How much coffee do I need to grind per 4 cups of coffee?

  • If I want to make 4 cups of coffee (in the pot), which is actually 2.5 cups if I put it in a regular liquid measuring cup, how much coffee should I start with?

  • justkt

    justkt Correct answer

    10 years ago

    The answer is that it will depend on your personal preference for the strength of your coffee, the beans themselves, the type of brewing, and so on. Many coffee bean bags have a reference on the side of them.

    The standard guideline for most medium roast coffee bean bags is 2 tablespoons per 6 fl. oz. (3/4 cup in your 8oz liquid measuring cup).

    The Specialty Coffee Association of America has some interesting info on this, per this link.

    What the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has to say:

    A cup is defined as 6 ounces of water before brewing. This will produce 5.33 ounces of brewed coffee. Or 125 ml & 110 ml for Euro style coffee makers

    The SCAA defines 10 grams or .36 oz per cup as the proper measure for brewed coffee if using the American standards. If using Euro standards the measure is 7 grams per 125 ml.

    To further confuse things I will add a few more measures:

    3.75 oz per 1/2 gallon

    55 grams per liter

    2.25 gallons per 1 lb.

    If you want to know more check the SCAA's web page at

    I don't have the beans with me, but I think the bag said 2 table spoons per 6 oz... so this is what I figured out. 8 oz = 1 cup, I have 2.5 cups, which is 20 oz, So when considering all that I need 6 2/3 tbsp of coffee beans if I follow that standard?

    @TheX - that's where I'd start, and then I'd adjust to my personal preference.

    wow... that was a lot of math, almost made my head explode, it is no wonder why people don't grind their own beans even though it taste much better then foldgers...

    @TheX: You still have to measure the coffee, even if it comes pre-ground.

    Yeah but you add an extra step with the beans... or maybe I just don't know what I am doing when it comes to coffee...

    @TheX: If you are concerned about measuring the coffee before grinding it, just weight it. The weight won't change after grinding. 1 tsp of ground coffee weights about 5g. I often start scooping coffee into the filter and lose track of how much I've put in. I can weigh it and get a good estimate. I use 1.5 tsp/cup.

    "The standard guideline for most medium roast coffee bean bags is 2 tablespoons per 6 fl. oz. (1 cup in your liquid measuring cup)." I think that is 2 tablespoons of _ground_ coffee just to be clear, or at least that is what my Starbucks bag says. This does not help with going from whole bean->ground.

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