How Much Coffee to Put in Coffee Maker?

You’re here because you’re already getting tired of experimenting, balancing, and estimating the amount of coffee that goes into your coffee maker, right? No more worries, we’re here to make things easy for you. We’ve got you some tried and tested quantities that have shown to bring out really amazing results. So, let’s get to the topic; how much coffee to put in coffee maker?

A general rule of thumb implies that you put two tablespoons or 10.6 grams (We know, you like tablespoons better) in a single serving of coffee i.e. a cup of 6 ounces.

However, that’s not all you should know. To really master the art of coffee measuring, you need to be aware of the other factors too that affect the quantities and consistencies of coffee/coffee grounds. 



Personal preference 

The strength and flavor of your cup of coffee depend on your personal preferences. You can add and reduce the amount a little here and a little there till you achieve your desired results. 

Experimenting is much easier when you’ve got the standard measurements. You are not much far away from reaching the ‘perfect’ amount of coffee that goes into your coffee maker.

The type of Coffee

While the measurements are applicable to all types of coffees across the board, the weight of coffee beans vary from type to type. Even the taste can vary. 

For example, if you’re using Arabica (being the most common type in North America, we assume you’re) then you’re good to go with two tablespoons of it. Arabica is sweeter, as compared to the other types, and delicate flavored coffee bean having a less acidic profile. 

On the other hand, if you’re using Robusta, you may want to reduce the amount of coffee to 1.5 tablespoons as this one has a strong flavor. It has extremely high levels of caffeine, giving us another reason to reduce the quantity. 


Here are some good coffee scales that’ll assist you in measuring accurately. 


HuiSmart Digital Coffee Scale

The HuiSmart Digital Coffee Scale is one of the best coffee scales available. It has a timer as well as tare feature. You can measure your grounds or beans in any unit. Measuring your coffee grounds becomes really convenient with its tare feature. Moreover, it offers not only measurements in ounces and grams but also unit conversion to pounds, kilograms, and millilitres. 

The maximum load capacity is up to 3 kgs. Although branded as a coffee maker, it’s an all purpose kitchen scale that you can routinely use to measure anything with. 

It automatically shuts down after 4 minutes of inactivity, making it environment-friendly as well.

The LCD display is super clear and easy to read. It’s backlit for an easy-to-read display even in dim lights. Other than the measurement itself, it shows a low battery and an overload indication.


NEXT-SHINE Rechargeable Kitchen Scale

The NEXT-SHINE Digital Rechargeable Kitchen Scale is another great scale made to make your life easy. It’s an avant-garde equipment made with a precise sensing technology that can weigh quite accurately, with variations of only +/- 0.1 g and 0.01 oz. You need to put a bowl on it, reset your scale, put the beans or grounds, and it will generate the most reliable results. Quite simple, isn’t it?

The USB charging mode gives us another reason to like it. Though there is an option to put batteries, you can charge it anywhere and anytime by connecting it to any USB port available. 

It provides 9 units of measurement; the basics as well as ounces troy, grains, carat, and teraliter.

The stainless steel tray is food grade and dust-proof. Moreover, the whole body is light, easy to store, and easy to carry. 

The LCD display has clear backlight. Interaction is intuitive. You can adjust the scale to auto shut off. The display will also warn you when you exceed the maximum bearable weight i.e. 5 kgs. 


REEXBON Kitchen Scale

Next on our list is the REEXBON kitchen scale. Again, this one’s really good in its game. The results are always accurate. 

What we like the best about this kitchen scale is it’s sleek and futuristic layout. The interaction is touch sensitive rather than pressable buttons. 

You can charge it in two ways; either you put 2 AAA batteries or charge it through a USB port. Designed with stainless  steel, tempered glass and ABS plastic, it is slim, light weighted, and sturdy as well. So, this kitchen scale won’t bound you to your kitchen and you can take anywhere with you. 

The scale automatically turns off after 2 minutes of inactivity. 

The least amount of weight that it needs to operate is around 2 to 3 grams. That’d be fine with the coffee measurements as the least, maybe half a cup of coffee, would still require 5 grams of coffee. 

Additionally, this product comes with a warranty of one year and a lifetime of product consultation, Reexbon doing a good job at valuing its customers, right? 


What are the other factors you can look into to make that perfect cup of coffee ? Let’s take a look. 


Coffee beans

First and foremost, your coffee beans should be of good quality if not high-end or the costly ones. As far as they are of good quality, you can expect good to best results, depending on your procedure. 

The type of coffee beans also determines how much coffee to put in coffee maker.

Doubtlessly, your coffee can not taste the best with pre-ground coffee beans. The aroma and the flavor that freshly ground beans give to your cup of coffee is unmatched hands down.

Unfortunately, messing up while grinding the beans is quite common. You can over-grind or under-grind, you can burn them, or you can get the natural oils in the coffee to get badly extracted. All of this is going to end up in a badly brewed coffee, no matter how good your beans were. 

However, overcoming these problems is easy too. Add some good knowledge of coffee grinding do’s and don’ts to your inventory  and lots of love and passion for your cup of joe and you’re there! Sipping the yummiest coffee ever.


Get a burr coffee grinder

Burr coffee grinders are specifically designed to get the most out of coffee beans. Unlike the blade coffee grinders, that chop and slice the coffee beans, the burr grinders mince and crush each and every bean passing through its conical or flat burrs. 

To have an idea of how much you should be spending on a coffee grinder, you can visit this guide.

Each and every coffee bean is crushed and consistency and equity is made sure throughout the grounds. 

On the other hand, the blade grinders prove bad for grinding coffee beans. The blades, as they rotate, create heat that messes up with the beans’ natural oils while affecting the flavor badly. You need to have brief pauses during grinding or pulsing to avoid such problems. 

Moreover, you can not get that finest particle size with a blade grinder needed for your espresso shots.

Let the blade grinders deal with your spices and get a burr grinder for your coffee beans.

burr grinder



This factor goes hand in hand with the type and quality of grinder that you’re using. A bad grinder can affect the consistency of the grounds which in turn affects the flavor of your coffee. 

Grounds consisting of coarse to fine and sizes in between tend to brew a bitter flavoring coffee. Coarse particles in the fine grounds for espresso, make an espresso shot tasteless. While, the fine particles in your coarse grounds for a French press will pass through your filter making your French press harsh and bitter.

Meanwhile, take a look at these beautiful coffee maker, some of which already have built-in scales or measuring scoops with them.

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