When you go to a coffee shop, you know that your latte or espresso will be served up with a delicious creaminess. Heck, even your classic drip coffee somehow seems to taste magically better than your homebrew coffee! Just by knowing how to properly measure your coffee, you can make sure that you whip up a delicious brew that you love. If you’re ready to learn how many ounces in a cup and how many ml in a teaspoon so that you can make the perfect cup of coffee, keep reading. This guide breaks down everything coffee drinkers should know about measurements.
Why Measuring Coffee Matters
If you’re the type of person that simply grabs a scoop of coffee grounds and throws them into your brewer, you’re not the only one. After all, can’t you just eyeball your coffee measurements? The truth is that measuring coffee is a science. The amount of water and coffee you use to make a brew has to be consistent and precise in order to get delicious results.
When you start to measure coffee, however, you’ll immediately be faced with a problem: coffee is measured by weight, but your cup is typically measured by volume.
When you don’t measure the coffee used to brew your cup of Joe by weight, you start to throw off your measurements. The reason for that is because the density of coffee can vary, meaning that one tablespoon of a dense coffee is heavier than a tablespoon of a light coffee. To keep your coffee tasting the same, you should weigh your coffee grounds rather than measure them by tablespoons. That way you can ensure that you’re keeping consistent measurements no matter what density your coffee holds.
The Coffee to Water Ratio
Coffee measurement isn’t just about mass vs. volume; it’s also about the ratio of water to coffee that you use to create a good brew. Getting the coffee-to-water ratio is critical to creating a good cup of coffee. They define how weak or strong the final product will taste, as well as how much flavor you’ll find in the coffee. One thing to keep in mind is that your coffee-to-water ratio will change depending on the type of brewing method you use, the brewing time, the size of the coffee grind, and your personal preferences.
The Golden Ratio
Even though the coffee-to-water ratio does vary, there is still a general ratio that can be used to help you get the perfect coffee measurement. This ratio is known as the Golden Ratio and is a ratio that the Specialty Coffee Association created to make it easier for baristas to determine the correct brew ratio. The Golden Ratio for coffee is a number that makes it easy for you to determine how many grams of coffee you should use compared to how many grams of water. The ratio is 1:18, meaning that you should have 18 grams of water for every 1 gram of coffee you’re brewing.
Now, you should note that the ratio doesn’t tell you the exact amount of grinds to use. It simply gives you a comparison of how much coffee vs. how much water you should use. In other words, it gives you a starting point for your coffee measurements.
Conversions for Measuring Coffee
Now, we’ve taken a look at a few different coffee measurements, it’s time to get down to the specifics. Knowing the specifics of coffee conversions will make it easier for you to figure out the right measurements for your homebrew. Remember, you’ll need to keep in mind that weight and volume are not the same. People store coffee in bags measured by weight, which is different from the tablespoons and cups they’ll often use when they’re preparing their coffee.
A Few Basic Weight and Measurement Conversions
For one, you should note that:
- 1 cup is equal to 8 ounces, 227 grams, or 16 tablespoons
- 1 tablespoon is equal to 5 grams, 1/16 of a cup, or 0.5 ounces
- 1 scoop is equal to 2 tablespoons, 10 grams, 2/16 of a cup, or 1 ounce
Knowing these measurements will help make it easy for you to adjust your coffee recipes up and down depending on how much coffee you’re brewing and what brew method you’re using. In order to make use of these measurements, you’ll need to invest in a scale. Having a scale makes it easy for you to work out your coffee-to-water ratio and make coffee conversions.
How Many Grams Of Coffee Per Cup?
Now that we’ve got the coffee-to-water ratio and some common conversions out of the way, let’s take a look at a few more specific measurements when it comes to brewing your coffee. For the rest of this article, we’ll focus on drip coffee, since this is the most common method of brewing coffee.
To brew a cup of drip coffee, you’ll generally need to use 14 grams of coffee for every 8 ounces of water you’re using. If you want to make a slightly stronger cup of coffee, you can increase the amount of coffee to 16 grams. Remember, your coffee cup may not be exactly 8 ounces. While the standard size of a coffee cup is 8 ounces, there are some mugs that come in larger sizes. Checking the volume of your cup will help you determine how big the cup of coffee you use should be.
How Many Tablespoons Per Cup?
While you can certainly bust out the scale to weigh your coffee, that’s not how most of us measure our morning brew. Most of us measure our coffee using scoops or tablespoons. If you’re in this boat, you’ll need to remember the conversion from above. One flat, leveled tablespoon is equal to 5 grams of coffee. Since we’re using 14 grams of coffee for an eight-ounce cup, we should aim to put about 2.75 tablespoons into our brewer.
However, it’s important to note that the amount of coffee that fits in a tablespoon can change depending on how dense the coffee is. That means your tablespoon, which normally holds 5 grams of coffee, could hold as much as 9 grams of coffee!
