CoffeeNate #21: How Much Coffee Should I Use?


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Two posts in three days, yay!  Life is full, with three busy boys, a full time job, and numerous other commitments, it is difficult to churn out episodes at a quick pace.  Even just to get some quiet time to shoot a video is a challenge 🙂  I’m always thinking of new stuff to do, and I’m always looking for new topics.  It was suggested by a viewer that I should address some coffee basics.  It is so true that many coffee drinkers are misinformed on the basics, like coffee storage and today’s topic “How much coffee should I use?”.  I have seen people trying to make a pot of coffee from barely enough coffee to make a cup of coffee, let alone an entire 12 cup pot!  Yucky!!


The proper amount of coffee per 6oz cup is 2 Tablespoons. Of course, your coffee can be adjusted based on your personal preferences, but that is the base from which to start.  If you regularly brew a certain amount of coffee, 8, 10, 12 cups what have you, then measure out the appropriate amount of coffee for that number of cups.  Measure that amount so that you don’t have to scoop multiple spoonfuls every time you want a pot of coffee.  If you use whole beans, which you SHOULD, then you can measure the same amount in whole beans and dump them right in the grinder just before you are ready to brew.  This will save you time and money by eliminating the waste from grinding too much coffee.  Remember, coffee stales within 20 minutes after grinding.

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This week I also received some coffee from the Kinetic Koffee roasters.  They specialize in artisan roasting of organic coffees.  This time I am tasting their “Breakfast Buzz”, a medium roasted blend of South American and Central American coffees.  This coffee is a great way to start the day, very smooth, and it has a pleasing citrusy tang that compliments the morning perfectly.  I love the fact that Kinetic Koffeemarks the roasted on date on their bags.  What are %90 of coffee companies afraid of?  Oh yeah, us knowing how old their coffee is!  Kinetic Koffee roasts in small batches so you are assured freshly roasted coffee every time.  You can follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KineticKoffee They also state they engage in Fair Trade practices.  In addition, they also donate %10 of their sales to various charities.

Next week, I’ll be at Starbucks drinking that vile beverage they call VIA…. 😛  The things I do for you guys! lol  Don’t forget, enter the coffee giveaway.  I will be drawing a winner of the free Port City Coffee Roasters coffee on Tuesday, November 3rd.  See you next week 🙂

Nate

Nate is a special kind of coffee lover. He began drinking the same swill that most others do, but thought there must be something better out there. Sure enough, he was right, even more so than he ever dreamed possible. He soon found his way into the specialty coffee industry, and was tasting exceptional coffees from dozens of roasters from around the country. He is now committed to teaching others how they can appreciate coffee, and how they can make the best coffee in town and save money at the same time! Cheers c[_]

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  • Tyler

    Hey there Coffee Nate it's Tyler Again. just checking' out what you are up to nowadays. I'm going to have to catch up with the videos again. I understand what you are saying. using the wrong amount of coffee happens to too many good people. People seem to even take pride in being able to "eyeball" it – kinda like shooting from the hip. I might just being talking about it badly because I never had that gift. Hey, and here is a question to answer if you haven't already: what types of coffee irritate your stomach more. would a darker roast have less caffeine and thus make your stomach less upset?

  • Tyler

    Hey there Coffee Nate it's Tyler Again. just checking' out what you are up to nowadays. I'm going to have to catch up with the videos again. I understand what you are saying. using the wrong amount of coffee happens to too many good people. People seem to even take pride in being able to "eyeball" it – kinda like shooting from the hip. I might just being talking about it badly because I never had that gift. Hey, and here is a question to answer if you haven't already: what types of coffee irritate your stomach more. would a darker roast have less caffeine and thus make your stomach less upset?

    • Thanks for dropping in Tyler, it's great to hear from you! There are many factors to consider when trying to lessen the effect that drinking coffee may have on your stomach. If you are overly sensitive to caffeine, then you may want to try a darker roasted coffee. Darker roasts have less caffeine by volume, as they also have less acidity. You will also notice that you can better tolerate coffee if it is FRESHLY roasted, and ground just prior to brewing. Doing this doesn't give the oils in the coffee a chance to become rancid, which doesn't take very long. Take care 🙂

  • nate_s

    Thanks for dropping in Tyler, it's great to hear from you! There are many factors to consider when trying to lessen the effect that drinking coffee may have on your stomach. If you are overly sensitive to caffeine, then you may want to try a darker roasted coffee. Darker roasts have less caffeine by volume, as they also have less acidity. You will also notice that you can better tolerate coffee if it is FRESHLY roasted, and ground just prior to brewing. Doing this doesn't give the oils in the coffee a chance to become rancid, which doesn't take very long. Take care 🙂

  • Tamara

    It's true, the amount of beans is right up there with the other big ones like freshness, proper grind, brewing methods, and type of roast. Thanks for covering these all important topics to better enjoy better brew!

