How many ounces are in a 12 cup coffee pot?

In this brief guide, we will answer ‘how many ounces are there in a 12 cup coffee pot?’ Also, we will see simple ways to brew the perfect cup of coffee using your coffee pot.  

How many ounces are in a 12 cup coffee pot?

With a 12 cup coffee pot, you can brew up to 60 ounces of coffee. If you use a standard cup of 8 ounces for your coffee, the coffee pot will yield around 7 to 7.5 cups of coffee. Different types of brews (pouring water, french press, expresso, turkish) may need different amounts of ground coffee (1).

How many spoons of coffee for a cup of coffee in a coffee pot?

The majority of the coffee pot calls for 7 to 8 grams of coffee or 1.18 to 1.35 teaspoons of coffee per cup of water for normal tasting coffee. However, this depends on many factors, such as the roasting and grinding method, geographical origin and species of the coffee, storage conditions of the roasted or ground coffee, brewing method and brewing time (1).

How to brew a perfect cup of coffee in a coffee pot?

There are a few factors that play a vital role to make the perfect cup of coffee. These factors are the grind of your coffee, the water to coffee ratio, type of water used and the machine you are using. Let’s have a deeper look at these factors below;

The grinding  of coffee

The grinding is a crucial step for coffee brew preparation. In roasted whole beans, the volatiles and the chemical compounds are entrapped in cells and they barely can dissolve in hot water. After grinding, the beans are reduced to small particles having micro- and mesoscale dimension (from few micrometers to ∽1,000 μm) from which volatiles may be released and chemical compounds are easily dissolved in hot water, giving the worldwide appreciated aroma. Consistently, from coffee powder about 60% of aroma is lost during the first 15 min after grinding. For this reason, coffee brews should be rapidly prepared, with the aim to keep its aroma as much as possible (1).

The grind or the fineness of your coffee grounds plays a vital role in the taste and strength of your coffee. All sorts of coffee makers call for different coffee grounds. There are four most used ground types, namely,

  • Medium grind – used by standard coffee makers with a flat paper filter
  • Medium-fine grind – used for pour-over or cone-shaped filters
  • Medium-coarse grind – used for French press or Chemex
  • Coarse grind – used for cold brews

The ratio

Standard coffee to water ratio for brewing coffee calls for 1 – 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 6 ounces of water. 1 tablespoon for a lighter coffee and 2 tablespoons for a stronger cup of coffee.

The 6-ounce measure is equal to ‘one cup’ in a standard coffee maker, but the standard mug size is close to 8 – 12 ounces or more in size.

A ratio of 7 g/25 mL is commonly used to prepare an Italian espresso coffee, 12 g/200 mL are adopted for American or filtered, while 8 g/100 mL and 5 g/50 mL are used for French and Turkish coffee brew, respectively. Moreover, extraction time is subject to a huge variability. Taking into account the difference in coffee powder/water ratio, several authors highlighted that about 25 s are necessary to prepare an Espresso coffee and 5–7 min would be needed for American and French coffee brews (1).


Water makes the most of your coffee so the quality of water matters for the perfect cup of coffee. Pure water produces the best tasting coffee while hard water because of its higher mineral content may result in severe mineral buildup in your coffee maker.

Automatic coffee makers use electricity to heat the water for you while if you are using a French press or pour-over filters you need to add water just below it to boil (200 degrees F or 93 degrees C) for optimal flavors. 

Studies showed that the ideal temperature for coffee brewing depends on the brewing method. For brewing in a percolator, the ideal temperature is 100 °C, for espresso machines it is 90 °C and for french press is also 90 °C (1).

The machine

The kind of coffee maker is totally us to you and every type serves a different purpose and has its own benefits. At home automatic coffee makers are the simplest to use, just pour some water in their tank, add a coffee filter and your coffee grounds and you are good to go. 

Drip filter or American coffee brew is prepared using an automatic machine equipped of a tank in which the water is heated (92–96°C), a container in which, using a single-use paper filter, is placed the roasted coffee powder. At the bottom of the device, a glass flask collects the coffee beverage. The moka apparatus consists of a metallic tank base, used as a water boiler, a metallic filter to contain the coffee powder, and the cylindrical tank on the upper part in which the coffee brew is collected. The extraction happens when boiling water is forced through the filter, containing the coffee ground, up to the tank in which is collected the coffee beverage (1).

A French press or pour-over coffee makers are a bit more involved, it needs practice and patience to get a hold of them. For making the perfect cup of coffee using French press or pour-over visit the links.

How many spoons of coffee for a 12 cup coffee pot?

To fill a standard 12 cups of coffee makers you need 12 – 24 tablespoons or ¾ to 1 and ½ cups of ground coffee. This will yield 12 servings to fill your 6-ounce cups or 6 servings to fill your 12 ounces standard coffee mugs.

Are there any more standard cup sizes for coffee pots?

Yes, there are coffee makers that offer a 6 cup coffee pot. This 6 cup coffee pot can brew 30 fluid ounces worth of coffee in a single-use. This type of coffee pot will need 6 – 12 tablespoons of ground coffee and fill up to 6 servings of around 5 ounces or 3 servings of around 10 fluid ounces.

How to brew the perfect cup of coffee?

By following a few simple tips you can ensure to get the consistently flavourful and perfect brew.

To make your coffee, start by cleaning your coffee maker to make sure that no previous stale residue compromises the flavor of your fresh batch.

Use 1 – 2 tablespoons (7 to 14 grams) of coffee grounds per cup of pure and filtered water.

Brew your coffee and enjoy.

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In this brief guide, we answered ‘how many ounces are there in a 12 cup coffee pot?’ Also, we have looked into a few simple ways to brew the perfect cup of coffee using your coffee pot.  

Hopefully, you found this guide helpful. If you have any questions or comments please let us know.


  1. Severini, Carla, et al. How much caffeine in coffee cup? Effects of processing operations, extraction methods and variables. The Question of Caffeine, 2017, 45-85.