12 cups of coffee

How many tablespoons of coffee for 12 cups?

Brewing a coffee is easy, but brewing a perfect coffee isn’t, it requires the correct apparatus, the right amount of coffee powder, the right amount of heat/cold, and many more. Few people prefer their coffee to be normal and few prefer it to be strong. Strong coffee in the sense, the coffee powder content in the beverage is more, the more it is the stronger the coffee will be. That’s how few people prefer black coffee, for the strongness it has. 

Now getting back to the question, “How many tablespoons of coffee for 12 cups?” The answer is still dependent on you and the consumer, but for a standard 12-cup coffee maker with a standard cup size of around 350 - 400 ml, you require 12-24 tablespoons of ground coffee. Where 12-15 tablespoons are the low caffeine and smooth coffee; 16-20 tablespoons for strong coffee; and 20-24 tablespoons for very strong coffee, which is preferred by very few people. 

What Are Scoops Of Coffee?

By the term scoops, all we remember is ice cream, but this is also used in coffee. In regards to coffee, a scoop means the amount of ground coffee used in preparing a single cup of coffee. The size of the scoop is varied depending on various factors. In general, a scoop of ground coffee powder is equal to 10 grams, which can yield a strong coffee. 

However some scoops may be larger and some scoops may be smaller, and even though the scoop is standard size the cup is small size or large size. Hence, the scoop measurement in coffee is usually not preferred, rather tablespoon measurement or grams measurement is used as they are always standard. 

Use one scoop of coffee per cup for drip coffee

Usually when the coffee is made manually then it is called regular coffee, and the measurement used in making regular coffee is tablespoons for calculating the ground coffee powder. And when the coffee is made through a drip machine, then it is called drip coffee, where the coffee is extracted drop by drop making it much tastier. And the measurement technique followed in making a drip coffee is a scoop.

The usual rule for making coffee through a drip machine is to use one scoop of ground coffee per cup of water. This is the standard protocol followed by everyone who uses a drip coffee machine. Because this method of using one scoop of coffee powder for one cup of water yielded better results, that is perfect taste, and flavor and not too strong or too weak.

Why Should We Measure Coffee?

You always need to remember that a perfect blend of coffee is achieved only when every step involved in making the coffee is precise and perfect. To achieve your stress-relieving, tasty, brain-calming coffee, you need to measure it right. In other measuring coffee is necessary to maintain consistency, that is to maintain the same flavor and aroma every time; have the accuracy, that is to have the proper blend of powder, milk/water, sugar and etc; waste reduction; and cost savings. So measuring coffee can yield better taste and better quality of the coffee.


The ratios 1:15 and 1:16 refer to the recommended coffee and water usage while making a coffee. Where the first term in the ratio “1” refers to 1 gram of coffee powder and the second term in the ratio “15 or 16” refers to 15 or 16 grams of water. So for every 1 gram of coffee powder, we need to use 15 or 16 grams of water to get a perfectly blended coffee. This ratio is applicable only in pour-over coffee - the coffee that is made manually by a person.

5 Tips For Making Coffee For 12 Cups Of Coffee

Making one cup of coffee is easy and can get better results when compared to making 12 cups of coffee, as it requires coffee-making experience, patience, and knowledge of how the coffee works. Here are a few tips for you to make 12 cups of coffee

  1. Always choose the coffee beans or powder that you are experienced with.
  2. Measure the coffee and water/milk perfectly, using the 1:15 ratio rule or the 1:16 ratio rule.
  3. Try using filtered water, as filtered water always yield better results with a perfect blend.
  4. Brew it in a large vessel with a large base, so that heat is spread evenly, and heat it for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Serve them in cups and don’t add the sugar, instead serve the sugar separately.

Take Away

Making coffee is also an art, consistency can bring you better results. Try the above tips and see the results for yourself. A final tip for you, strong coffees have high caffeine content which can have negative effects in long term, so consume normal coffee or medium strong coffee.


How much is 1 scoop to cup?

As mentioned earlier, the scoop size can differ depending on various factors, however, the standard scoop size is equal to 10 grams of coffee, which can get you a strong coffee.

What is the standard scoop size?

The standard scoop size is equal to two tablespoons, and in ice cream terms it can be filled as ½ cup. 

Does 1 scoop equal 1 tablespoon?

No, 1 scoop is not equal to 1 tablespoon, 1 scoop is equal to two tablespoons. 1 scoop is equal to 1 tablespoon only when the scoop apparatus is smaller than the regular one.


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