For The Coffee Fans: This Is How Much Ground Coffee To Use For the Perfect Cup

Do you use two or more tablespoons?

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Coffee lovers are meticulous people. The taste and aroma of coffee that you savor are the result of high-quality ingredients made with strict attention to precision measurements. There's math involved when you make coffee. 

If you've ever been confused about how to brew a perfectly good cup of coffee at home, you're not alone. Many leave all the work to a machine to brew their perfect cup of coffee. However, if you have switched from the electric coffee pod machines to more manual brewing methods, you may need a recipe to concoct the perfect brew that's comparable. 

The perfect ratio of coffee grounds per cup of water can be debatable. Some may love their coffee stronger than normal or they prefer it milder. Whatever your preference, there is a standard amount that can help you find that perfect ratio of coffee to water. 

According to the National Coffee Association, this is the Golden Ratio of coffee grounds to water: 


1 to 2 tablespoons ground coffee per 6 ounces water

That's about 3/4 cup water. This is also known as the 1:15 ratio, meaning that to make a perfect cup, use 3 tablespoons ground coffee for every 1 cup or 225 ml hot water you use. There are levels of "strength" with regard to how much coffee you want to taste. These are mild, medium, and strong brew strengths. This ratio is known as strong. 

Don't have a weighing scale? Here are the coffee ratio amounts you need to know in tablespoons and cups:

  • • Mild cup: 1 tablespoon ground coffee = 1 cup hot water 
  • • Regular cup: 1 tablespoon ground coffee = 3/4 cup hot water 
  • • Strong cup: 3 tablespoons = 1 cup hot water
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If this is too much math for you and you just want to have a great cup of coffee, use this easy-to-use Coffee to Water Ratio Calculator to learn how much coffee grounds to use for a certain amount of water if you're using a specific brewer. 


Need the ratios pronto for your coffee maker? Here are the recommended amounts to use for your specific coffee maker:

  • • For a coffee press also known as a French press, use 2 tablespoons ground coffee per 1 1/2 cups water
  • • For the glass pour-overs with the wooden collars also known as a Chemex, use 1 tablespoon ground coffee per 1 cup water
  • • For the V-shaped pour-over coffee dripper, use 1 to 2 tablespoons ground coffee per 1 cup water

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