I just bought a fancy Cuisinart 12 cup machine and some fairly pricey freshly ground coffee.

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The machine came with a scoop that is equal to 5 g (1 tsp). The machine advises not to use more than 15 scoops. 75 g (2 ⅔ oz) is a dangerous amount for some reason, probably overflowing or clogging the filter basket.

Anyway, how many scoops of coffee would you recommend to make a full 12 pot?


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Normally retailers estimate between 7g and 8g per cup for normal coffee. Try 8g and work your way up. So 12*8=96g for starters.

You might find this article by Harold McGee interesting.

When I dropped the strength close to Mr. Hoffmann’s preferred 1.5 percent by using a third less ground coffee (about 12 grams of coffee to 180 grams, or 6 fluid ounces, of water), the fruity aroma was much more evident, and the flavor generally brighter and more lively. Clarity is a good word for the overall impression.

Edit: Note that I"m talking about espresso cups that are 60ml as opposed to McGee"s 180ml cups. Multiply the amount of coffee for the amount of water you are actually using.

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I worked as a coffee roaster for a number of years and met a lot of people. There is a lot of variation to this answer.

What I found works the best is 10-11 g of coffee per 6 oz cup, or 180 mL, so 12 cup maker would be 120 g. Also, the coffee should always be ground to suit the particulars of the brewing method.


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Most of these answers are confusing for two reasons: 1. A cup is not a cup when discussing coffee. 2. And measuring coffee grounds by volume introduces too much variability. The recipes should be stated as ratios. I found this ratio on a bag of beans sold by Charleston Coffee Roasters: one gram of coffee per 17 grams of water. I have been using this ratio successfully with my old cheap drip coffee maker. But I just bought a Cuisinart 3200. Using the marks on the carafe I see that 60 ounces equals 12 "cups" or 5 ounces per cup. One ounce of water = 29.57 grams. If a Cuisinart scoop (tablespoon) of coffee is 5 grams, Cuisinart"s recipe--one scoop per 5-ounce cup, the ratio is 30 to 1. That"s much weaker than the Charleston Coffee Roasters recipe. But it almost works if you hit the Bold button on the Cuisinart 3200. Otherwise for me that recipe produces watery coffee. Bottom line: use weight not volume. Once you find the ratio that gives coffee you like, you can achieve consistent results every time.