How many Coffee Beans are in a cup of Coffee? (The 1 Golden Ratio)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, ‘How many coffee beans are in a cup of coffee?’. We will consider the factors that impact the weight of coffee beans that we need. Then we discuss the method that helps to ensure the precision of the number of coffee beans.

How many Coffee Beans are in a cup of coffee?

One of the most well-kept secrets in the cooking world is the secret to the perfect cup of coffee. The most common answer is that attention to detail is important while making coffee. However, there are multiple aspects e.g., the amount of coffee that you need per cup.

 You should focus on the dosage of coffee beans, or crushed coffee/coffee grounds you need to add to your cup. 

Now, this may differ according to individual needs and wants. Sometimes, you have to experiment and find out what works best for you, but it still pays to have a starting point around.

Cups and beans also vary in size. The intensity or strength that people prefer in their coffee, varies with preference.

The Americans like their coffee weak compared to the Italians. When it comes to coffee, there is not a usual one size fits all approach.

First of all, though, you should know about the different ways to measure out your coffee beans or their crushed version.

The standard dose of Coffee beans

The standard dose for a single cup of coffee is 7 grams per cup. According to industrial suggestion for a coffee shot, that makes 56 coffee beans.

In tablespoons, you need 2 for 6 ounces of coffee. Two tablespoons of coffee are equal to 0.38 ounces or 10.6 grams. You can adjust the amount of beans according to the cups of coffee you are preparing.

The exact ratio for water to coffee beans is 18:1. For 18 ml of water, you need 1 g of coffee. In a single shot of coffee, approximately 7 grams of coffee beans are added, while for double shots of espresso that will be 14 grams.

The estimates given above are for roasted coffee beans. If you buy and then roast them, the yield of roasted beans decreases. 

How many Coffee beans do I need?

The simplest technique of measuring coffee beans is to use a digital kitchen scale. Take your coffee beans, pop them into a light container, and set the container on the kitchen scale.

Most kitchen scales have a button labeled as ‘Tare’.  On pressing, it cancels out the weight of your container, so you get a precise reading.

However,  if your scale does not have that option, all you need to do is make a note of the empty container’s weight, and subtract it from the total weight of both coffee beans and container combined.

The typical dose of coffee used per cup is two tablespoons of ground coffee, or: zero point three eight (0.38) ounces or ten-point six (10.6) grams of whole coffee beans.

To make the coffee amount easy to remember, expert coffee-brewers stick to the golden ratio of coffee. Worded as clearly and as less complicated as possible, this ratio is a single gram of coffee grounds for every eighteen milliliters of water. 

How many coffee beans should I add?

 However, once you have gotten the hang of measuring the coffee, you can experiment with the golden ratio to tailor your cup of coffee to your unique tastes.

One thing you keep in mind is that coffee beans are measured in weight, and coffee is measured in volume. It can get puzzling to keep track of your ingredients. To combat this convert everything into uncomplicated measurements. The standardized coffee measurement is about two tablespoons, which is equal to one-eight of your usual cup.

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Brewed versus Expressed Coffee

Another thing to keep in mind is the method that you use to brew the coffee. This will also have a hand in affecting the perfect amount of coffee per cup. 

If you are using a drip coffee machine, the grounds are loosely packed. Here, you are free to use fewer coffee beans.

 However, when utilizing an espresso machine, you will have to use more beans to pack them tightly into the coffee puck. Here you can change the amount of beans or crushed grounds you use.

To conclude, the best thing to do is to measure your coffee with a digital scale. Use the ‘TARE’ option or subtract the weight of the container from your overall weight.

 Start with the golden ratio, and then experiment to figure out what suits you best.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, ‘How many coffee beans are in a cup of coffee?’. We also considered the factors that impact the weight of coffee beans that we need. Then we discussed the method that helps to ensure the precision of the number of coffee beans.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.