Finally, an easy way to measure your coffee

Measure your coffee in the most basic, yet effective way below. How many times have you tried to figure out how much coffee to use for your coffee maker? Everyone has an opinion, but this method is the best way to get the most flavor, and it’s super simple.

1 Tablespoon For 1 “Cup”

Sounds so simple right? Except we need to define what a “cup” is. In the United States a cup is equal to 8 fluid ounces. In Japan a cup equals 6.7 fluid ounces, and in Canada it’s 7.6 ounces!

To further the confusion, a coffee maker manufacturer “cup” ranges from 4-6 fluid ounces.

So you can imagine why your coffee isn’t consistent, and may drive you crazy!

Here’s a pro tip: Use your coffee maker as a guide. Just use the numbers on the side of your machine to represent a “cup.”

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In this example, you would use 8 tablespoons to make 8 “cups” of coffee. That’s it! No more scales, calculators or googling!


If the ratio we recommend seems a bit “light” you can always add more coffee, this is just a guide. Remember that coffee is as much art as it is science. So feel free to change the ratio if you like, at the end of the day you should enjoy the taste and not be bothered by rules.

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