How much coffee for a 10-cup pot? (+5 steps)

In this article, we will answer the question “How much coffee for a 10-cup pot?”, and how to make French press coffee?

How much coffee for a 10-cup pot?

To make 10 6oz cups of coffee, 10-20 tablespoons of coffee grounds are required. practically, 3.5-4.5oz of coffee is needed to make 10 6oz cups. 

As per the SCAA guidelines, Following SCAA guidelines, 3.5oz of grounds is needed to make 10 6oz cups of coffee. 

So a 12 oz. bag will yield about 45-52 cups of espresso. In short, 2.3-2.6oz ground coffee is required to make 10 cups of espresso.

How much coffee per cup?

Keeping th1 1:18 “Golden ratio” in mind and SCAA definition of 5 fl. oz as a “cup”. 150 ml / 18 = 8.3 grams of coffee per 5 fl. oz cup. 

A regular cup is 240ml but coffee manufacturers will specify a cup that contains 5 oz. of liquid or 150 ml (milliliters).

Cups (brewed, 5 fl. oz. each)Grams of coffee Tablespoons 

What is the Golden ratio or the best ratio?

1:18 is the golden ratio of coffee ground to the water volume(ml). This standard ratio was proposed by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). However, the best ratio is what sits you the best. 

You can use the standard or Golden ratio. But If you do not enjoy your coffee that way, feel free to make amends because It is your cup of coffee!


To avoid confusion, your best bet is to measure everything in grams or milliliters. A single cup of coffee has 16 tablespoons of coffee ground in it. This means 1 tbsp equals 1/16th cup while 2 tbsp equals ⅛ cup or 10.6g.

Scoops of coffee 

5 grams or 1tbsp of coffee si the same as 1 scoop of coffee. Most coffee machines use scoops that contains 2 tbsp of ground coffee each. 

Double-sided coffee scoops contain 1 tbsp at one end and 2tbsp at the other end. A rule of thumb is to use 2 tbsp (10g of coffee) per 180 mL (6 fl. oz) of water.

Specialty Coffee Association Of America (SCAA) Standards 

A cup measures 6 ounces (180 ml) of water before brewing. It will give us 5.33 oz. of brewed coffee which is equivalent to 125 ml & 110 ml for Euro-style coffee makers. A measuring cup that equals 240ml is different from a coffee cup. 

The SCAA standards regard 10 grams or 0.36 oz per 6-oz (180 ml) cup as the correct measure for brewed coffee. Therefore, we can make the following deductions. 

The standard size of a pot may or may not be 6 oz. Therefore, check the size of your pot before making measurements.

  • 3.75 oz (106 grams) per ½ gallon (64 oz, 10.6 cups)
  • 55 grams per liter (33 oz, 5.5 cups)
  • 1 lb. (454 grams, 16 oz) per 2.25 gallons (288 oz, 48 cups)
  • Percolator: 1 lb. (16 oz) per 100 cup (600 oz)

How to make the perfect French Press coffee?

Weigh your coffee and water

Coffee beans vary in their densities. Therefore, you must weigh your water and coffee beans in the correct ratio to get the perfect brew every time. Another tip for the perfect brew is to use good quality water and fresh beans. 

Old beans will not impart maximum flavor to the brew. If you are going to use tap water, do not take any risk and taste it before using it.

Wet the grinds first

Do not pour all the hot water in the french press at once. Start with a little water which is enough to dissolve the coffee grounds. Wait for 30 seconds and proceed with adding the rest of the water carefully.

This step also allows CO2 to escape. This keeps your coffee from developing an undesirable sour aftertaste.

Stir 1 minute

When you pour all the water into the french press, the coffee grounds may rise to the top. Take a clean spoon and give it a gentle stir until the beans have settled at the bottom.

Brew for 4-5 minutes

The brewing time starts right after the water has come into contact with the coffee grounds. Use a timer on your mobile or a stopwatch to brew your coffee for the right time.

Plunge and pour

After 4-5 minutes of brewing, gently press the plunger down and pour the brew into mugs. If it is not to be consumed immediately, transfer it to another container to avoid over-extraction.


In this article, we answered the question “How much coffee for a 10-cup pot?”, and how to make French press coffee?


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