1. Select brew type:
2. How many Servings?
Amount of Water needed:
Amount of Coffee needed:
How to brew:
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A huge part of making great coffee is knowing how much coffee per cup that you need. That, along with grind size, water temperature, and brew time are what make a good cup of coffee.
How much coffee per cup?
So how much coffee do you really need per cup? The answer is just shy of 2 tablespoons for every six ounces of water, or 10 grams.
For really perfect coffee, ditch the tablespoon and measure using grams instead.
There is a little bit of flexibility here. You can use 1 tablespoon, 2 tablespoons, or anything in between. You can also use between 6 to 8 ounces of water.
The general consensus is that 6 ounces is a standard cup of coffee.
This ratio is applicable for drip, pour over, and french press coffee.
Here’s a quick cheat sheet in case you’re making coffee for a lot of people:
How much coffee for 1 cup(6 ounces)?
For 1 cup of coffee, you need 2 tablespoons or 10 grams of coffee
How much coffee for 2 cups(12 ounces)?
For 2 cups of coffee, you need 4 tablespoons or 20 grams of coffee
How much coffee for 4 cups(24 ounces)?
For 4 cups of coffee, you need 8 tablespoons or 40 grams of coffee
How much coffee for 6 cups(36 ounces)?
For 6 cups of coffee, you need 12 tablespoons or 60 grams of coffee
How much coffee for 8 cups(48 ounces)?
For 8 cups of coffee, you need 16 tablespoons or 80 grams of coffee
How much coffee for 10 cups(60 ounces)?
For 10 cups of coffee, you need 20 tablespoons or 100 grams of coffee
How to brew and measure coffee the right way
Want to brew the perfect cup of coffee? Moka pot, espresso, pour over, french press, cappuccino, latte, or macchiato, we’ve got you covered.
Just use the little app above to select your brewing method, select your required servings, and see the exact coffee to water ratio, , how the grind should be, and how long to brew it for. You can also use the timer below to help!
Remember to use freshly roasted beans and grind right before brewing.
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An overview of coffee brewing methods
Coffee is such a universal and versatile drink that there are really plenty of ways to brew coffee, but a few elements will always remain the same.
You can consider these the laws of coffee brewing:
- Use freshly roasted beans. I can’t repeat this enough times. Once you’ve tasted coffee made from freshly roasted beans, you’ll never be able to drink pre-packaged supermarket coffee again.
- Grind freshly roasted beans just before brewing. Grinding just before brewing ensures that most of the flavors remain trapped in the coffee bean, only exposing them just before you brew. Once you grind coffee beans, they lose most of their flavor in a very short time. Use an automatic or manual burr grinder.
- Use the correct water temperature. If your water is too hot, you risk burning your coffee. If it’s too cold, you won’t get enough flavor extraction. You need to brew at the perfect temperature – which is around 90 degrees C.
Playing around with the ratio
The ratio I’ve given above is not set in stone, of course, so you are more than free to play with the amount of coffee to adjust the strength.
The best way to tune your cup of coffee is to keep everything constant and change one variable at a time.
For example, if you make drip coffee but wish to change the flavor a little, keep the brewing method the same, keep the coffee brand and roast the same, keep the grind the same, and just add a few more grams of coffee.
Try using a slightly darker roast for a richer flavor.
If you want a lighter coffee, you can use a few grams less, or use a lighter roast.
The important thing with coffee is measurement! Measure, measure, measure, and you’ll get consistent results every time.
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Once you’ve played around a little and gotten a ratio and recipe that you really like, you may find that you enjoy your coffee straight black instead of with milk and sugar.
How much coffee for cold brew
For cold brew, the ratio changes quite significantly. Because you’re now brewing with cold water instead of hot water, the molecules are moving much more slowly and they need a lot more coffee to interact with in order to extract the flavor.
There are a wide variety of tastes and preferences when it comes to cold brew, but you can use ratios of anywhere between 1 parts coffee to 8 parts water up to 1 part coffee to 2 parts water.
The more coffee you use, the more concentrated and strong the drink will be – so you may want to use it as a concentrate that you dilute with water or milk instead of something you drink straight.
How much coffee for espresso
Espresso is a very strong coffee preparation made by forcing high pressure steam through a very compacted puck of coffee grounds.
You want to use 6 to 8 grams of espresso grounds for a single shot(1.5 ounces of water), or 16 grams for a double shot(2-2.5 ounces of water).
Espresso is really strong so you want to use a medium to dark roast for the best flavor. Also bear in mind that the grounds are much finer in espresso, almost like a powder, so either measure on a weighing scale or use the scoop that came with your espresso machine.
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