How Much Coffee Per Cup?

How much coffee you use is definitely a matter of preference. I like a strong cup of coffee that uses more coffee grounds than other people. On the other hand, my mom brews coffee that is light enough you can see the bottom of your cup looking through it. She likes it that way, but it is weak and bitter. You will need to take the “accepted amount” and go from there. If the average is too strong then use less coffee. If it is too bitter try adding a little extra coffee.

It’s Not a Standard For All Coffee Makers
There are a lot of different kinds of coffee makers and it should be noted that the standard here is for an electric (plug in the wall) drip coffee brewer. These come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors and brands and can cost from $10 to hundreds of dollars. They are popular because learning how to brew coffee in a coffee maker and doing it every morning is really easy. If you are looking for how much coffee you should use in an espresso maker, Turkish pot, stove top peculator, or French press (just as some examples) then this page isn’t likely to be helpful to you.

The Filter Basket
The first thing you need to consider is the shape of your filter basket. There are two different shapes for the brew basket and they do effect how the coffee is made. With the flat bottom the coffee runs through the grounds quickly and comes out. As a rule of thumb this type of coffee maker will require a little more coffee than a cone shaped one because the water moves through the coffee faster. With the cone shaped filter basket, the coffee runs down the cone and because it narrows it spends more time in contact with the coffee. This machine may require a little less coffee than others.

The Directions
If you still have the directions for your coffee maker then it is a good idea to start by following their suggestions. They know their machine better than the “average” and they are likely to give you a pretty good guide. If you don’t have the instructions it isn’t a big deal because you can still experiment a bit, but it may take you a little longer to find the perfect amount of coffee for your tastes and machine.

A Coffee Scoop
It should be noted that you don’t need to buy any fancy scoop to dish out coffee, but there is a “coffee” scoop. The standard for a coffee scoop is 2 Tablespoons, but you will want to check your specific coffee scoop before you start using it. Many machines will come with one as well. If you don’t have one all you need to do is use a tablespoon or another measuring scoop or cup.

What’s a Cup?
When it comes to coffee a cup isn’t as clear as it could be. In general we use the term “cup” to refer to 8 ounces of fluids. However, a “cup” of coffee is defined as 6 ounces of water before brewing and just over 5 ounces after you are done. You will want to figure out what your coffee maker has measured out along the side of your carafe before defining just how much coffee should be put into your coffee maker.

How Much Coffee Per Cup?
As a rule of thumb it is generally recommended that you use 2 tablespoons or 1 (standard) coffee scoop for each cup of coffee. Some will say that needs to be level and others will say rounded or heaping. I recommend that you consider the shape of your filter basket and how strong you like your coffee. If you have a flat bottom brew basket and a you like your coffee to be strong and rich then go for the heaping. If you have a cone shaped coffee maker and you aren’t sure about the strong coffee go for level.

How Much Coffee For 4 Cups?
Following the standard you would then use 1/2 cup (8 Tablespoons) for 4 cups of coffee. Most people use a little less then that. (I personally use 1 heaping 1/4 measuring cup for 4 cups of water).

How Much Coffee For 10 Cups?
For making 10 cups of coffee you should use 1 and 1/4 cup of coffee. This may seem like a lot, but it is in line with what large coffee shops use such as Starbucks. This would be 10 coffee scoops or 20 Tablespoons of coffee grounds. (I personally use 2 heaping 1/4 cup measuring cups).

How Much Coffee For 12 Cups?
To make a full pot in a 12 cup coffee maker you will need 1 1/2 cup of coffee. This is 12 coffee scoops or 24 Tablespoons. Most people don’t follow this standard, but it is worth a try. (You may even find you like your coffee more).

How Much Coffee For 30 Cups?
When making a large batch of coffee for a large group of people you can follow the standard. This would be 3 and 3/4 cups of coffee grounds. However, if you are serving this to a group of people it is usually a good idea to use a lot less coffee to make the masses happy. Most people aren’t used to drinking coffee as strong as it should be. With this in mind it is a good idea to use about half as much coffee.

How Much Coffee For 100 Cups?
When brewing 100 cups of coffee you would be using 100 coffee scoops, 200 Tablespoons, or 12 1/2 cups of coffee. This is a lot and once again would be a lot stronger than most would enjoy. With that in mind you should probably use 5 to 6 cups of coffee.

There are a lot of things to consider when figuring out how much coffee per cup of water you should use. Your taste will dictate it as well as if you are drinking it by yourself or with a large group of people. Other things that will also make a difference is the shape of your filter basket and even the type of coffee you are drinking. Go ahead and give it a go. Try 1 coffee scoop (2 tablespoons) for every cup of coffee and see how you like it. I am going to go give it a go and let you know how it goes (I thought I was adding enough coffee). Be back soon. :-P

How My Coffee Turned Out
My coffee is cooking. However, I had another thought as I put a little more coffee in there than normal. I only made 8 cups of coffee, but had I made 12 cups with 1 1/2 cups of coffee, it would be a tight fit in my cone shaped filter.

The coffee is done and it is good, but it is a little stronger then I want to drink as my every day cup of joe. :-D Now you can try it and adjust it to meet your personal tastes.