Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Coffee Percolators - How Much Coffee?

We frequently get asked how much coffee should be used in a coffee percolator, like those we rent through Party Production Rentals. Here are some simple tips on using a coffee percolator.

Use “Regular/Electric Perk” ground coffee or "Coffee Ground for All Coffeemakers" for best results. DO NOT USE DRIP OR FINELY GROUND COFFEE as flooding of the basket can occur. There are some coffees that state they can be used for both drip and perk coffee makers, however through our testing it was found that this is ground too fine and can cause flooding of the percolator style coffee makers.

As a guideline, I generally recommend 1 heaping tablespoon per cup of coffee you make. This will give you a nice, rich cup of coffee. If you prefer weaker coffee, use a little less. I also found the chart below, which simplifies measurement of grounds. Use standard measuring cups ( as used to measure flour, sugar, etc.) to measure the coffee. The amounts of coffee below will brew mild to medium strength coffee which most people prefer. The amount of coffee can be adjusted to suit personal preference. As a guide, there are about 5 cups of coffee to a pound (16 ounces).

  • 12 - 18 Cups Coffee = 1 - 1 1/4 Cups Grounds
  • 20 - 25 Cups Coffee = 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 Cups Grounds
  • 28 - 36 Cups Coffee = 1 1/2 - 2 Cups Grounds
  • 40 - 45 Cups Coffee = 2 - 2 1/2 Cups Grounds
  • 50 - 60 Cups Coffee = 3 - 4 Cups Grounds
  • 70 - 80 Cups Coffee = 4 1/2 - 5 Cups Grounds
  • 90 - 100 Cups Coffee = 5 1/2 - 6 1/4 Cups Grounds
For a more detailed article on using a percolator, click here.


0s0-Pa said...

Trial and error my friend... that is the key to discovering a great coffee!

David Warshawsky said...

for one person and the pot holds 24 ounces tops what would you recommend

David Warshawsky said...

what I've seen nobody follows the can everybody has their own strengths include me

Frances said...

For every 6 oz. of water, you add 2 level T. of coffee. For every 8 oz of water, 2 heaping T.

Juan Rodrigo said...

Thank you

juan puentes said...

Do you need a filter on a 80 quart coffee maker?

Cindy said...

I use filters. I think it helps to keep a lot of the sediment out of the coffee.

Mantis Hugo said...

I use filters to separate the sediments. Thanks for this informative article. Make sure that you don't overdose yourself with caffeine. Try other beverages as well which are healthier than coffee.

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