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How To Measure Coffee Without A Scoop

Are you wondering if it’s possible to measure coffee without a scoop?

Perhaps you are one of those few coffee lovers who, at times they drink their coffee too bland, you may think a stingy person made it; next time they brew a coffee that tastes as acrid as a witch’s concoction?

You’re not alone; I was once one of those people.

The good news is it is pretty easy to measure your coffee without a scoop.

The secret lies in what I call the “spot on ratio,” which is the perfect coffee-to-water ratio.

For most serious coffee drinkers, that ends up being 1 gram of coffee for every 16 grams of water, or a 1:16 ratio.

In this article, you will learn a thing or two about measuring coffee without a scoop and which tricks to use to ensure that it tastes the same every time you brew a cup of coffee. 

Why does measuring coffee without a scoop matter?

Measuring your coffee right is one of the most crucial things, especially for coffee lovers.

When you measure your coffee intake accurately, you will stand a chance to enjoy every cup of coffee that you will have.

Besides, you won’t find yourself making a cup of coffee that you will later pour down the drain because you couldn’t finish it.

What makes measuring a coffee a challenge for most people is that measurements can be misleading and nearly impossible to master.

But nothing is impossible for people who can’t function with a caffeine fix, suitable?

Ways To Measure Coffee Without A Scoop

Use the following tips to measure your coffee without a scoop:

1. Try using a tablespoon. 

An easy option is using tablespoon.

Keep this in mind, at least six grams of whole coffee beans fit in nicely in a tablespoon.

Once you know this, it will become easy to measure the exact amount of your coffee intake on a tablespoon.

So to make a tasty cup of coffee, you’ll need approximately 22 grams of coffee, which is four tablespoons or fewer.

For instance, if you work out your coffee intake in numerical terms, it will look a little something like this: 350ml cup of coffee (6:350 = 1:1). Got it?

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2. Use a scale to measure your coffee.

If you are one of those lucky people who own a scale, you can also use it to measure your coffee.

You can even use a kitchen scale for coffee.

Remember, when measuring coffee, you shouldn’t include water and the container’s mass.

A rule of thumb:

Adjust your scale to zero before you start measuring coffee.

You will then use a container with water and make a mental note of how much each weighs.

This way, it will be easy for you to divide the figure by six or a 1:6 ratio. 

3. Count out the coffee beans

This may be taking it a bit too far, but if you are serious about your coffee measurement counting the whole beans is good alternative to using a scoop.

Here’s what you need to know, it takes around 7 whole coffee beans to equal one gram of coffee.

So, if you need 22 grams of coffee, you need to count out 154 whole coffee beans for the correct measurement.

Told you it may be a bit much.

4. Consider the accuracy of your measurement. 

While measuring coffee is pretty easy, that doesn’t mean measurements will always be 100% accurate.

There are times when you will be beside the mark by 5% or more.

Sometimes you are likely to get a different measurement because of the brand of coffee you’re brewing or how you prepare your coffee.

How do you avoid this?

Well, you do this by constantly striving to measure your water and spoon accurately.

Closing thoughts

Measuring your coffee will depend on two key things: what you use to measure it and how meticulous you’re when measuring your coffee.

Anyone who uses only a spoon to measure it is likely to make the mistake of occasionally getting measurements wrong.

This shouldn’t worry you; it’s shared.

Just avoid repeating the same mistake, again and again.

Even more important, avoid switching from one brand to another more frequently.

Ideally, your goal should be to drink a good cup of coffee every day. 

1 thought on “How To Measure Coffee Without A Scoop”

  1. I use a scale to weigh my beans, and even my water for utmost consistency. The Specialty Coffee Association has a “golden” ratio of 18 to 1, water to coffee. I find that a little weak for my taste, and use a ratio of 17 to 1. I drink my coffee black, if I were to put sugar and cream in it, then I might possibly brew it stronger.


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