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AzleGeorge
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Posted Mon Feb 23, 2009, 10:12am
Subject: How much coffee per cup?
 

This may sound awfully silly but I just have to know.  Is there a preferred amount of coffee per cup?

I have enjoyed coffee all my life but not until retirement and travelling around did I really start enjoying better coffee.  Recently I assembled the little Stir Crazy/convection oven home roaster, roasted a few small batches now so am officially hooked on roasting my own beans.

While trying to see whether I liked a light or dark roast using the same beans, I also started varying the amount of coffee beans I used for a 12 cup brew.  This has resulted in some really flavorful, fantastic tasting coffee!

Keep in mind I have been accustomed to the "over roasted" Starbucks blends for several years and am used to the jet black, stout, grow hair on the back of your throat coffee.

So, with all that said, is there some sort of a "standard" measure for ground coffee per cup, or in my case, "beans per cup".  I use a Cuisanart 12 cup brewer, the one that grinds it's own beans.  With all the cupping going on, there must be a standard measure or at least a starting point.

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Posted Mon Feb 23, 2009, 10:31am
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One heaping tablespoon is the standard per cup is what i have been led to believe, but again its a matter of taste.  I use a used bunn portion control grinder for my drip LPG series i got off ebay for $250 in perfect shape and made coffee to my liking first and i weighed each before i brewed the pot.  When i found what i liked i set the bunn (easy job) to the same weight and was good to go!

If you long for the *$ taste you can always get out a hammer and powder a Kingsford lump of charcoal and add it to the pot to get that burnt bitter taste back if your taste buds are healing to quickly, and you feel the need to punish them for it.

I roast my own coffee too and would never go back to store bought,  the most taste is extracted from the bean when roasted to just the beginning of the 2nd crack pulled and cooled,  in home roasting the cooling is just as important as the roast to keep from baking the beans
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Posted Mon Feb 23, 2009, 10:38am
Subject: Re: How much coffee per cup?
 

George,

Welcome to the CoffeeGeek forums.

Around here, the generally accepted amount for drip coffee is 7 grams per 125ml of water (about 4 oz of water).  Each brewer uses a different "cup" measure -- some use a 4-oz cup, some 5, some 6. You'll have to measure the cup designations on your carafe to know.

After that starting point, adjust to your own taste preference.

Also, see here.

 
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Posted Mon Feb 23, 2009, 12:05pm
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pilgrim5 Said:

One heaping tablespoon is the standard per cup is what i have been led to believe, but again its a matter of taste.  I use a used bunn portion control grinder for my drip LPG series i got off ebay for $250 in perfect shape and made coffee to my liking first and i weighed each before i brewed the pot.  When i found what i liked i set the bunn (easy job) to the same weight and was good to go!

If you long for the *$ taste you can always get out a hammer and powder a Kingsford lump of charcoal and add it to the pot to get that burnt bitter taste back if your taste buds are healing to quickly, and you feel the need to punish them for it.

I roast my own coffee too and would never go back to store bought,  the most taste is extracted from the bean when roasted to just the beginning of the 2nd crack pulled and cooled,  in home roasting the cooling is just as important as the roast to keep from baking the beans

Posted February 23, 2009 link

What a dumb idea!  Why waste a perfectly good briquette when all I need to do is scrape some of the crust from underneath the BBQ grill ! :)

Thanks for sharing your idea about cooling beans in another thread a few days ago.  I made a contraption using a metal collander, plastic pot with the shop vac hose in the bottom.  I taped off about half the collander to give more of a rush of ambient air past where the beans are and it actually works better than blowing them with compressed air.
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Posted Mon Feb 23, 2009, 12:10pm
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Dana,

Thanks for the measurements and the link.  It would appear that I have been using WAY too much coffee.  I guess I figured the "Max fill line" in the bean container of the coffee maker I use doesn't necessarily mean "Fill to here"!

Good thing I have lots of time on my hands, there is so much to learn!
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Posted Tue Feb 24, 2009, 11:21am
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Having a compressor blowing that dank bad smelling air with water mixed in it almost a too fine a mist to see on your coffee beans i did not think was a good idea?  In the act of compressing air you always wind up with water in the compressor tank and it dose not take long to smell like a musty basement and make all your beans taste like Sumatra's  

When your tired of messing with the Stir crazy and convection oven try a bread machine and a heat gun i love it and works way better than the SC/CO set up and can do a pound easily. You get the bread machine from the good will or a thrift store look for one with a metal impeller and if you can find it a 2 pound loaf size one, chamber is much deeper in the 2 pounder and there dirt cheap from the Goodwill store.  The heat gun can be had cheap from Harbor Fright or off ebay easy to control and you can see and smell your beans roasting but its messy with the chaff blowing back out the vacuum cleaner can be used to clean up that chaff mess in a snap! On the up side you wind up with very little chaff mixed in with you beans nice n clean.

The bread machine only is used to stir the beans on the dough cycle and the heat gun supplied all the heat
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Posted Sat Feb 28, 2009, 6:45am
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But you should take note that measuring coffee/cup with a 'ground coffee measure' can give you variability, as ground coffee can be loose or compressed.

I have a scoop that gives me 15 gm of whole beans, pretty accurately.  Beans can be a bit larger or smaller but they don't compress.  I scoop the beans into an empty grinder.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 3, 2009, 8:04pm
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well that depends on the roast and how you like your coffee.  I do a french press but I wil do drip when I have company.  I use 1 heaping teaspoon per cup.
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