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I recently bought a package of shade grown, organic, free trade coffee and was reading the direction to see how much coffee it called for. It calls for 2 tablespoons of grounds to 6oz (3/4cup) of water. I hate weak coffee, but that seems like a bit much. Our 12 cup coffee maker wouldn't even hold the recommended amount of grounds (2 cups, if my math is correct).
Anyways, I much prefer a 1 tablespoon grounds to 1 cup water ratio. My parents make it with 1/2TBSP to 1 Cup and I can only describe it as watery...
This just got me wondering what everyone else prefers.
With my press I use the standard 2 flat tablespoons per 6oz. Could probably get by with 1.5 per 6oz, but I also do not fully boil the water or let it sit the full four minutes. Also it's easier to add hot water if it's too dense.
My Cuisinart came with a little plastic scoop - I use a 1:1 ratio of whole beans in that scoop to one cup. It turns out perfectly. If I had to guess, it holds maybe 3/4 to 1 tablespoon of beans and the same in grounds most likely. The Cuisinart grinds the beans and drops it in a basket to brew, so I never really measure out grounds. The coffee is never watery, it has some robust flavor without getting gritty or "thick."
When at home, which is where I normally do my french press, moka, and mukka potting... I have a decent bur grinder, it has a setting for how many "cups", I leave it on 4 most of the time, and just hit go. it's about right for what I've found I like. Granted I'm doing more like 1tb per 4ish oz of water. Find what works for you, usually on a bodum french press the grounds will be at or close to the bottom part of the pastic/metal outer support for the glass container.
Hmmmm, I always brew a pot at a time and use just over a half cup of grounds per 12 cup pot of coffee. I guess that works out to just under a tablespoon per cup of coffee. Always tasted right to me. Maybe I should try with more grounds.