How many coffee beans are in an Espresso shot?

How many coffee beans are in an Espresso shot?

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  1. I just weighed out samples ( to the 0.1 gram ) and counted beans by hand for an array of different roasts levels, origins and blends. Here’s what I came up with:
    Green Unroasted Beans: 98 beans / 18 grams or 0.183 grams per bean
    Light Roasted Mexico S/O: 112 beans / 18 grams or 0.160 grams per bean
    Medium Roast Rwanda S/O: 126 beans / 18 grams or 0.142 grams per bean
    Dark Roast Decaf Blend: 144 beans / 18 grams or 0.125 grams per bean
    Major take-aways:
    The roast level is directly related to how many beans will fit in any particular unit of measurement. The further you take a roast, the less dense the beans will get, the less each bean will weigh.
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  2. Bean sizes vary, and different roast levels have different moisture content, so you can’t truly standardize this. Just for fun though, I just weighed the beans I’m using right now, and its about 120mg for a typical bean.
    A traditional single shot is 7g, meaning 58 beans per shot. So, in the ballpark of 80 I suppose.
    Also worth noting that in the US at least, almost no one pulls a single shot. One common dosage for modern US cafes is an “overdosed double” of around 18g. So these would require 150 beans per shot. Quite a bit of beans for such a small bit of coffee.

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  3. That is not true. Though you don’t measure coffee in beans but in grams. The most common weight for espresso is 8–10 grams.

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  4. On average, an 8-gram single espresso shot will use 71 coffee beans, while a 16-gram espresso serving contains about 142 beans.

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  5. I think 80 coffee beans is pretty close.

    A single shot of espresso uses approximately 7 to 8 grams of coffee.
    According to this coffee website, there are approximately 4,000 coffee beans in a pound of coffee.
    source: Ancora Coffee Roasters – Coffee Glossary
    There are 453.59 grams to each pound.
    Assuming all of the above are correct, each coffee bean weighs 0.113398 grams.
    80 beans will weigh 9.07 grams (80 beans x 0.113398 grams), which seems a tad on the high side, but not unreasonably high, based on the 7 to 8 gram single-shot requirement.

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  6. Usually in barista world they go by weight and play around the numbers based on the roast profile and age of the beans. Typically ranges 18g to 21g and with 1:2 ratio. More info:
    Dialing In: How to Reduce Your Sink-Shots and Still Make a Beautiful Espresso

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