It is reported that more than 65% of folks who brew coffee at home use a drip pot. The biggest market competition to drip pot manufacturing is Keurig. But the fact remains, drip pot brewers are a big part of American coffee culture. Below I'm going to attempt to explain
Disclaimer: If you've got a recipe that's working for you, stick with that and just consider this to be a helpful set of tips.
Okay, First let's look at your coffee pot. If you've got one of those glass carafe's you'll probably see some little marks with numbers 2 - 12. These are meant to indicate how many "cups" of coffee are in the pot. Keep in mind, these are not 8oz cups, these are whatever volume the manufacturer has determined what they consider to be a "cup" of coffee. In most cases this lands around 5 oz. 🤷🏻♂️
Now grab an electronic scale (if you don't have one, use a measuring cup and track the volume of water you add in) and fill your carafe with cold water up to the max fill line. Usually the 12 mark. Keep track of how much water you've added and remember how much is in a full pot. In most cases this seems to be about 60 fluid ounces (60 fl oz.) which converts to 1774 ml. (round to 1800ml ). Please note that with room temp water, 1 ml has a mass of one gram. So with our coffee calculation below, we can simply convert ml to grams.
I'm going to recommend brewing at a 16:1 ratio. So for every 16 parts water, use 1 part coffee. Simple math, 1800 g /16 = 112.5g of coffee. So this will constitute a Full Pot. Now, if you want to brew half a pot, then use half the amount of coffee. 3/4 of a pot, 3/4 of the amount of coffee. So on and so forth. Easy?
Okay, so why does it matter to use a scale instead of a scoop? In my blog on ratio I go into this in detail, but basically coffee seeds do not fill a scoop consistently, so using mass to calculate your brew ratio will be more accurate AND ultimately give you greater control of your coffee.
Some other fun tips:
If you are like me and you want to better manage your coffee intake, you can do some easy math and figure out how to extend your bag of coffee over the course of a week. So one 12 oz bag has 340 g of coffee. Divide that by 7 (for a brew a day) and you'll get ~ 48.5g. Now multiply that by 16 and you'll get 776g or 26 fl oz. This is enough to have two 13 oz cups of coffee a day, or one each for you and your partner (if you've got one, if not more for you!)
Alright folks, I hope that helps. I'm working on a video coming soon, but I just wanted to get this out there for you to brew with confidence!
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