People nowadays have been spoiled by technology. Instant communication, instant entertainment, instant food – everything can now be had in an instant! The convenience is great, but when we develop a passion for things, we take the time to make something we enjoy. Some photographers go back to processing film despite digital photography. Some writers still use typewriters despite word processors. And a lot of coffee lovers choose to learn how to brew their own coffee.
Brewing your coffee is not as difficult as you may think. To have a consistent coffee experience, however, it is important to know your coffee measures.
A standard teacup holds 6 ounces of liquid. This is what a “cup” in a coffee maker stands for. Coffee mugs are significantly larger, holding around 9 ounces of liquid. The amount of coffee to use for each cup will ultimately rely on the brewer but as a starting point, 10.6 grams for a filter cup or 7.5 grams for an espresso shot would be good. If you prefer mugs, 15 to 15.9 grams is recommended. Double espressos would also need 15.9 grams of coffee.
Measuring in weight for fractions of a gram is only realistic with a digital scale. Without one, it is easier to use volume. Roughly two tablespoonfuls of ground coffee should be good for each cup (Harris, 2020), and about three tablespoons for a mug. If you prefer making espresso, the same measures apply to single and double espressos respectively.
A single coffee bean weighs in at around 132.5 milligrams, which is equivalent to 0.1325 grams. If you do the math, that all works out to about 50 – 60 beans for each cup of coffee or single espresso and 100 – 120 beans for a mug or double espresso.
Using the number of coffee beans to measure out your cup of coffee isn’t recommended though. Aside from being a tiresome ordeal imagine counting sixty beans whenever you want a cup of coffee!) it is also the least reliable. A lot of factors can affect the taste of your coffee.
Coffee is a worldwide drink. As with any international food, it varies in each country and culture. Italian coffee might use 14 grams of coffee for a double espresso while Australians might like it stronger at 22 grams. Other factors also contribute greatly to the quality of a cup of coffee – the type of beans, the freshness of the beans, the roasting method, the quality and size of the grind, brewing temperatures and time – just to name the most common.
The perfect cup of coffee is a bit like life itself. One should seek to enjoy the journey, as the destination usually comes when you least expect it! The most important thing to keep in mind is that the most important step is the first. After that, just keep experimenting until you happen upon that perfect cup!