How Many Tablespoons of Coffee Do You Use Per Cup?

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QUESTION: – How many tablespoons of coffee do you use per cup? – Katrina M. 

ANSWER: – There’s a pretty general consensus among coffee drinkers that one should use one to two tablespoons of coffee per six ounce cup. Whether or not you like your coffee strong should determine whether you use one teaspoon or two per six ounces of coffee. 

Another thing to consider is that, in America at least, most people’s coffee cup sizes are much larger than six ounces. In fact, the standard mug size in America is 12 ounces, which is double the suggested serving sizes. And the 12 ounce mug is on the low end of the scale in America, as many long time coffee drinkers nurse tanker-sized coffee cups that range from 16 to 24 ounces for their morning coffee intake. 

So if you are supposed to use one to two tablespoons for a six ounce cup, you will need two to four tablespoons for a 12 ounce cup, and four to eight tablespoons for a 24 ounce cup. For a 12 cup coffee maker that uses 6 ounces per cup for measurement, you will need 12 to 24 tablespoons. 

The standard coffee scoop that comes with some brands of ground coffee holds two tablespoons of coffee. It’s included with many pre-ground coffee brands so that you can easily measure out two tablespoons of grounds for each cup you are planning to make. 

The standard measurement for coffee brewing is based on weight. It calls for 15 grams of ground coffee for 250 ml of water. Because many kitchens lack a nice kitchen scale for weight-based measurements, these calculations were revamped and reconfigured to fit into tablespoons and cups, which are standard measurements that can be used in any kitchen without having to invest in a digital scale. 

Measuring out how many tablespoons for each cup of coffee is something that even a novice coffee drinker can figure out easily. If you like your coffee a little bit on the strong side, the two tablespoon scoop is perfect, as it will help you measure out a full strength cup of coffee everytime you brew.

If you like your coffee on the weaker side, you will probably want to avoid adding a full two tablespoons for every six ounces of coffee. Try out one tablespoon first, then experiment by adding a little bit more each time until you find the sweet spot. If you don’t want a strong cup of joe, you will probably not want to add any more than one and a half tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water. 

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