  • Tamara

    It's true, the amount of beans is right up there with the other big ones like freshness, proper grind, brewing methods, and type of roast. Thanks for covering these all important topics to better enjoy better brew!

    • Thanks Tamara, it is my absolute pleasure to share what I have learned about coffee 🙂 It's a sad reality that most North American coffee drinkers are ingesting rancid, stale, and weak 'coffee'. Yuuuuuckkky!

  • nate_s

    Thanks Tamara, it is my absolute pleasure to share what I have learned about coffee 🙂 It's a sad reality that most North American coffee drinkers are ingesting rancid, stale, and weak 'coffee'. Yuuuuuckkky!

  • Anonymous

    I've been using too LITTLE coffee. No wonder it's not as good as the coffee shop. Thanks for the info.

  • I've been using too LITTLE coffee. No wonder it's not as good as the coffee shop. Thanks for the info.

    • Thanks for posting Deb! Sadly, most people do use too little coffee. If you're not using freshly roasted and whole bean coffee as well, then you're missing out. One step at a time, and soon you will be CoffeeNated 😉 Take care.

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    • @cbragg83

      Awesome, thank you and Port City Coffee Roasters? Any good dark roast recommendations??

      • I haven't tried very many of their coffees. I liked the Kenyan, but it is lighter roasted, kinda tangy. Probably not what you are looking for. Enjoy 🙂

  • nate_s

    Thanks for posting Deb! Sadly, most people do use too little coffee. If you're not using freshly roasted and whole bean coffee as well, then you're missing out. One step at a time, and soon you will be CoffeeNated 😉 Take care.

  • Mike Crimmins

    I'll admit that I just learned something. I was always iffy about how much coffee beans to grind to get the right amount of coffee grounds. Thanks for the info! Can't wait to see the VIA video! I have some of the same views.

  • Mike Crimmins

    I'll admit that I just learned something. I was always iffy about how much coffee beans to grind to get the right amount of coffee grounds. Thanks for the info!

    Can't wait to see the VIA video! I have some of the same views.

    • Cool Mike! Always glad to be able to help people get more out of their coffee, and to waste less of it. I need to rig up my cam so that I'm not so obvious. I have this big 'ole fur hat, maybe I can conceal most of it in one of the flaps….hmmm

  • nate_s

    Cool Mike! Always glad to be able to help people get more out of their coffee, and to waste less of it. I need to rig up my cam so that I'm not so obvious. I have this big 'ole fur hat, maybe I can conceal most of it in one of the flaps….hmmm

  • @cbragg83

    Awesome, thank you and Port City Coffee Roasters? Any good dark roast recommendations??

  • nate_s

    I haven't tried very many of their coffees. I liked the Kenyan, but it is lighter roasted, kinda tangy. Probably not what you are looking for. Enjoy 🙂

  • Mike Crimmins

    I say go with the big ole fur hat! That would be classic!

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  • Kieley

    Wow! I never realized that I have been using the wrong amount of coffee! I usually just put one tablespoon per cup so I definitely could stand to bump the amount of coffee I use up! Thanks for the info!

  • Kieley

    Wow! I never realized that I have been using the wrong amount of coffee! I usually just put one tablespoon per cup so I definitely could stand to bump the amount of coffee I use up! Thanks for the info!

    • No problem Kieley, I'm glad you found my info helpful! We are talking 2 level TBSP, not heaping 😉 Be sure to get additional entries for the coffee giveaway by tweeting a coffeenate link, signing up for the email list, or becoming a facebook fan 🙂 Take care.

  • nate_s

    No problem Kieley, I'm glad you found my info helpful! We are talking 2 level TBSP, not heaping 😉 Be sure to get additional entries for the coffee giveaway by tweeting a coffeenate link, signing up for the email list, or becoming a facebook fan 🙂 Take care.

  • Jill Hayes

    Great information. I was using too littlecoffee also

  • Jill Hayes

    Great information. I was using too littlecoffee also