How to Measure Coffee

Cups Calculator

Whether you're brewing coffee for a family reunion or just a small gathering, use our coffee calculator to figure out how much water and Folgers® Coffee you need.* Just enter how many cups you want to brew, and we’ll tell you the rest.

* Results based on household coffee makers. Not for use with foodservice machines.

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Serving size: 6 fluid ounces. Measure water using a standard liquid measuring cup.

Measurement Chart

Don’t know what constitutes a “strong” instant coffee versus a “regular” whole bean coffee? Here’s a helpful chart.

GROUND
WHOLE BEAN
INSTANT COFFEE CRYSTALS
Amount of Water Amount of Ground Coffee (Regular) Amount of Ground Coffee (Strong)
6 fluid ounces 1 tablespoon 2 tablespoons
30 fluid ounces 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
60 fluid ounces 1/2 cup 1 cup
Amount of Water Amount of Whole Bean Coffee (Regular) Amount of Whole Bean Coffee (Strong)
6 fluid ounces 1 tablespoon 2 tablespoons
30 fluid ounces 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
60 fluid ounces 1/2 cup 1 cup
Amount of Water Amount of Instant Coffee Crystals (Regular) Amount of Instant Coffee Crystals (Strong)
6 fluid ounces 1 rounded teaspoon 2 rounded teaspoons
12 fluid ounces 2 rounded teaspoons 4 rounded teaspoons

Here are some additional tips to help you get the perfect cup of coffee:

  • Don't boil or reheat coffee. It cooks out all of the delicate flavors and leaves a bitter taste.
  • Don't leave coffee on the burner. The coffee begins to caramelize and will smell "off." For best results, serve immediately or store in a thermal carafe.
  • Never mix old coffee grounds with new coffee grounds.