How Many Scoops Of Coffee Per Cup? Here’s The Answer

This morning’s coffee doesn’t taste as well as yesterday’s?

If you’ve used the same machine and coffee grounds, then the reason probably lies in your bad measuring. 

Forget about approximates. 

If you don’t know exactly how many scoops of coffee per cup you need, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this article, we’ll talk about everything you need to know to figure out the perfect ratio. 

Keep reading to find out more.

The Golden Cup Standard

If you want to make a perfect cup of coffee, the best place to start is the Golden Cup Standard, developed by the Specialty Coffee Association. This standard is backed by over 50 years of research and nowadays is commonly used in the industry for brewing the perfect cup.

To achieve the Golden Cup Standard, the SCA recommends a 1:18 ratio. In other words, you should add a gram of coffee per every 18 milliliters of water.

Here’s the thing – the Golden Cup Standard shouldn’t be strictly followed. 


Because the exact ratio depends on a lot of factors. These include brewing methods, types of coffee beans, and, most importantly, personal preferences.

The standard is more of a guide. Using a 1:18 ratio for drip coffee actually gives you a mellow and rounded cup of java with slight acidity. 

In most cases, a ratio of between 1:15 and 1:18 will work just fine. The exceptions are espresso and immersion brewing methods, including French press and cold brew. 

As the name suggests, immersion brewing methods involve steeping ground coffee in water until it’s extracted. But when soaked, coffee grounds extract at a much slower rate. For that reason, we usually use more grounds.

Generally, you can follow these ratios:

  • Standard infusion methods (French press and Aeropress) – 1:13 to 1:16 
  • Regular cold brew – 1:8 
  • Cold brew concentrate – 1:2 to 1:4

When it comes to espresso, you’re pressuring a small amount of water through a lot of coffee grounds. Speaking of ratios, this is what you should follow:

  • Ristretto – 1:1 to 1:2
  • Standard cup – 1:2 to 1:3
  • Lungo – 1:3 to 1:4

Okay, so we’re clear on the ratios for different brewing methods. And if you own a scale, measuring will be a piece of cake. 

But what if you don’t? Who wants to do the math every morning, especially with metric units?

Don’t worry, there are other ways you can measure your coffee – such as good ol’ scoops.

How Many Coffee Grounds Per Scoop

coffee grounds in a cup

Coffee scoops come in different sizes, but a standard one equals two tablespoons. If your coffee machine came with a scoop, it’s 99% a standard-sized one.

Speaking in measurements, the standard scoop, theoretically, holds 10 grams or 0.36 ounces of ground coffee. 

Why theoretically? Because weight differs between different types of roasts. A coffee scoop of light roast can weigh as much as 14 grams, while darker roasts can be a bit lighter than 10 grams.

The difference is there, but it’s not something you need to bang your head against the wall about. Equating one scoop to 10 grams is a good starting point. 

How Many Scoops of Coffee Per Cup

Before we get into the answer, let’s talk about cups for a minute.

While 8 ounces is the standard cup size for different beverages, that’s not the case here. A cup of hot coffee is actually 6 ounces.

In most cases, coffee makers follow this standard. And you don’t even need to do the math because the carafes have cup measurements. 

But you shouldn’t rely on these measurements blindly. That’s because there are some manufacturers that don’t follow the standard. According to Technivorm, for instance, a cup of coffee equals 4.2 ounces.

To get the optimal cup of coffee, stick to 6 ounces (177 milliliters). In this case, you should use about a single scoop of coffee per cup.

To get the precise amount, use the previously mentioned ratios for different types of brew. Divide the amount of water (177 milliliters) by the ratio number (18 for Golden Standard) and you get the gram amount of coffee per cup. As you see, the answer is roughly 10.

The Coffee Chart

But who wants to do math in the morning? 

I surely don’t. So I’ve decided to write down the precise amount of coffee for different methods of measurement.

Grams10 grams2030406080100120
Cup1/81/43/81/23/411 1/41 1/2

It’s not rocket science, but it helps me in the morning when I can’t remember my own name until I’ve had my first cup.

To Sum It Up

Making coffee is easy with a coffee scale. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use a precise amount of coffee grounds without it. The best alternative tool for the job is the scoop. And the measurement is pretty straightforward – you need one scoop of grounds for one cup of coffee.

Have any questions? Feel free to comment and we’ll find the answer together. 

Just remember – these numbers are standards, not laws. 

The perfect amount depends on your personal preference, so play around until you find what you like. 

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Viktoria Marks
Viktoria is a writer and a journalist who can't imagine sitting by her computer without a large cup of java in her hand. She loves sampling coffee from all over the world as much as writing about it.