How Many Scoops Of Coffee For 12 Cups?

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. The genus Coffea is native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, Comoros, and Mauritius.

Coffee plants are shrubs or small trees that grow in warm to hot summers and mild to cool winters. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks globally, enjoyed by millions of people every day.

But Measuring the Perfect amount of coffee beans has never been easy. In this article, we will help you figure it out!

How to Measure Your Perfect Amount Of Coffee?

If you use a tablespoon as your standard coffee scoop size, then 12 tablespoons are equal to 36 teaspoons or 18 tablespoons per 6 fluid ounces. This would mean that for 12 cups of water, you would need:

  • 36 teaspoons (or 18 tablespoons)
  • 14 and a half teaspoon (or seven and a half tablespoon) scoops or about 125 milliliters or 3.4 fluid ounces

The above measurements are approximate as there is no standard coffee scoop size, but the first measurement should be close enough to get you started.

Variety Of Measurements 

When it comes to coffee, there are a variety of measurements that people use. Here are just a few: 

  • Cups
  • Tablespoons
  • Teaspoons
  • Milliliters
  • Liters

These measurements can be confusing, so let’s break them down. 

One cup of coffee is equivalent to 8 fluid ounces in the United States. A tablespoon is three teaspoons, so one cup would be 24 teaspoons or 12 tablespoons. A teaspoon is about .5 fluid ounces so a cup would be about 48 teaspoons or 24 tablespoons. 

A milliliter is .001 liters, so one cup would be about 960 milliliters or 960 cubic centimeters. One liter is 1000 milliliters or 1000 cubic centimeters, so one liter would be about 34 fluid ounces. A milliliter also equals one cubic centimeter.

Measuring through Coffee Scoops

If you are looking for coffee scoops, we recommend checking out this small scoop with about one tablespoon and holds two teaspoons. Coffee Scoop: 14 Oz/3 Tablespoon (48 Ml) is a great little tool.

Keep in mind that the weight of the scoop can also affect how much it holds, so you may want to check this one before using it.

How Many Teaspoons in an ounce?

There are three teaspoons in an ounce. So, 18 tablespoons would be 54 teaspoons or 27 ounces.

You can also use your 18 tablespoons to figure out how many ounces of coffee you need per cup. Just divide the number of ounces in a tablespoon by 16 to get the number of teaspoons.

Multiply by 4 (since there are four teaspoons in an ounce), and that will give you the number of tablespoons needed for each cup. So, for example, if you had 54 teaspoons of coffee, you would divide that by 16 and get 3.25 tablespoons per cup.

Making Twelve Cups Of Coffee

Now that we have a good idea of how much ground coffee to use for 12 cups, let’s look at the size of the scoop you might want to use. The standard U.S measuring spoon is a tablespoon. Three teaspoons equal one tablespoon.

There are four tablespoons in a standard measuring cup so, if you have a full measuring cup of ground coffee, it is 12 tablespoons or 48 teaspoons.

To figure out how many scoops to use for 12 cups, divide the number of ounces needed per cup by the number of tablespoons in an ounce, and that will give you the number of scoops required per cup.

Making coffee using ground coffee

If you are looking to make coffee using ground coffee, the number of scoops you will need will depend on the size or weight of your scoop. 

A standard tablespoon holds 3 level tablespoons worth. So, with that in mind, it would be (12 cups) x (3 level tablespoons) = 36 teaspoons or 18 Tablespoons for 12 cups.

Iced Coffee

If you want to make iced coffee, I recommend adding another half of a cup- eight teaspoons or about four and a half tablespoons.

For example, if you use a 16-ounce scoop that holds four tablespoons worth, (12 cups) x (4 tablespoons) = 48 teaspoons or 24 Tablespoons for 12 cups. If you are making iced coffee, I recommend adding another half of a cup- eight teaspoons or about four and a half tablespoons.

How To Make The Perfect Cup Of Coffee?

Brewing the perfect cup of coffee can be tricky, but with a bit of practice, it becomes easy. The following are some tips to help you make the perfect cup:

  • Use fresh, cold water. Room temperature water will work too, but it’s best to use cold water to avoid getting a watered-down cup of coffee.
  • Use the correct ratio of coffee to water. A general rule is to use two tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water.
  • Grind your coffee beans. Pre-ground coffee can lose its flavor quickly, so it’s best to grind your beans just before brewing.
  • Use a good-quality coffee pot or brewer. Some brewers produce better-tasting coffee than others, so choose the brewer that tastes best to you.
  • Brew your coffee at the proper temperature. Pour boiling water into your cup or carafe before adding ground coffee beans. Let them “bloom” for 30 seconds, then pour the rest of the water in slowly.
  • Keep brewed coffee hot but not overcooked in a thermal carafe. If you are using a glass pot, don’t let it sit on the hot plate too long, or it will burn your coffee.


Measuring the perfect amount of coffee for your cup can seem daunting at first, but with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to make a delicious and satisfying cup of Joe without any trouble.

We’ve outlined some tips and tricks in this article that will help you become a coffee measuring pro in no time. How do you like your coffee? Whether you like it strong or weak, we can help you estimate the perfect amount every time with milk or sugar. 

I'm Elina but most people know me as DeesCoffee. I completed my bachelor's degree in Computer Science from South University. Personally, I'm a coffee lover who likes to have at least two times a day. Now I've DeesCoffee, here I explore different questions about brewing a perfect cup.