How Big Is A Coffee Scoop?

by Selmir Omic

How big is a coffee scoop? This is question that has been asked by many people looking to make the perfect cup of coffee. There are many different sizes of scoops out there, and it can be hard to determine which one is right for you. In this blog post, we will discuss the different sizes of scoops and how to choose the right one for your needs. Keep reading to learn more!

Today we want to talk about the item we use almost every day, but rarely pay any attention to it - a scoop, and more to the point - a coffee scoop.

Here is what we are going to talk about:

Alright, get out your scoop collection and let's get into this puzzling topic.

How big is a coffee scoop?

 How big is a coffee scoop?
How big is a coffee scoop?

Ok, let's get some things straight! Scoops can come in all kinds of sizes and shapes, thus making it hard to decide what size and type of scoop you should use for making your coffee.

The amount of coffee you use when preparing yourself a cup of coffee determines the flavor and strength of your cup.

A standard full coffee scoop usually holds around two regular tablespoons of coffee grounds. If you are not sure about the size of your coffee scoop, you can easily find it out by using a regular tablespoon and some water.

Fill up your tablespoon with water and then pour it into your coffee scoop. Now repeat the same process. Two full tablespoons of water should fully fill one coffee scoop.

Now, let's talk about measuring..

How to measure coffee to make the perfect cup of coffee?

 How to measure coffee to make the perfect cup of coffee?
How to measure coffee to make the perfect cup of coffee?

We all like to measure and keep track of all sorts of things in our daily lives. We keep track of time, monitor our health, keep track of our daily calories intake, etc.

We also like to apply the same concept towards coffee making by measuring the ground coffee.

The thing is, we don't like changes, especially when it comes to something we do each day, like making a nice hot brew.

That's why it is important we use the same amount of coffee each time we are making ourselves a brew.

It is important we use the same amount of coffee each time we are making ourselves a brew.
It is important we use the same amount of coffee each time we are making ourselves a brew.

The accurate amount of coffee we use ensures the best results in the brewing process.

Of course, the most accurate way to measure coffee is by weight. A good digital kitchen scale will help you easily achieve a proper coffee brewing ratio.

The brewing ratio is the amount of coffee used in relation to the amount of water you use to prepare your brew.

 How to measure coffee to make the perfect cup of coffee?
How to measure coffee to make the perfect cup of coffee?

As a general rule, you should use approximately 10 grams or 0.36 ounces of ground coffee for 6 ounces of water.

Maintaining a proper brewing ratio is essential for a nice cup of coffee and can be easily attained, although for some people it might sound complicated in the beginning.

If you are not so adventurous or don't have time to weigh your ground coffee, you can use a coffee scoop. As already mentioned, the classic standard scoop will hold around 10 grams or 0.36 ounces of ground coffee.

If you don't have a coffee scoop, you can use a tablespoon instead. The classic scoop holds 2 tablespoons of ground coffee.

Let's do some math…

How many scoops of coffee do I need for 12 cups?

 How many scoops of coffee do I need for 12 cups?
How many scoops of coffee do I need for 12 cups?

Measuring the amount of coffee to be used and getting the proportion of coffee to water exactly right can sometimes be tricky.

First, let's talk about the difference between a coffee cup and a coffee mug. Yes, these two are different.

A coffee cup (which is the same size as a tea cup) is around 6 fluid ounces (180 ml).

A coffee mug is about 8 fluid ounces (230 ml).

Like we already mentioned, the standard rule is to use 0.36 ounces (10 grams) for every 6 ounces of water.

In other words, you should use one coffee scoop or 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water.

So, we suggest you adding:

1 coffee scoop of ground coffee for 1 cup of water


1 1/3 coffee scoops of ground coffee for 1 mug of water

So, if you need to make 12 cups of coffee, you will need 72 ounces of water (2.1 litters) and 12 scoops of ground coffee (120 grams).

Now, let's talk about cups…

What Is A "Cup" Of Coffee?

 What Is A "Cup" Of Coffee?
What Is A "Cup" Of Coffee?

Knowing what a coffee scoop is is good to know, but on top of that, there's cup sizes to consider. There is your standard mug…but wait, what is your "standard" size mug? There are a million different mug sizes.

If you go to Starbucks, you have to deal with their coffee cup sizes which have fancy Italian names, each holding a specific amount of drink.

It seems that once you go outside of the standard 8oz cup of coffee, things start to get complicated once again!

How Much Is A Scoop Of Coffee
How Much Is A Scoop Of Coffee
How Much Is A Scoop Of Coffee

These Starbucks sizes are measured in fluid ounces, with Venti being 20oz, Grande being 16oz, Tall being 12oz, and Short being 8oz.

Everyone orders something different, but you can see that our "standard" size cup of coffee is considered the Starbucks' "small" size.

Just remember - if you're going after a large cup of coffee, two level scoops from your RSVP coffee scoop to 16oz of water is what you want, and that should fill up a large cup.

