What is the water to the coffee ratio?

More coffee doesn’t mean stronger or better coffee and that’s not how brewing coffee works . . .

Coffee brewing is about how coffee and water interact with one another and how the flavors are extracted from the beans.

The hot water dissolves soluble compounds in the ground beans, so the flavor and caffeine extracted are limited to each bean.

Trying to extract more from that bean will only give you a bitter, fry, and flavorless coffee. However, under-extracting, you’ll get coffee that tastes sour and a little salty.

So the ratio of 1:16 parts coffee to water is the golden ratio to achieve the tastiest and most flavorful extraction when brewing coffee. In weight, it’s 22 grams of coffee to 352 grams of water.

Adding more beans is just wasting coffee since there’s only so much caffeine that you can draw out before you start to pull over-extracted the flavors.

Other considerations have to do with grind size, brew time, and water temperature, but the most significant factor is the coffee to water ratio.

If you prefer a bolder, toastier, full-bodied cup which does exist, then you have to buy the right beans which are the dark-roasted beans, and the light-roasted beans for a more caffeinated cup.


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By: Douglas


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