How Much Coffee Per Cup? (BaristaHQ Detailed Guide)

When making coffee at home, most people don’t bother getting the correct measurements for the cup they’ll be using. That’s why they always get inconsistent flavors whenever they brew one. If you’re always wondering why your coffee tastes different every time, the answer is simple: you’re not measuring your coffee accurately.  

But why does it matter? Well, different types of brew and recipes use different amounts of coffee. If you don’t use the correct amount, you’ll end up with a bland or too intense cup. So, how much coffee per cup do you usually need? Let’s find out in this article! 

How Many Grams Of Coffee Per Cup? 

To achieve a great-tasting cup, you need to follow a proper ratio of coffee to water. If you put too much water, you’ll lose all the flavors of the coffee. Using too much coffee will make the cup too intense and powerful. So, one way to achieve the right balance is by measuring the coffee you use per cup.  

An excellent way to do this is to use a kitchen scale since it can give you precise measurements to create a consistent cup every day. At the same time, you need to understand that different brewing techniques require different grind sizes, depending on how long the coffee and water will be in contact.  

For example, brewing espresso is a quick process and has short water to coffee contact, so it needs a finer grind size. Slower brew methods like the French Press will need a coarser grind. So, apart from the measurements of your coffee, you need to take into consideration the grind size to ensure your cup will have the right flavors.  

According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), you’ll need 55 grams of coffee per liter of water to achieve the  SCAA Golden cup standard. That’s 14 grams of ground coffee for every 8 ounces of water. However, do note that this is the standard measurement, and your brewing method may also affect the amount of coffee you need to add.  

How Many Oz’s Of Coffee Per Cup 

If you prefer using the imperial system, you might be wondering how many ounces of coffee should there be in a cup. However, the word "cup" is still a vague description, and each country has a different measurement of a cup. This can be quite a battle to figure out, especially since many coffee makers usually just indicate “cup” instead of the actual measurement.  

In addition, the cup that each manufacturer refers to depends on which country they come from. So, if you’re also confused with how much a “cup” measures, you’re not alone. One way to determine the correct measurement is to check where the device was manufactured and the standard of measurement used.  

However, this can be a complicated process, so we’re here to help you out. A standard cup of coffee is around 6 ounces of water. This can sound a bit complicated for Americans since the imperial cup is equal to 8 fluid ounces. However, the standard serving size in the US is 6 fluid ounces per coffee cup.  

But wait, it gets more complicated. Other countries' metric cups equals 8.45 fluid ounces. In Canada, a cup is 7.6 ounces, and in Japan, it is equal to 6.7 ounces. And we are just talking about how many ounces a cup is. With this in mind, how many ounces of coffee should you use per cup?  

SCAA says that a 6 fluid ounce cup should have 0.36 oz of coffee. If you do the math, that's .06 oz per fluid ounce. With this, it's now easier to calculate how many ounces of coffee you need to add to a cup.  

How Many Tablespoons Of Coffee Per Cup? 

If the kitchen scale isn’t accessible to you, don’t worry. You can still make the perfect cup of coffee using a tablespoon. This is probably one of the most used measuring devices since most people have a tablespoon available at home.  

When making a cup of coffee using a tablespoon, you should follow the general guideline called the Golden ratio: 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 8 ounces of water. This ratio works well for many brewing devices, and you can adjust it depending on how strong you want the coffee to be.  

How Many Scoops Of Coffee Per Cup? 

If your coffee grounds come with a scoop, you might be wondering how many scoops you should use per coffee cup. However, not all scoops are created equal. So depending on the scoop you’re using, its measurement also varies. To know how much coffee your scoop can handle, try to transfer it to a tablespoon and see how many tablespoons it can make.  

Generally, a level coffee scoop can hold around 2 tablespoons of coffee, the standard measurement used in the Golden ratio. If you want to have the usual strong cup of coffee, one scoop is enough. But if you like a weaker cup, go with 1 scoop for 2 cups of coffee or 1.5 scoops for 2 cups.   

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Coffee To Water Ratio Explained 

Water (Oz) 

Coffee (grams) 

No. of Serving 

6 Oz. 


1 cup (US cup) 

8 Oz. 


1 cup 

16 Oz. 


2 cups 

24 Oz. 


3 cups 

32 Oz. 


4 cups 

**This measurement is based on the SCAA Golden cup of standard. If you are using a tablespoon as a measurement, 15 grams equals two tablespoons of coffee.  

How Much Coffee Per Machine? 


This is the most simple brewing method available. All you need to do is pour your grounds on a paper filter, and the water will drip through the cup or carafe underneath. However, it doesn’t use the Golden cup standard measurement because of the filter. Unlike other brewing methods, the filter retains water,  so some of the grams you add won’t brew as you expected.  

So, if you’re using a pour-over or drip method, the recommended amount of coffee per cup is around 17-20 grams per 8 ounces of water.  

French Press 

When you use this brewing device, you fill it with boiling water, allowing the coffee to be in contact with water for around 4 to 5 minutes. Once the extraction is done, you need to push the metal filtered plunger to bring all the ground to the bottom. This makes a French Press entirely different from a pour-over method since the extraction happens in the water itself. This means that no water is lost during the process.  

The SCAA recommends 36 grams for a 22 ounce of water. This may be less than the recommended Golden cup of the standard since the water to coffee contact is longer.  

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How Much Coffee Do You Use For One Shot Of Espresso? 

When making coffee using other coffee devices, the measurement depends on the water used to perform the extraction. For instance, using a French Press requires you to put the amount of coffee grounds relative to the water you will use in the vessel. However, espresso brewing doesn’t give you control over the amount of water you’ll use. Basically, it’s all about how much you’ll make.  

So, if you use the standard measurement of 14 grams, you’ll yield about 2 cups of espresso shots. A professional can play around with this measurement and produce a different intensity of espresso shots. In short, it all depends on how strong you want your coffee or how good you're at using this brewing method.  

How Many Ounces Of Coffee Do I Need For Cold Brew? 

If you don’t know what a cold brew is, it’s an extraction method that uses room temperature instead of hot water. In some cases, they do it inside the fridge. This type of method impacts the amount of coffee you use per cup since it requires you to extract the oils from the grounds for approximately 22 to 24 hours.  

The long exposure of coffee grounds to the water results in a concentrated liquid. When you serve cold brew, you dilute it with water or add melting ice to balance the intense flavors. Since it requires more prolonged extraction, you need more coffee grounds. This means you need 12 ounces of ground coffee per 64 ounces of water. This will create 8 cups of cold brew concentrate and yield 16 cups of coffee.  

Frequently Asked Coffee Per Cup Questions 

What is the size of a standard cup? 

It depends on which country you are from, but a standard cup of coffee ranges from 6 to 8 fluid ounces.  

How many tablespoons are in a cup of drip coffee? 

You can use 2 tablespoons of coffee per cup of drip coffee. You can also adjust this depending on your preference.  

Is a cup of coffee the same as a cup of water? 

No, it’s not the same. A cup of coffee would count as half a cup of water.  

What is the ‘golden ratio’ in coffee drinks? 

The SCAA Golden ratio is 55 grams of coffee per liter of water. This means you need 14 grams of coffee or 2 tablespoons per cup.  


If you want to perfect your morning cup of coffee, you need to understand how many grams of coffee per cup you need to use. If you don’t correctly measure what you use, this will result in inconsistent cups. We hope our measurement above will help you create a flavorful cup. Remember, you can always tweak the measurements depending on your taste, and the perfect cup will always depend on your preference.