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How to Measure Coffee in a Coffee Maker

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Updated February 12, 2023

Learning how to measure coffee in a coffee maker raises a few questions. Volume measurements are never easy, and most people don’t understand the process of taking an accurate measurement.


  • First, make sure you understand the golden ratio for water and coffee by weight. Messing this up will create tasteless, weak coffee.
  • Always use level scoops of fresh or pre-ground coffee using a dedicated coffee scoop.
  • Most coffee drinkers use an incorrect proportion of coffee and water for their standard coffee maker. Avoid this by using a scale that ensures a proper measure.

If you have the best coffee maker in your budget, you need to make sure you have a perfect measure of coffee per cup. We’ll teach you how to measure each coffee scoop perfectly below. However, if you like a strong cup of joe in the mornings, you’ll want to read our article on how to make strong coffee in a coffee maker. Additionally, you can learn to make a stronger cup by learning what the 1-4 cup function on a coffee maker does.

What is a Standard Coffee Measure?

The short answer is that it depends on the brew method you’re using. Most people use a drip coffee maker, so we’ll go by the actual measurement for drip coffee today. Alternatively, we have you covered if you use a different brewing method. Be sure to read about how to use an electric percolator or how to use a pour-over coffee maker.

Insider Tip

Using thermal carafes helps keep a large volume of coffee fresh and hot for hours after brewing.

When you learn how to make tea in a coffee maker, you discover how much measurements matter. The scoops of coffee you use are just as important.


First, find a standard coffee scoop. The scoops of coffee need to be perfectly level. You can also use a coffee or digital kitchen scale to ensure you measure your grams of ground coffee correctly.


Use a coffee grinder for the actual coffee beans you’re using. Use a Burr grinder for the best results. Whether you need a medium grind or finer grinds depends on your coffee brewer.


Now, it’s time to measure a few tablespoons of coffee. For every six fluid ounces of water, you’ll need one level coffee scoop. Keeping the coffee-to-water ratio in mind is crucial for brewing a perfect cup of coffee.


If you’re making strong coffee, use more grams of coffee grounds than usual. The more grams of coffee you use, the stronger the coffee per cup. This is also true for multiple cups of coffee.


Once you figure out the coffee-to-water ratio, it’s time to pour your fluid ounces of water into the reservoir. After that, pour your grams of coffee into the filter basket. Then, start your brewing process.


Once the brewing time for your cups of coffee is up, you should have perfect coffee. Fill your coffee cup, and enjoy the rich coffee flavor. For a different coffee flavor experience, try your hand at learning how to prepare Kapeng Barako with a coffee maker.


Clean your brew basket after every brew cycle to ensure ground beans aren’t stuck in it, leading to a bitter-tasting brew.


How many ounces of ground coffee should I use for an entire coffee pot?

Most coffee drinkers choose to brew a pot of coffee rather than just 8-ounce cups. For filling your glass carafe, you’ll need 4.5 ounces of ground coffee.

How can I brew amazing coffee pots every time?

First, grind whole-bean coffee, and use level scoops of those grounds that are perfectly measured. Having proper water-to-coffee ratios is standard for coffee brewing, as well.

How many grams of coffee grounds per cup do I need?

For six-ounce cups, you need to use 1-2 tablespoons of great-tasting coffee. That comes out to around 11 grams of coffee or 0.33 ounces of coffee.

Does using hot water or cold water make a difference for coffee machines?

That depends on the brewing methods you prefer. For cold brew, you need to use cold tap water. Otherwise, the temperature doesn’t matter as much since coffee machines regulate temperature.

STAT: Every day, Americans drink 400 million cups of this incredibly complex beverage, which contains more than 1,000 compounds that can affect the body. (source)

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