How Many Coffee Beans Fit in a 16 oz Cup – Most Important Coffee Cup Measurements that You Should Know

Everyone wants to make themselves an amazing fresh cup of coffee in the morning, without any blunders.

For that, we all need to learn some basic measurements of coffee beans and coffee grounds.

A 16 oz cup has the capacity to contain 1 pound of coffee beans or you can use 2 cups of 8oz each.

These measurements are simple, yet tricky at the same time.

The best is way is to record your measurements each time you make coffee.

In this way, you can choose the one that makes you the best cup.

In this article, I have gathered information from multiple sources to guide you.

I have also shared the table with precise measurements for ease.

Read till the end for complete information on this topic.

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How Many Cups is 16 oz Coffee Beans?

16 oz coffee beans are equal to 1 pound in weight.

At the same time, 16 ounce is simply equal to 2 cups of coffee.

So, a single pound of your favourite beans will fill 2 cups full to the brim, with 8 ounces in each cup.

I have measured this from a standard cup size of 8 ounces.

But for preparing one cup of coffee, an amount far less than 8 ounces is required.

So, 16 oz or 1 pound of coffee beans will make you around 47 cups of fresh coffee.

But it also depends on the amount of coffee you use per cup.

If you like to have strong coffee then you will probably have fewer cups from 16 oz coffee beans.

However, one cup of coffee on average contains 1.9 ounces of coffee grounds.

How Many Coffee Beans in a 12 oz Coffee Bag?

16 cups of coffee can be prepared from 12-ounce bag.

But it largely depends on the ratio of coffee and water, cup size and brew method.

If you use a 12 oz cup and coffee to water in 1:17, then 16 cups are prepared from 12 oz bag.

In this way, you will get 21 g of coffer per cup.

But if you are using different coffee to water ratio, then go through the table below.

Coffee to water ratioNo. of cups

How Much Ground Coffee Does 1 Cup of Coffee Beans Make?

If you are using a 6-ounce cup, then 10 grams of coffee will make you a perfect cup.

Two teaspoons of coffee grounds equal to one scoop of coffee.

But if you want a bigger mug up to 9 ounces, then use 3 tablespoons or 1.5 scoops of ground coffee.

One level tablespoon of coffee grounds contains 12g of coffee while 1 tablespoon of coffee beans contain 4 to 7 g of coffee.

If you are measuring 2 table spoons of coffee beans, it will equal 1/8th part of a cup with grounds.

Ground coffee is not much strong so if you want to wake up in the morning, then you can change the measurements and increase the quantity.

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How Many Coffee Beans Fit in a Measuring Cup?

If you have one pound of coffee beans, it will equal 16 ounces.

So, it will fill your measuring cup twice. 

Thus, a single measuring cup contains 8 ounces of coffee beans.

The easiest way to measure coffee beans is by using a measuring scale.

You can use a cup on the scale and measure the beans.

Like, you will require 10 grams of beans to make yourself a perfect cup of coffee.

You can use the same scale for measuring water, also.

The truth is one coffee bean weigh about 170 mg.

But if it’s roasted, then its weight is reduced to 132 mg.

By knowing the actual weight of your beans, it will help you to estimate that how long the beans will last.

That’s why, it is recommended to measure coffee beans before grinding.

How Many Coffee Beans You Need to Make 2 Cups of Coffee?

The answer varies and it mainly depends on the size of your coffee cup.

Follow this table for a precise answer.

Cup size in ouncesGrams of coffee beans

So, if you want two cups, you can find the answer by applying simple math.

Like for 2 cups weighing 6 ounces you will require almost 20 grams of coffee beans.

You can go for 2 scoops or 4 tablespoons of coffee for 2 cups.

Remember, one tablespoon is equal to two scoops.

So, if one tablespoon carries 38 beans, 4 tablespoons will carry 152 beans.

The number of coffee beans required also depends on the method of brewing you choose.

In drip method, you can use fewer beans while in espresso machine you have to use more beans.

How Many Coffee Beans in 1 Tablespoon?

1 tablespoon of coffee beans is equal to 5 grams, 38 beans or 0.18 Oz.

However, the weight of coffee beans depends on the way you are scooping them out.

If you, do it generously, then they will weigh around 5 grams.

But, measuring with a tablespoon is not a precise measurement.

It’s not wrong but it won’t give you the accurate value.

And remember that there is always a difference in the measurement of dark roast and light roast coffee beans.

So, if you have a one-pound bag of coffee beans, it will make 58 to 70 tablespoons of coffee.

Ideally, it makes 64 tablespoons. 


1. 12 oz cup requires 3 Tbs.

2. 16 oz. cup requires 4 Tbs.

3. For a 12 cup coffee pot, 10 tablespoons are required.

How Many Grams of Coffee Beans Per Cup of Espresso?

Well, the amount of coffee beans depends on the amount of espresso shot.

There are two common sizes of espresso.

1. If you are having a single shot of 1 ounce, then the coffee beans will vary from 6-10 grams.

But the average amount used is 7 grams.

It will take about 20 seconds to brew this shot.

One single shot of espresso is equivalent to 11 ounces of coffee.

2. An espresso with double shot is equal to almost 2 ounces.

Ideal shot contains 14 grams. 

So, it requires 12-20 grams of beans.

Its brewing time is about 30 seconds. 

A cup of coffee contains 20 shots of espresso.

These are some precise measurements for preparing espresso shots from coffee beans.

This article is all about coffee beans measurements.

Precision and accuracy are the most important factors while measuring your coffee.

I prefer measuring scales over spoons anytime to take the exact coffee measurements.

I hope this article was helpful to you as it was to me while researching the facts.


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