How Much Ground Coffee Should I Use?

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How Much Ground Coffee Should I Use?

The art of making the perfect brew depends on how much coffee you use. Unfortunately, labels rarely bother with instructions, and experts’ recommendations can be very confusing.

So, how much coffee do you use for one cup?

First, let’s talk about cups and mugs, because they’re not the same thing. One cup, for tea or coffee, means 6 fluid ounces. OK? Now, a mug is somewhere between 8 and 9 fluid ounces. Almost half as big as a regular cup, so the quantity of coffee needed will be different.

An experienced barista will advise you to use 0.36 oz of coffee per cup. Wow! And how do I measure your precious 0.36 oz? Don’t panic, we’ll explain that in plain English!

You don’t need precision scales to measure your coffee in the morning or anything like that, because 0.36 oz coffee is the amount that goes into one scoop, like the one your coffee maker came with. Now that’s more like it!

To make it even simpler – one scoop equals two ordinary tablespoons. It’s that easy!

How many grams of coffee are in a tablespoon?

If you’re used to measuring in grams, we have the answer for you. One tablespoon of coffee contains roughly 5 grams of ground coffee. For a cup of your favorite brew, you will need to use 10 grams of coffee, which is two tablespoons.

How much ground coffee do you put in a coffee maker?

The problem is not the coffee maker itself, but how many cups you want to make.

Let’s say you want to know how much coffee you need for your morning cup of coffee. So, just one cup. 

Easy, pour 6 fluid ounces of water in the reservoir of your coffee maker, and one scoop of ground coffee in the filter basket. Or two tablespoons of coffee. 

Got it? 

One cup of your favorite morning brew means 6 fluid ounces of water and one scoop of ground coffee!

Now, if you haven’t had much sleep and need a big mug to help you keep your eyes open you need to put 9 fluid ounces of water and three tablespoons of ground coffee beans in the coffee maker!

Tip #1 You don’t need to bother measuring the water, who wants to do that early in the morning? Just fill your cup or mug with water and pour it in the reservoir of the coffee maker! 

Tip #2 If you prefer stronger coffee, just add a bit more ground coffee. If it’s not strong enough, add a bit more next time, and so on.

How many tablespoons of coffee do you use for 4 cups?

If you want to prepare four cups of coffee you will need exactly 4 scoops of ground beans, or, if you prefer, 8 tablespoons. If you want stronger coffee, you can go for 10 tablespoons and you will get four delicious cups of coffee.

To recap:

  • You should use 1 scoop of coffee or two tablespoons for one cup of brew.
  • Use 1 1/3 scoops or three tablespoons of coffee for a mug of brew
  • There are 5 grams of coffee to a tablespoon.
  • One cup is 6 fl oz of water.
  • One mug is 9 fl oz of water.


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