How much ground coffee should I use to make a cup of coffee?

How much ground coffee should I use to make a cup of coffee?

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  1. I’m going to provide an answer that’s based on specialty coffee standards and knowledge. Some people prefer to just have a usual cup of joe, but if you want to get the best from your coffee, the precise amount of coffee grounds you use matters.
    First, make sure you’re using freshly ground coffee: coffee can lose its flavors within 10 mins after being ground (higher surface area for faster loss of aromatics). Once you are, you’ll need to know a lil bit about the science of brewing.
    I think of there being 4 factors you control that affect how your coffee will taste: surface area (grind size), length of brew, temperature (95C is a good start), and ratio (amount of coffee grounds to water, which is what you’re asking about and what I’ll focus my answer on). These factors matter in all brewing methods, but they aren’t independent. For example, in drip coffee changing the amount of coffee you use could affect the time it takes for water to go through it.
    Ratio affects primarily brew strength but also affects extraction level . Brew strength is how much kick your coffee has, or how concentrated it is. Extraction level is how much you are squeezing out of your coffee. Some flavor compounds in coffee taste good, others are bitter, and you want a nice balance of the two, so you don’t want to extract too much or too little of the dissolvable material in your coffee.
    So generally, assuming you are using the coffee grind size recommended for your brewing method, people generally use a 1:15 to 1:17 of coffee ground weight to water weight added. This is known as the sweet spot, as it generally gets coffee to have a 18-22% extraction level and a good concentration level. The reason why it’s a range is partly due to people’s different tastes in coffee but also due to differences in beans, so what you end up using depends on you and your beans. Some beans do better generally with lower extraction, some with higher.
    Changing the ratios is one way to affect what extraction levels you are getting, but you can also do this by messing with the other 3 factors listed above, but that’s for a different question.


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