When I make coffee, can I do 1 tablespoon per 5 oz of water? And why?

When I make coffee, can I do 1 tablespoon per 5 oz of water? And why?

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  1. It depends on what kind of coffee maker you use and the grind of your coffee. The traditional ratio is 2 tablespoons per 5 or 6 fl oz cup, but that seems good for percolators, French press, etc. In my experience it is way too strong in a drip coffee maker, and 1 T per 5 or 6 fl oz cup works. In any case, the ratio should be adjusted for your taste preference. It is only a starting point. Also note the industry is a little unclear on whether a coffee cup is 5 fl oz, 150 mL, or 6 fl oz. Mine is 375 mL. I grind 25 g of beans to make 750 mL; most people describe my coffee as strong.

  2. For the best cup of coffee use two (2) Tbsp. of coffee for every six (6) oz. of cold water. This measure has been a long-term standard for more years than I am old. It will make a great and nicely strong, cup of coffee. However, not everyone likes the same strength cup of coffee. Also, not every coffee bean is roasted the same distinct way—length of time which makes for a light, medium or dark roast. And, not all coffee beans produce the same strength of coffee if brewed green—not roasted.
    The two (2) Tbsp. of coffee for every six (6) oz. of cold water (rule) will produce a great cup that-will-satisfy-most-coffee-drinkers-using-most-coffee-makers-making-a-middle-of-the-road-at-any-time-of-the-day of coffee except in Oklahoma for Oklahomans who like their coffee the color of green tea meaning they like it weak.
    One more piece of advice—never buy pre-ground coffee unless—not unless anything. ALWAYS BUY COFFEE BEANS. Also, never buy and use a blade coffee grinder. Only use a conical burr coffee grinder. If you love your coffee and not just for the reason so many do—caffeine jolt to get going in the morning—spend the extra few bucks for a really good conical burr grinder. The choices are many but not for this forum. A really good burr grinder will cost anywhere from $100.00-$350.00—not including a coffee maker. This price is only for a grinder.
    Buy your coffee beans either locally or a reputable online dealer that roasts and vends coffee beans close to home. Once roasted, the beans must be packaged in a special bag made for coffee beans. Buy from a ‘coffeemonger’ that sells both single-origin coffees as well as blends. A single origin coffee will give you a new adventure into the world of coffee. An ‘Ethiopia Yirgacheffe’, ‘Kenya AA’, ‘Honduras ‘Silver Hills’’, or ‘Hawaii Kona ‘Volcanic Estate’’, etc. will open you eyes to some great coffees with undertones such as chocolate, raspberry, citrus and other delicate flavors that pre-ground coffees lose because the coffee has grown stale after 96 or more hours of being left in they open air. You have NO idea whether the pre-ground coffee is immediately vacuum sealed in bags made specifically for ground coffees or not.
    Don’t get me wrong! Coffee beans once roasted can grow stale just as ground coffee can if not properly bagged the same as ground coffee. However, roasted beans do have a longer shelf life in the open air than ground coffee. Just know your purveyor and can trust their knowledge of roasting and storage of coffee.

  3. It depends on:
    how strong you like your coffee
    what kind of coffee you are using
    if you’re using instant coffee, what brand, grade
    If you’re using ground coffee, what kind of beans (arabica, robusta, etc), how they are roasted, how finely ground
    how big your tablespoon is and how high you heap the coffee on it
    What kind of coffee-maker you use (drip feed, plunger, percolator,
    As you can see, there are far too many factors to take into account for anyone to be able to give you an answer.
    The best thing you can do is to make it. If you like it, it’s good. Obvious really.

  4. There is no law regarding the ratio of grounds to water (although there should be).
    Using 1 Tablespoon of coffee per 6 oz (standard) cup, is half the standard measure and will give you a very weak brew. If that is how you like your coffee then it’s fine. When I come over to visit, I’ll have a beer.
    Original question: When I make coffee, can I do 1 tablespoon per 5 oz of water? And why?

  5. When I make coffee, can I do 1 tablespoon per 5 oz of water? And why?
    sounds to me like you are making INSTANT coffee
    and that IS a crime against humanity…. coffee should be made ONLY from Coffee beans

  6. That is exactly what I use. I make a 15 ounce mug of coffee every morning with 3 Tbsp of finely ground dark roast. It tastes great to me. Adjust the grind of your beans depending on the method you are using. I use a filter, but if I was using a French Press, I would use a coarser grind of coffee and more of it.
    It doesn’t take many tries to adjust the grind and amount of coffee you use to your personal taste.


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