What Do The Numbers On A
Coffee Pot Mean?

It may seem obvious that the cup count refers to cups, but there's a twist.

A cup of liquid is equivalent to 8 ounces of liquid. But when it comes to coffee cups, it's defined as 5 ounces by many coffee makers. Those large mugs or an insulated steel cup, will usually hold 14 to 24 ounces.

  • Why aren't coffee pots and ordinary cups measured the same way? 

The numbers on your coffee pot may make you wonder what they mean even if you've been drinking coffee for a long time.

Don't think that you're the only one. Every time they drink coffee, they wonder about this. 

If we want to make the best brew, it's even important to know what we're doing and why.

You can see the numbers on the side of your coffee pot when you look at it.

When we look at this data, it shows us how much coffee we're making. But what kind of measurement system is being used?

In terms of coffee pots, do the measurements in cups or ounces make any sense at all? 

The cup count doesn't refer to cups. A good cup of coffee has a lot to do with these statistics.

This is owing to the fact that when brewing a pot of coffee, you'll be using a lot of ground coffee.

Rather than standard measurement, these figures are meant to represent serving size.

In order to make the best cup of coffee possible, you must use the entire 8 ounces of water for each cup of coffee.

Using the 6 cup mark on your pot, you'll need 6 level scoops of coffee, or around 12 tablespoons, to make six cups of coffee.

This will ensure that you don't have to deal with a weak cup of coffee or one that's overly strong.

To put it in another perspective, a tall coffee at Starbucks is 12 ounces, a grande is 16 ounces, and a venti is 20 ounces in size.

Therefore, you've most likely noticed that when you prepare a full pot of coffee that is labeled "12 cups," you frequently run out of coffee after only filling up a couple of glasses.

Coffee makers utilize a certain amount of water, measured in ounces.

Your coffee maker may already be using the 6-ounce cup standard. However, some producers use 5-ounce cups, while others use cups that are closer to four ounces. Why?

A cup of coffee typically holds between 8 and 9 fluid ounces. There are a couple of methods for weighing out 0.36 ounces of coffee.

The first is to make use of a coffee scoop to measure out the ingredients. Two tablespoons of coffee, or about 10 grams or 0.36 ounces, should fit comfortably in a level coffee scoop.

  • Are coffee cups 6 or 8 ounces in size?

You may be wondering how big your coffee cups and mugs really are now that you know coffee pot measurements are equal to 6 ounces.

The answer to that question is that they differ. If you're a coffee enthusiast who enjoys a large mug of coffee, it'll be larger than a standard cup.

Fortunately, you won't notice much of a difference if you properly measure the water you put in your coffee maker and measure your coffee to match.

A standard 12-cup coffee pot holds 60 ounces of coffee. If you're drinking from a standard 8-ounce cup, a full pot of coffee will provide you with slightly more than 7 cups to enjoy.

  • To summarize

The most important thing to remember about the numbers on your coffee maker is that they differ slightly from a standard cup measurement. This is to allow for the extra coffee grounds required to make a great cup of coffee. By remembering the 6-ounce size, you'll be able to properly measure your coffee and make an amazing cup of joe to enjoy whenever the occasion arises.

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OCM (OnCoffeeMakers.com) was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link). 

In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years: 

OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM 

OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM

Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with. 

Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops: 

OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more. 

So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates: 

For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube

For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG

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PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).

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