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    Craig Werner
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    Greetings to the group.

    Is there a more or less standard response to the question of how many
    tablespoons one can expect to get out of a pound of ground coffee? Let's
    assume we're talking about coffee ground for a drip machine;. I know, of
    course, that this description admits to a wide range of grind finenesses,
    and I have also heard that a tablespoon is not a consistent measure;
    nevertheless, I can't help wondering if there is an acceptable answer to
    this question.

    Thanks for all help.

    Craig

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    prosenfe
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    The other week, I had just received a bag of very nice Panamanian
    beans, roasted to about a City+. My precision scale is currently dead,
    so I used a crude kitchen scale to work out volume to grams equivalent
    measurements. Basically, I weighted a volume of two cups, which my
    regular kitchen scale could give a moderately accurate weight on.
    Since their are 32 tablespoons in two cups, I could simply divide and
    get the tablespoon equivalent.

    In this case, a 2 tablespoon measure held 10.5 grams ( I've rounded a
    bit, this is good enough for engineering purposes). This is perfect, as
    10.5 grams is what I typically use for 6 oz of drip coffee. So in this
    case, 1 lb of coffee can give me 87 tablespoons of unground coffee and
    43 6oz servings.

    I repeated the process with a bag of rather large Yirg beans roasted to
    full city, and got a different relationship. Darker roasts tend to be
    lighter in weight and the bigger beans means it doesn't pack together
    as tightly. 2 TBS measure held about 9 grams.
    I'll let you do the math. I get the same number of servings (since I
    use weight and not volume) but a different number of tablespoons.

    I didn't remeasure after grinding, as that's pretty pointless. The burr
    grinding process makes very fluffy grounds, so how you scoop them can
    make a big difference in volume, depending how packed they get in the
    process. You'd basically have to sift them like flour before making the
    volume measurement. That's why I measure, by weight, the amount of
    beans I need, then grind them and dump them into whatever device I'm
    using to make coffee. (Espresso is an exception, I generally just grind
    until I've filled the portafilter).

    Maybe ground commercial canned coffee has packed down by sitting in
    the can so long that you can get a consistent measure, I wouldn't know.

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    John S.
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    Default Coffee: How Many Tablespoons in a Pound of Coffee?

    The other week, I had just received a bag of very nice Panamanian
    beans, roasted to about a City+. My precision scale is currently dead,
    so I used a crude kitchen scale to work out volume to grams equivalent
    measurements. Basically, I weighted a volume of two cups, which my
    regular kitchen scale could give a moderately accurate weight on.
    Since their are 32 tablespoons in two cups, I could simply divide and
    get the tablespoon equivalent.

    In this case, a 2 tablespoon measure held 10.5 grams ( I've rounded a
    bit, this is good enough for engineering purposes). This is perfect, as
    10.5 grams is what I typically use for 6 oz of drip coffee. So in this
    case, 1 lb of coffee can give me 87 tablespoons of unground coffee and
    43 6oz servings.

    I repeated the process with a bag of rather large Yirg beans roasted to
    full city, and got a different relationship. Darker roasts tend to be
    lighter in weight and the bigger beans means it doesn't pack together
    as tightly. 2 TBS measure held about 9 grams.
    I'll let you do the math. I get the same number of servings (since I
    use weight and not volume) but a different number of tablespoons.

    I didn't remeasure after grinding, as that's pretty pointless. The burr
    grinding process makes very fluffy grounds, so how you scoop them can
    make a big difference in volume, depending how packed they get in the
    process. You'd basically have to sift them like flour before making the
    volume measurement. That's why I measure, by weight, the amount of
    beans I need, then grind them and dump them into whatever device I'm
    using to make coffee. (Espresso is an exception, I generally just grind
    until I've filled the portafilter).

    Maybe ground commercial canned coffee has packed down by sitting in
    the can so long that you can get a consistent measure, I wouldn't know.
    My point was there are so many variables determine the amount of coffee
    in a tablespoon that it is literally impossible to come up with the
    number of tablespoons per pound of coffee.

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