cold brew has high caffeine content and should be consumed with care. The cold-brew concentrate can have adverse effects on certain people.

Pour-Over (V60, Chemex): Pour-over coffee is a simple concept that requires a brew basket, coffee filter, medium ground coffee, and hot water. A good strong coffee-to-water ratio for pour-over coffee is 1:18for every gram of coffee, use 18 grams of water.

While pour-over coffee requires an initial filter rinse and precision timing, it is still easy to master. Additionally, the coffee tastes great. However, it does take longer to brew multiple cups using this method.

measuring water into a pour over coffee pot

Get Coffee Measurements Right Every Time with an Escali Kitchen Scale

You never have to settle for a mediocre cup of coffee again. Whether you enjoy your coffee at home, on the go, or at the office, it should always meet your standards. No matter what your preferred brewing style looks like, you can measure the perfect amount of coffee and water every time with an Escali food scale.

Explore Escali’s wide range of coffee-making tools and give your morning brew a boost.

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