Coffee scoops are made of different materials. Hera are the most common types of scoops:

Plastic, ceramic or stainless steel coffee scoops? Which one you should use?

 Plastic, ceramic or stainless steel coffee scoops? Which one you should use?
Plastic, ceramic or stainless steel coffee scoops? Which one you should use?

You've carefully selected an amazing coffee maker, bought your favorite brand of coffee, and got your favorite mug.

But, have you thought about your coffee scoop? Have you ever wondered whether you should use plastic, ceramic or stainless steel scoop?

Stay with us to find out why we decided to rule out plastic and ceramic scoops and chose stainless steel ones:

Plastic coffee scoops:

  • Plastic scoops can develop some scratches over time. Scratched surfaces can easily trap all sorts of bacteria.
  • As bacteria get trapped in tiny scratches, plastic scoops are hard to be fully cleaned.
  • Some plastic scoops can contain BPA (bisphenol A). BPA can leak into food or beverages and can have negative effects on our health.

Ceramic coffee scoops:

 Plastic, ceramic or stainless steel coffee scoops? Which one you should use?
Plastic, ceramic or stainless steel coffee scoops? Which one you should use?
  • Ceramic coffee scoops are similar to plastic ones in the way they can develop tiny chips or cracks which harbor different bacteria
  • Ceramic coffee scoops break easily. So, if you drop it from your kitchen table, it will probably break.
  • Glaze that is used to make ceramic scoops look smooth and shiny sometimes contain lead or some other chemicals that are not food safe.

Stainless steel coffee scoops:

  • Stainless steel scoops are almost completely sanitary an germ-resistant because bacteria can't easily enter hard, non-porous surfaces
  • They are almost unbreakable. You can drop it form any height and it will survive, without a scratch.
  • Stainless steel scoops are also long-lasting. Unlike plastic scoops, they won't easily scratch or stain. As the steel is stainless, they won't rust or change color either.
  • They are really easy to clean. You can hand wash them or throw them into your dishwasher.

There you go! Now you know what type of a coffee scoop is the best.

Let's find what are some of the best available coffee scoops…

The top 3 coffee scoops

 The top 3 coffee scoops
The top 3 coffee scoops

  1. Supreme Housewares - Stainless Steel Coffee Scoop
  2. Coffee Scoop and Grinder Brush by Coffee Gator
  3. Premium Coffee Scoop by Amerigo

Supreme Housewares - Stainless Steel Coffee Scoop

 The top 3 coffee scoops
The top 3 coffee scoops

This amazing coffee scoop is made of 18/8 stainless steel. It is durable and long lasting. The scoop measures exactly 2 tablespoons. The scoop can be washed in a dish washer. It weighs 1.6 ounces and has dimensions of 7 x 3 x 1.4 inches.

Coffee Scoop and Grinder Brush by Coffee Gator

 The top 3 coffee scoops
The top 3 coffee scoops

This stainless steel coffee scoop is beautifully designed and made to last. It measures 2 tablespoons. It has been voted the best coffee scoop manufactured by Coffee Gator.

Premium Coffee Scoop by Amerigo

 The top 3 coffee scoops
The top 3 coffee scoops

This premium looking coffee scoop is manufactured in one piece, meaning the handle will never fall off.

Great feature about this scoop is that it includes easy-to-read imperial and metric size markings. Thanks to these makings, you will always measure the exact amount of ground coffee you want to use.

That's it! We hope you enjoyed reading!
Now, go and treat yourself with a home made cup of coffee!

Summary of How Big A Coffee Scoop Is

1. A Coffee Scoop Is Typically About 2 Tablespoons, or 1/8 Cup

A coffee scoop is a kitchen utensil used for measuring quantities of ground coffee beans, though some are also used to measure loose tea.

Traditionally, the coffee scoop holds about 15 ml (0.5 US fl oz) of liquid (~1 tablespoon). However, unlike measuring spoons which are regulated by the United States Department of Commerce, there is no standard for measuring scoops, and scoop size can vary greatly.

A typical tablespoon (tbsp) is equal to 3 teaspoons (tsp). However, in the United States a "coffee scoop" typically holds about twice as much ground coffee per measure: 1/8 cup or 4 tablespoons (Tbsp) (~59 ml, ~2 fl oz).

US customary cup is about 236.5882365 milliliters (ml) or ~8.45 US fluid ounces (fl oz), which is slightly smaller than the metric counterpart of 250 ml. This discrepancy, however, makes little difference in this context because it is the mass that matters for coffee and other ground material, not the volume.

2. The Size of a Coffee Scoop Can Vary Depending on the Type of Coffee You're Brewing

If you drink coffee, chances are you have a favorite morning mug that stays filled at all times. Coffee is the source of many people's daily jolt and can be brewed in a slew of different ways (some more effective than others). If your preferred brew method involves a coffee scoop - to measure out water and grounds - it might be time to rethink what you thought was a standard scoop.

