Have you ever wondered what amount of coffee grounds makes for the perfect cup of joe?
Maybe you’ve tried experimenting with different amounts, different cup sizes, but you just can’t seem to get it right.
Or maybe you’re wondering how to convert ounces and fluid ounces into other measurements so you can be sure to get the amounts correct according to package directions.
Whatever your question is regarding coffee grounds, cup sizes, and measurement conversions, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out more.
Standard Size of a Coffee Cup
If you want to know how many ounces are in a coffee cup, the answer would depend on the size of the cup. Say you buy yourself a regular cup of coffee at Starbucks or Panera or any restaurant that serves coffee. The cup size would most likely be around 8 ounces.
That said, some restaurants or coffee houses may consider 8 ounces to be the “small” size and 12 ounces to be the “standard” size.
At Starbuck, an 8-ounce cup is labeled “short,” and a 12-ounce cup is labeled “tall.” Which one is standard? That would depend on who you ask!
Other common cup sizes include 6-ounce, 16-ounce, and 20-ounce.
Also, if you’re ordering an espresso shot, the standard size is going to be much smaller: just 2 ounces.
Standard Size of a Coffee Mug
So how many ounces are there in a coffee mug? Once again, the standard size is typically 8 ounces, but this can vary.
Ceramic mugs for home use come in almost as many sizes as the paper cups your coffee comes in at restaurants. Common sizes are 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces, but it’s not uncommon to find both smaller and larger mugs depending on the type of coffee you’re making.
Speaking of which, let’s look at the different coffee types and the standard cup/mug size for each.
Standard Size of a Coffee Cup and Mug Based on Coffee Type
You may need different-size cups or mugs depending on the way you usually like your coffee. The following table breaks down the different coffee types and cup sizes, according to Shutterfly and Coffee in my Veins:
|Coffee Type||Cup/Mug Size|
|Espresso shot||2-3 ounce|
|Iced Coffee||12-20 ounce|
How Much Coffee to Put in a Coffee Cup or Mug: Calculation
So now we come to the big question: how do you create that perfect cup of coffee at home? How much coffee should you use for each cup you brew?
The first thing to consider is, how many ounces is your coffee mug? If you have a regular 6-8 ounce mug, you’ll probably want to use about one ounce of dry coffee grounds. If you like your coffee extra strong, it’s okay to use more, or if you prefer a weaker cup, you can easily use less.
Also, the number of grounds you need may depend on the brand of coffee you choose. Most packages of coffee will come with directions for how to brew the perfect cup, but these suggestions will depend not only on personal taste but on the freshness of the coffee as well as the other flavors added to a particular brew.
If you have a larger mug, adjust your amount of coffee grounds accordingly.
For a 12-ounce cup, you’ll need about an ounce and a half, give or take depending on your taste.
For a 6-ounce cup, use about three-quarters of an ounce.
For a 2-ounce espresso shot, you’ll typically use even fewer grounds, but that will all depend on taste and just how strong you want your shot to be.
Standard and Simple Conversion for Fluid Ounce to Milliliter
One fluid ounce converts to about 29.6 milliliters. Most coffee cups and mugs hold 8 fluid ounce or 236.6 mL. As noted above, espresso shots typically come in 2-fluid ounce amounts or 59.1 mL. For other common amounts, refer to the table below:
|Fluid Ounces (fl. oz.)||Milliliters (mL)|
Standard and Simple Conversion for Ounces to Grams and Ounces to Tablespoons
One ounce equals 28.3 grams or two tablespoons. So if you want to use one ounce of coffee grounds for one cup of coffee, you would use two level tablespoons or just over 28 grams. For other conversions, see the table below:
|Ounces (oz)||Grams (g)||Tablespoons (Tbsp)|
How to Choose a Coffee Cup or Mug for Home Use
With so many different sizes and styles, how do you know which type of coffee mug to buy for your own use? There are several factors to take into consideration.
First, what type of coffee do you most often make yourself?
If you’re mostly brewing a standard cup of coffee or latte, chances are you’ll only need a basic 8-ounce cup (or several).
If you drink a lot of coffee or make iced coffee, you may want to choose a larger mug. If you mostly make cappuccinos or espressos, you’ll want to choose a smaller mug.
Secondly, do you take your coffee on the go a lot? You may want to invest in a travel mug of some kind. These lidded coffee cups will insulate your coffee and keep it from spilling when you’re on the move.
Thirdly, do you need a cup for every type of coffee? Then why not buy mugs in various sizes and styles? You can’t go wrong if you have a mug or cup for any occasion.
You’ve learned how many ounces are in a coffee cup, what size cup or mug to use for different coffees, how to convert an ounce into other measurements, and how to choose the perfect mug for your home. Now that you know all about the different types of coffee and mug sizes, what kind of cup will you brew?
Enjoy Your Coffee!