How Much Ground Coffee Should I Use?

How Much Ground Coffee Should I Use?

As a general rule, you should use one to two tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water. This is the so-called “golden ratio” when it comes to making a cup of coffee.  The six-ounce measure of water is equivalent to one cup for a standard coffee maker. If you are a mug-of-coffee-drinker type, the standard measure of water is around nine ounces of water.  

Needless to say, the golden ratio can be adjusted to suit any person’s preference. If you prefer lighter coffee, a one-tablespoon ratio would be enough while the two-tablespoon ratio would sit well for persons who prefer stronger coffee. One tablespoon of coffee is equivalent to roughly five grams of ground coffee. So, if you want to make a cup of joe, you need to use 10 grams of coffee. 

If you prefer the mug, you need to use one and one-third or three tablespoons of ground coffee. Remember, the water measure for a mug is nine ounces. But, as already mentioned, these measurements can be adjusted according to your personal preference. 

How much ground coffee do I use for 4 cups?

If you are preparing coffee for yourself and three other friends, you should use four scoops or eight tablespoons of ground coffee. Some may prefer to use 10 tablespoons for a stronger brew. 

How much ground coffee do I use for 8 cups?

If you are entertaining a couple of friends and making eight cups, you should use at least 14 tablespoons of ground coffee. 

How to make a perfect cup of coffee?

Brace yourself because we are making a perfect cup of coffee!

Here are the steps:

  1. First, measure your coffee. Use two tablespoons of ground coffee for six ounces of water which is equivalent to one cup. 
  2. Use filtered water. 
  3. The water temperature should be between 195 degrees to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. After boiling the water, let it sit for 30 seconds before using it. 
  4. The filter should be rinsed with hot water before brewing and be sure to use a good quality oxygen bleached filter. 
  5. Place just enough water over the grounds so they get puffy. 
  6. After 30 to 45 seconds, continue the pour-over. The purpose of this is to get the most flavor from your coffee.
  7. Finally, time to drink your freshly brewed coffee! Be sure to drink it within 30 minutes after brewing. Do not let your coffee sit in a brewer the whole day and just make enough of what you need. 

The right roasting method along with good coffee beans plays a big part in making a perfect cup of coffee. Coffee beans vary in terms of flavor and body or mouthfeel. The differing amount of caffeine and acidity as well as the degree of bitterness or sweetness all complement the overall flavors derived in a satisfying cup of brew. 

Recommended ground coffee 

Here is a list of our recommended ground coffee for your perfect cup of joe:

 Kicking Horse Coffee, Smart Ass, Medium Roast, Ground, 10 Oz – Certified Organic, Fairtrade, Kosher Coffee

This medium roast ground coffee is made of a bright and chocolatey concoction. It is all-organic and shade-grown Arabica coffee. The tasting notes include tart red currant, notes of sugar cane and milk chocolate with a honeyed berry body. The recommended methods for this ground coffee are pour-over, cold brew and drip machine. It originates from Central and South America and is grown in a socially and environmentally responsible way. 

Starbucks Blonde Roast Ground Coffee — Veranda Blend — 100% Arabica — 1 bag (28 oz.)

It is manufactured by Starbucks and each pack includes one 28-ounce bulk bag. To bring out the best taste, always use cold, filtered water and store it in a cool and dark place.

New England Coffee Colombian Supremo, Medium Roast Ground Coffee, 11 Ounce (1 Count) Bag

This ground coffee is made of medium roast Colombian Supremo 100% Arabica beans. It has an intense flavor and rich aroma and certified gluten-free and Kosher ground coffee. Be sure to use fresh water when brewing the coffee grounds for a smooth flavor. 


Achieving the perfect cup of brew requires practice and exact measurements. When preparing a cup of joe, you should use two tablespoons of ground coffee.  If you are the mug-drinker type, use three tablespoons of ground coffee per mug. However, this may vary from one person to another as it boils down to personal preference. 

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