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How many scoops of coffee for your cups?

How many scoops of coffee for your cups?

We’ve all been there before, wondering how many grounds we need to grind from our coffee beans for the right amount of cups we’re going to brew. How many scoops of coffee for your cups?

You’re always used to brew for yourself but you’ve got visitors, family over and you want to brew them a great cup of black gold!

Read our post for a quick check or guidance on how much scoops of coffee you’ll need for your cups!

What is a coffee to water ratio?

Coffee to water ratio is the amount of coffee vs water you’ll use for brewing your coffee. It gives us some kind of safe zone or range where we can assume we’ll get the most out of our coffee grounds!

However, brewing with ratios isn’t always the best. You must use your experience and tweak with these ratios. Ratios tell you a bit more about the strength of your cup. This means you’ll need less coffee for a milder brew and more coffee for a stronger brew.

Why is brewing with ratios advised?

Just as a baker bakes with ratios and why we build real estate with ratios. They’re solid and the best proof that consistency can lead to great results.

This is the same for brewing coffee. Brewing with ratios gives you a zone where you need to be in in order to get the most out of your grounds.

However, it’s important to note that there’s no best ratio for everyone or every method of brewing coffee.

Getting the right ratio is the first part, brewing and doing it frequently is key to suit yourself. You’re the boss and in full control of the process! Try and use different coffee beans, grounds, blends, coffee makers, grinders and so on!

How much coffee should you use per cup?

First, we’ll talk about what we mean with a cup.

Not every cup is the same. A cup in our blog post can contain up to 6 fluid ounces (oz) of water.

There are other cups that are about 8 fluid ounces (oz) of water, we call those cups “mugs”.

In order to brew 1 cup of coffee, we’ll need about 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 1 scoop of coffee grounds. They’re about 10 grams or 0.36 ounces coffee grounds.

We refer you to our separate post about coffee to water ratio for a more in depth article about the subject.

# cups# tablespoons# scoops# ounces# grams
1210.3610
2420.7220
3631.0830
4841.4440
51051.8050
61262.1660
71472.5270
81682.8880
91893.2490
1020103.60100
1122113.96110
1224124.32120

How much coffee for 1 cup?

In order to brew 1 cup, you’ll need about 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 1 scoop of coffee grounds. This equals 0.36 ounces or about 10 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 2 cups?

In order to brew 2 cups, you’ll need about 4 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 2 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 0.72 ounces or about 20 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 3 cups?

In order to brew 3 cups, you’ll need about 6 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 3 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 1.08 ounces or about 30 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 4 cups?

In order to brew 4 cups, you’ll need about 8 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 4 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 1.44 ounces or about 40 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 5 cups?

In order to brew 5 cups, you’ll need about 10 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 5 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 1.80 ounces or about 50 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 6 cups?

In order to brew 6 cups, you’ll need about 12 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 6 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 2.16 ounces or about 60 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 7 cups?

In order to brew 7 cups, you’ll need about 14 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 7 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 2.52 ounces or about 70 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 8 cups?

In order to brew 8 cups, you’ll need about 16 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 8 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 2.88 ounces or about 80 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 9 cups?

In order to brew 9 cups, you’ll need about 18 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 9 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 3.24 ounces or about 90 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 10 cups?

In order to brew 10 cups, you’ll need about 20 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 10 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 3.6 ounces or about 100 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 11 cups?

In order to brew 11 cups, you’ll need about 22 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 11 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 3.96 ounces or about 110 grams of coffee grounds!

How much coffee for 12 cups?

In order to brew 12 cups, you’ll need about 24 tablespoons of coffee grounds or 12 scoops of coffee grounds. This equals 4.32 ounces or about 120 grams of coffee grounds!

What should you measure your coffee grounds with?

There are a lot of possibilities. Do what works best for you. For many people scoops will be the best way because they’re used to it: 1 scoop per cup.

Other people will go for tablespoons, generally you’ll have 2 tablespoons of coffee per cup.

People who want to know how much they weigh will go for a scale. This is still the best way to measure. Data never lies (of course we assume the scale is on point).

The thing is: with a tablespoon or coffee scoop, you won’t get the same result over and over again. Coffee brewing is all about fun, but also about consistency.

How can you expect a consistent great taste if you’re not using the same coffee grounds over and over? That’s why a scale is often advised for the more professional homebaristas among us!

How much coffee and water do I use for 4 cups?

You’ll need 1.44 ounces or 40 grams of coffee grounds and 24 fluid ounces of water in order to brew 4 cups of coffee. This also equals 8 tablespoons or 4 scoops of coffee grounds.

Conclusion

You can use our simple table for kickstarting your homebrewing! Keep in mind that following the right ratio is key to brewing consistently!

Just keep on experimenting and tweak that ratio so you can create the best cup of coffee for yourself! That’s why we say ratios are guidance and very personal or subjective.

Enjoy your coffee!

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