How much coffee for 4 cups?
What is really the exact measure of how much coffee for 4 cups? The best answer for this question is that it will depend on your personal taste preference, the strength of the coffee, the variety of beans and the type of brewing. When you purchase a coffee bean bags you may see a reference on the side of it. But the standard guideline for most medium roast coffee bean bag is 2 tablespoons per 6 fl. oz. (3/4 cup in your 8oz liquid measuring cup).
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) defined a cup as 6 ounces of water before brewing that will produce 5.33 ounces of brewed coffee or 125 ml and 110 ml for Euro style coffee makers. They express 10 grams or .36 oz per cup as the proper measure for brewed coffee using the American standards while in Euro is measures 7 grams per 125 ml.
So how much coffee for 4 cups?
Below are some of the few measures:
3.75 oz per 1/2 gallon
55 grams per liter
2.25 gallons per 1 lb.
If you’ll consider making a weak coffee you may encounter these instances:
When there’s no enough coffee you can slightly increase the amount of ground coffee. You may start with a 1:1 ratio, where 1 level tablespoon of ground coffee to 1 cup of coffee. You can make this as a starting point where you can adjust base on your personal taste. Make sure your filter won’t overflow, if it does you’ve added too much coffee in it.
On the other hand, if your coffee ground is too coarse because you just purchase it as already grounded, maybe it was ground through an auto drip coffee maker. With this, you can adjust on the amount of coffee but if you are grinding your own coffee beans and it taste weak, try grinding it slightly finer. This will increase the contact time and provides richer flavor. Make sure you won’t overflow your filter because if it does you’ve ground your beans too fine.
If you’ll consider making a strong coffee you may encounter these instances:
When you have too much coffee, try decreasing the amount used. You can start with a ratio of 1:1, where 1 level tablespoon of ground coffee. You can make this as a starting point where you can adjust base on your personal taste.
If your coffee grounds are too fine, you may work on adjusting the amount of coffee used as noted above. But if you are grinding your own coffee beans try grinding it slightly coarser. This will decrease the contact time and provides weaker brew.
These are some of the indications and factors that your coffee flavor is not good.
First is the quality of your coffee. Make sure to only use Arabica coffee beans which is in a good and fresh state. Next to consider is the quality of your water. Most of the time it is the water that will determine if you are having a good or bad coffee. The most common taste is a chlorine flavor that can be eliminated by using filter water. Nowadays, coffee makers use charcoal filter which needs to be replaced at least every 3 months. Make sure to maintain a hygienic container and the best way to filter is with household water filter. You can also use bottled water, but not distilled water in a coffee maker. If you have hard water, use a water softener or filtered water. Lastly, if everything is fine but your coffee itself is not, then it’s time for you to change your coffee. If you have a bad coffee for sure you won’t enjoy the coffee brand or the origin of the coffee.
You may take note of these tips as well if you have a pot of overflowing basket even after checking the cup size, it’s either you’re grinding too fine and it clogged on the filter of your coffee pot. So, if you have this issue you have to figure out how much coffee the basket will hold as well as the water. Like, if your filter basket holds 8 scoops (16 tbsp) without overflowing fall back to 48 oz (8 x 6 cups) of water.
But how much coffee for 4 cups?
There’s no accurate measurement on this because it varies on size, packing and consistency to ensure consistent results. Based on readings, the recommended amount of coffee, by weight is approximately 30 grams (1 ounce) per 12-16 oz of water. So if you have 4 cups (at 6 oz per cup) you would want 60 grams (2 ounces) of coffee. You can weigh your water as well, 32 ounce pot (6 cups or three mugs). But at the end it is you who will decide for the ratio that perfectly suits your taste preference.