It is not always easy to measure coffee and get the exact coffee / water ratio.
To begin with, there are a few variables. For example, how finely ground is coffee? The same measure of finely ground coffee will provide a stronger cup of coffee than a measure of coarsely ground coffee.
To complicate matters further, some of the instructions provided by coffee experts look like this:
“Add 0.36 oz or 10 grams of ground coffee per 6 oz cup.”
And what, you might ask, does 0.36 ounces of ground coffee look like? And what is a 6 oz cup?
A coffee cup (the same size as a tea cup) is about 6 fluid ounces.
A coffee cup contains more than 8 or 9 fluid ounces.
As for measuring 0.36 oz of coffee, there are several ways to do this.
The first is to use a teaspoon. One level teaspoon should contain two tablespoons of coffee, or about 10 grams or 0.36 ounces.
So you should use two tablespoons or one teaspoon of ground coffee per 6 fluid ounces of water.
However … a lot of coffee makers are a bit sloppy with their designs. So start by using a 1 tbsp kitchen measuring spoon and make sure your scoop has 2 tbsp of ground coffee. If not, use the measuring spoon instead.
Second, if you want to be really precise, you can get digital scales that are accurate enough to weigh your coffee to the nearest gram, or better.
So you add …
1 teaspoon of ground coffee per 6 fluid ounces of water (for cups)
1 1/3 teaspoon per 8 to 9 ounces of water (for cups)
This means that if you have an 8-cup coffee maker, you want to pour 8 6-ounce cups of water into the reservoir and 8 level teaspoons in the filter basket.
If you like your coffee to be a little stronger, you’ll soon know how much more coffee to add for each brew.
For example, if you like strong coffee and make enough for 8 6-ounce cups, you might end up using ten 10 or 12 scoops instead of 8.
Experiment a bit and see what works best for you.
Just keep that teaspoon nearby. It is much easier to measure coffee whether you are brewing a whole cup or pot.
And when you accurately measure ground coffee and water, you will probably be amazed at the quality of the coffee. Often people use too much water for too little coffee. The result is a weak brew that always disappoints.
Learn more about measuring and brewing coffee:
3 ways to measure coffee, starting with the easiest …
Using digital scales to weigh your ground coffee.
This coffee grinder can be set to produce the exact amount of ground coffee for your next brew.
Tips for making good coffee.