Golden Ratio for Coffee Brewing


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It is crucial when brewing coffee to understand the right coffee ground to water ratio in order to keep a consistent cup and optimize the best possible coffee experience. One could take the world's highest quality coffee and ruin it by using the wrong coffee ratio and end up under or over-brewing his cup.

Under-Brewed Coffee: I am sure many of you have had  the misfortune of experiencing an under-brewed cup. This often times leads to a watered-down flavored coffee and light colored liquid, almost tea-like.

Over-Brewed Coffee: If I had to pick between the two, I would rather take an over-brewed cup of coffee than an under-brewed cup any day. Over-brewed coffee often looks even darker than your average cup of coffee and can be used as a replacement for a shot of espresso in a recipe. However, this does not mean that over-brewed coffee has the same great characteristics like crema in a shot of espresso, it is for that reason that I prefer a shot of espresso to the alternative of over-brewed cup of coffee.

The Golden Ratio: When creating the perfect ratio for brewing a cup of coffee it is best to use a scale to weigh out the amount of grams of coffee grounds. The reason a scale works best is due to the fact that the density of the coffee changes from roast to roast. For instance, in Jennings’ Java Early Bird Roast the coffee weighs more than that of a darker roast like Golden’s Espresso or our French Roast, so a level tablespoon of one roast to another may have a change in the overall weight. If one is unable to use a scale when brewing coffee the next best option would be using a level tablespoon to measure out the coffee grounds. The coffee to water ratio I myself am very loyal to for brewing coffee is 13 grams (two level tablespoons) of ground coffee to 6oz of water filtered water. 

  • 6oz water to 13g( 2 level tablespoons) ground coffee
  • 9oz water to 20g (3 level tablespoons) ground coffee
  • 12oz water to 27g (4 level tablespoons) ground coffee

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