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Posted Fri Jan 27, 2006, 8:19pm
Subject: Tablespoon/gram conversion?
 

As I have yet not decided on a gram scale (per my recent post), what is the gram weight of a coffee ground between espresso and drip (1 tbsp worth)?  I'm trying to fine tune my new Krups Moka Brewer, and am trying to get a good benchmark.

Today I went with 3 tbsp (level, ground coffee), 16oz of water, and a finer-than-drip grind.  My grinder does produce a lot of powder, which I'll be more careful to get rid of.  It stalled/dramatically slowed the last bits of water coming through, and the coffee tastes a bit weak still for me.  I'm curious as to about where I am relative to the 1g/oz starting point that most people recommend with this brewer.

For reference, my current favorite coffee is freshly roasted, freshly ground Celebes at slightly coarser-than-drip, through a french press.  4tbsp whole beans to 12 oz water, 3 minute steep time.  Definately some sludge, but oh what a full, delicous cup that is!  Note:  I do use a bit of milk and a touch of sugar, so that's not quite full strength.

I must say, I'm having a lot of fun experimenting with different methods of making coffee, and its the start of a great journey!  Oh, and my replacement grinder is en-route, so that'll improve things all around.  :^)

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Posted Sat Jan 28, 2006, 6:52am
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One tsp is 5cc and tblsp is 15 cc. One cc H2O weighs 1 gm, tblsp H2O weighs 15 gms. Water isn't ground coffee and I use a coffee measure with unground beans. 2 1/2 to 3 2Tblsp measures for around a 12 oz cup of fp. Not exact or extremely consistent but it works for me.

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Posted Sat Jan 28, 2006, 9:47pm
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One level tablespoon of ground regular coffee weighs between 4.5 grams and about 7 grams, depending on roast, age, etc. I don't know about decaf. You need to discover what's right for you depending on the coffee you have at hand. One particular weight per volume or tablespoons per volume is not likely to be your preference for any and all coffees.
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Christopher_01
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Posted Sun Jan 29, 2006, 8:55am
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Thank you counting, that's what I was looking for.  That at least gets me in the ballpark!

Holy cow Marvin, I guess my FP is pretty weak compared to what you make.  Perhaps I am a "coffee lightweight"!  :^)

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