For coffee drinkers, the size of one's scoop should be measured by weight instead of volume, according to the National Coffee Association (NCA) that stands behind your morning cup.

"It is best to weigh, not measure, coffee because coffee scoops come in various sizes depending on the brew method," the NCA explains. "This is important because one scoop of coffee may contain 30 grams (about one ounce) of ground coffee, while another scoop might hold only 15 grams (about half an ounce)."

The weight varies according to if you're brewing using a percolator, espresso, drip or French press. For example, if you were to use a standard percolator, you would need 2-3 tablespoons of ground coffee for one cup. But, if you're making drip coffee, brew time is about 5 minutes using 2 level tablespoons of whole coffee grounds for every 6 ounces of water.

3. You Can Use a Coffee Scoop to Measure Out the Right Amount of Coffee Beans for Your Brew Method

A coffee scoop or coffee spoon is a type of kitchen utensil used to measure portions of ground coffee beans, which are generally consistent in volume. The tool consists of a small, flat-surfaced spoon with straight edges and a round bowl, usually made out of either aluminum or plastic. The scoop typically holds about one ounce of ground coffee, or 2 tablespoons.

The truth is that you don't need a dedicated scoop to measure coffee beans. You can use a regular dry measuring spoon and eyeball the amount.

To use a dry measuring spoon: Scoop out enough beans until the spoon is heaped full and level with the top rim of the spoon (if you tap the side of the measuring spoon, your heaping mound should stay put).

To use a tablespoon: Fill your tablespoon to its brim with coffee beans and level it off with a knife or the back of a flatware fork. (Remember that volume expands when heated, so err on having slightly less than one ounce of beans when using a tablespoon).

While you don't have to buy an actual coffee scoop, there are some benefits to having one. A dedicated scoop is skinnier than a dry measuring spoon, so it's easier to sweep the beans into your scale or grinder without spilling them. Also, because it has curved edges and a flatter bottom, it's easier to sweep coffee grounds into a pour spout or French press.

When the scoop is not in use, it can be used as a paperweight or memo holder on your desk. It also makes for a great conversation piece when company comes over... You know, so you have an excuse to pull out your coffee scale.

4. Make Sure to Level off Your Coffee Scoop With the Top of the Container You're Measuring Into

Coffee is expensive, and many people want to get the most bang for their buck.

One of the ways that some people cut down on their coffee expense is by using an old or generic measuring scoop. At approximately $1 for 100 scoops, you can't really go wrong if you use this method for your morning cup o' joe.

However, there is a problem with this measuring technique that you should be aware of before doing any stashing or hoarding.

A coffee scoop can hold anywhere between 4-8 grams of coffee depending on the size of the scoop. If your scoops are old and have lost their original capacity, it's likely that you're not using the appropriate amount of coffee when measuring.

This is especially important for espresso drinkers, as you should be using 7 grams of coffee to make one shot. If your scoop is off by even 0.5-1 gram in either direction, this could equate to a 3-4% difference in caffeine content...not really something that's worth skimping on.

To make sure you measure your coffee properly, level off the top of the scoop with the surface of the container that you're measuring into. This will ensure that each scoopful is consistent in its caffeine capacity.

5. If You Don't Have a Coffee Scoop, You Can Use a Regular Spoon Instead

This method works best when measuring out coffee by weight rather than volume. Using a spoon instead of a scoop will provide more accurate measurements because it guarantees the same level, or depth, in all tablespoons.

All you have to do is use your measuring cup as a guide and measure in milliliters instead of ounces. You can find out how much your tablespoon weighs by visiting our weight conversions page. [link to conversions page]

Using a regular spoon will also help you achieve an even distribution of your coffee. The scoops are designed to make sure you don't pack in too much coffee, which can affect the taste and quality of your drink.

Conclusion for Coffee Scoop Size

Coffee is a part of our daily routine, and we often find ourselves wondering how big a coffee scoop should be. Whether you're making one cup or ten cups at once, it's important to know the size of your typical coffee scoop so that you can make sure you have enough ground beans for every batch. It turns out that there are two different sizes used in measuring-the American (8 tablespoons) and the metric (7 grams). The standard measurement for most coffees is 8 tablespoon per 2-3 servings; however some people prefer stronger brews with more caffeine content which might require using 10 tablespoons of grounds. There's no right answer as long as you consistently measure each time! What kind of measurements do YOU use ?

About Selmir Omic

Selmir Omic is KYG's cannabis lifestyle writer. He currently resides in San Francisco and can often be found enjoying design-forward cannabis accessories, candles and seltzer simultaneously. When he's not writing about pot or waxing poetic about vape pens, Selmir can be counted on to offer sage advice about the best strains for anxiety or how to make cannabutter without a stovetop.

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