coffee to water ratio

coffee to water ratios explained

The ratio of ground coffee to water differs greatly between brew methods and personal taste. The ratios on this page are based on a mixture of consensus and official sources.

But, there is no right way—so long as you enjoy your coffee and aren't consuming a dangerous amount!

aeropress coffee to water ratio — 1:6

The ratio of 1:6 is taken from the original recipe by Alan Adler; inventor of the Aeropress. This brew ratio results in a concentrate, much like an espresso—you can add hot water or milk to your liking.

french press coffee to water ratio — 1:12

Although there is no original or definitive coffee to water ratio for a french press, 1:12 seems to be a popular choice. We derived this from a recipe for a 17oz (500g) capacity french press.

v60 coffee to water ratio — 3:50

Hario, the makers of the v60, recommend a ratio of 3:50
—15g of coffee to 250g of water for one full mug.

chemex coffee to water ratio — 1:17

Chemex recommends you “put one rounded tablespoon of coffee per 5 oz cup into the filter cone.” This is roughly a 1:10 ratio, but most people agree that's too strong. Many winning baristas have used a ratio between 1:13 to 1:17.

moka pot coffee to water ratio — 1:10

We derived the ratio of 1:10 from a Bialetti Junior Moka Pot, which has a 200ml water capacity. This serves about 2 small cups of delicious coffee.

cold brew coffee to water ratio — 9:40

There are many ways to make cold brew coffee. This recipe uses a Filtron, a reliable method of making a smooth cold brew. This results in a concentrate that you can dilute to your tastes.

siphon coffee to water ratio — 3:50

Hario, one of the leading producers of syphon coffee makers, recommends 15-17g of coffee per 250 grams water.

espresso coffee to water ratio — 1:2

1:2 is the most common ratio for espresso used in cafés today. Between the bitter 1:1 of a ristretto and the weaker 1:4 of a lungo.