On top of that, coarsely ground coffee will be much less dense than finely ground coffee. As a result, you can wind up with coffee measurements that are way off if you’re using a tablespoon. You should also keep in mind that this method will take a long time for you to measure out if you’re making multiple cups of coffee. That’s why coffee scoops were invented – to save brewers time measuring out tablespoons upon tablespoons of coffee.
How Many Ounces in a Cup of Coffee?
Now that we’ve talked about tablespoons, let’s move on to talking about coffee scoops. Coffee scoops are designed to hold two tablespoons of coffee or around 10 grams of coffee. If you’re going to brew coffee using a coffee scoop, make sure to level the scoop off. This is important because it helps keep your coffee’s flavor consistent. To make one cup of coffee in your drip coffee pot, you’ll need 14 grams of coffee, just like we mentioned earlier. With a coffee scoop, that amounts to 1.5 scoops. Some coffee scoops are labeled in ounces. One coffee scoop is equal to 1 ounce. In a single cup of coffee, you’ll be using about 1.5 ounces of grounds, or 1.5 scoops.
How Many Ounces of Coffee for 8 Cups?
You’re not always brewing coffee just for yourself. Or, sometimes you are, but you want to drink multiple cups of coffee! The good news is that once you know how to brew one cup of coffee, it becomes easier to increase the size of your recipe. Remember that for one cup of coffee you need 8 ounces of water. To make eight cups of coffee, you’ll need 64 ounces of water.
It’s also important to remember that for each cup of coffee, you need 14 grams of grinds. To make eight cups of coffee, you’ll need to have 112 grams of coffee on hand. With the math out of the way, it’s time to work out how many tablespoons, scoops, or cups you’ll need. If you’re using tablespoons, just divide the total number of coffee grounds by five. In this case, you’ll divide 112 grams by 5 grams to come up with 22 tablespoons.
You can repeat the math by using the conversion chart earlier to work out how many scoops and cups you’ll need. For a coffee scoop method, you’ll need 11 scoops and for cups, you’ll need 1 cup and 3 scoops of coffee.
A Strong Cup of Coffee Should Have 16 Grams of Grounds
For anyone who enjoys a strong brew of coffee, you’ll need to tweak the recipe a bit. Remember that a strong cup of coffee should have about 16 grams of grounds in it. So, for eight cups of coffee, you’ll need 125 grams of coffee. Just remember that even though we increase the number of coffee grounds, we don’t increase the amount of water. You’ll still use 64 ounces of water to brew up those 125 grams of coffee. To measure 125 grams, you’ll need 25 tablespoons or 12.5 scoops of coffee. If you prefer to use a measuring cup, add 1 measuring cup and 4.5 scoops of coffee to your filter basket.
How Many Ounces of Coffee for 10 Cups?
Many coffee pots can brew up to 10 cups of coffee at a time. If you’re wanting to measure out the coffee grounds for a 10 mug pot of coffee, you’ll need to tweak your recipe a little bit. Remember, one serving of coffee requires 14 grams of grounds. To figure out how many grams we need in a 10-cup pot, we just have to multiply 14 by 10 to come up with 140 grams of grounds.
As for the water, you’ll need 80 ounces of water in your machine. You can generally measure this out simply by filling up your brewer’s coffee pot and pouring the water into the machine. To measure your 140 grams of coffee, you can either use a scale for precise measurements or you can use 14 scoops of coffee, or 28 tablespoons. To make things easier, you can also use 1.75 cups of coffee.
Do you like a strong brew of coffee? If you want to increase the strength of your brew, you’ll just need to step up the number of coffee grounds to 156 grams. 156 grams is equal to 15 scoops, 31 tablespoons, or 2 cups of coffee.
How Many Ounces of Coffee for 12 Cups?
Sometimes, you’ll want to brew up large batches of coffee. Perhaps you’re hosting a brunch or perhaps you’re filling up the thermos for the office coffee run. Either way, you’ll need to know how much coffee to use to make 12 cups of drip coffee. These measurements are a little bit different from measuring smaller amounts of coffee.
For 12 mugs of coffee, you’ll need to use 96 ounces of water. Then, place a coffee filter into the basket and add 166 grams of coffee. In case you don’t have a scale on hand, 166 grams of coffee is equal to 33 tablespoons or 16 scoops of ground coffee. If you have a cup on hand, you’ll place 2 measuring cups of coffee grounds into the filter basket.
If you’re brewing coffee for a group that likes strong coffee, you’ll need to measure 188 grams of coffee for 96 ounces of water. That’s 2.3 cups, 19 scoops, or 37 tablespoons of coffee grounds.
Make the Perfect Batch of Coffee
This handy guide makes it easy for you to whip up delicious batches of coffee. Now that you know how many ounces in a cup of coffee you should be using, you’ll have no problem making the perfect drink.