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Going Chaotic With the Coffee Scoop Size?


Brandon Pierce
October 8, 2021

We all love making some hot and steaming coffee at home, but what confuses us is the coffee scoop size.

You may often add way too much or way too little coffee while making coffee at home.

steaming coffee

 Do not worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we aim to teach you:

  1. Why do you need to use coffee scoops for ground coffee?
  2. The coffee scoop and the tablespoon measurements
  3. How much coffee to add to cups and mugs?
  4. Some FAQs

Why Do You Need Coffee Scoops for Ground Coffee?

You can measure more precisely if you use a scoop. This is because a scoop allows you to level the coffee on top.

As a result, you know precisely how much is in your scoop and can use the same quantity of grounds every time.

But there's another issue because not all scoops are the same size. A real coffee scoop or measuring spoon should hold two teaspoons of coffee.

An exact measurement ensures that our coffee is perfectly balanced with the water.

Using a coffee scoop ensures that the right amount of coffee is added as per the ratio of the water.

This is how you can be sure that your coffee isn’t going to turn out better.

The Coffee Scoop Against The Tablespoon

A  coffee scoop should contain 10g of ground coffee or 0.36oz.

You can measure the amount of coffee you need to use if you have a coffee scoop that carries exactly 10g of grinds.

coffee scoop

Most brewing techniques allow you to measure how much water to use for a specific number of cups, and then you just use the matching number of scoops.

Here are some tricks to do this:

  • If you have a drip coffee maker that generates a 12-cup carafe, you know you need 24 tablespoons, which you can precisely measure by using 12 scoops — one scoop per cup.
  • To create eight cups using the same machine, simply fill it to the 8-cup line and use eight-level scoops of coffee.

With practice, you'll learn how much coffee you like and whether you need to use more or less than the recommended quantity.

You will also improve your ability to judge how much you require visually.

Remember that the best method for brewing coffee is the way you like it.

Two teaspoons of ground coffee are held by a coffee scoop. So, if you've misplaced your coffee scoop, simply use a regular tablespoon measure and substitute two teaspoons for one coffee scoop.

If you don't have a measuring spoon, you may approximate it by using the large dinner spoon from your kitchen drawer, which is also commonly referred to as a tablespoon.

Taking Things to the Next Scale—Literally!

For some real coffee connoisseurs, though, all this discussion about coffee scoops and teaspoons may seem a little inaccurate.

Spoons and scoops are OK if you're using normal beans or pre-ground coffee from the shop, but if you have some truly premium grade coffee with a delicate and nuanced flavor profile, you'll want to be even more precise in your brewing.

If you want to take your search for the perfect cup to the next level, you might consider purchasing a set of scales.

This allows you to precisely measure how much coffee you use each time, allowing you to make the smallest modifications each time you brew.

Coffee Mug vs. Coffee Cup - To Measure Coffee

Depending on whether you serve your coffee in cups or mugs, things become a bit more difficult. 

A normal cup with a saucer will hold around 6 fluid ounces of brewed coffee. You'll need a single scoop of coffee for each of them.

coffee mug
coffee cup

Mugs, on the other hand, are more difficult to categorize because they come in a considerably larger variety of drinking quantities.

The majority, though, will be approximately 8 fluid ounces. To make a comparable drink, you'll usually need to use an extra third of a scoop.

If you have a regular 6-ounce coffee cup, you may get a good idea of the volume of the mug by counting how many times you can fill it.

How Much Coffee Do You Need for Several Cups?

Here's a fast and dirty chart you can use to aid you with the arithmetic for the perfect cup of coffee. If the quantity you want isn't provided, simply multiply.

Cups (6 oz.)

  • 2 tablespoons or 1 scoop.
  • 4 tablespoons or 2 scoops.
  • 6 tablespoons or 3 scoops.
  • 8 tablespoons or 4 scoops.

Do the math until...

  • 24 tablespoons or 12 scoops.


  • What Should the Size of a Coffee Scoop Be?

Most coffee scoops measure up to one or two tablespoons in size.

That is the solution! You can always go with bigger or smaller coffee scoops, but if you want to brew coffee fast and simple, go with one of these two sizes.

  • What is the finest material for a coffee scoop?

Coffee scoops are available in stainless steel or plastic. Both will function well, but the metal ones will last longer.

A stainless steel coffee scoop is the best option, in my opinion.

  • A coffee scoop contains how many teaspoons of coffee?

Simple and easy; a standard coffee scoop equals two teaspoons. There are occasional exceptions, but unless otherwise mentioned, you may assume this is the case.


Experiment a little to find what matches your preferences the best.

Just have the coffee scoop handy. It makes measuring coffee much easier, whether you're brewing one cup or a large pot of coarse-ground coffee.

When you carefully measure the ground coffee and water, the quality of the coffee will most likely astound you.

People frequently use too much water for too little coffee. As a result, the drink is invariably weak and disappointing.

You can prepare the ideal cup of coffee now that you know the coffee scoop size and the correct water-to-coffee ratio. Isn't it convenient to have a solution?

Brandon Pierce

About the author

My name is Brandon and I love cold-brew coffee. If you're a fan of everything homebrew, then we'll get along just fine. I also enjoy riding my Onewheel around town, and going on adventures with my future wife! As an online work-from-home advocate, it's important that I stay connected to the world while being able to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

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