If you’re getting serious about your brewing, you should weigh your coffee and water for brewing. This way, you’ll brew with a consistent recipe no matter the coffee you’re using. Did you know that 2 tablespoons of our Marine Layer Dark Roast only weighs .22 ounces, while 2 tablespoons of our Single Origin Papua New Guinea weighs .25 ounces?

Brew recipes are commonly expressed as a ratio: weight of coffee : weight of water. For example, 1:15 would mean that for every one ounce of coffee, you should brew with 15 ounces of water. For a less intense cup, you might use a ratio closer to 1:18. If you’re at the bottom of a bag of coffee and only have 1.25 ounces of coffee left, you simply multiply that by your brew ratio to calculate the amount of water to use (e.g., 1:15 = 1.25 x 15 = 18.75 ounces).

This type of recipe is also easy to scale. If you’re planning to brew a large batch for guests — say a 32 ounce pint — you can divide your water volume (32 ounces) by your brew recipe (1:15) to determine how much coffee to use (e.g., 32 / 15 = 2.13 ounces).

To simplify, you don’t always need to weigh your water. 1 ounce of water measured by volume will weigh 1 ounce (or 16 ounces will weigh 1 pound).