Coffee at Home Pro Tips: Weigh Your Coffee

Today I’ll be sharing with you one pro tip that you can use to maintain consistency when making coffee.

Weigh your coffee instead of using measure spoons

You may have purchased coffee spoons or gotten them for free after purchasing a coffee dripper. Spoons do not measure weight but volume. Although volume may be the same, the weight of coffee can vary depending on the roast and size of the coffee. At least, that’s how I see it.

I tried out a test to see if it was true.

I prepared three types of coffee with various roast degrees and sizes.

This one is the lightest roast, somewhere between cinnamon and medium roast. This one has an average bean size with an average thickness.

For those that want to know, I’m using a TANITA Kitchen Scale to weigh my coffee beans. This one was 15g.

Next we’re looking at a slightly darker roast. Somewhere between city and full-city roast. This one is a lot rounder but with average thickness.

This weighed 16g. Just a one gram difference from the previous one.

This one is very dark, somewhere around French roast. The beans are slightly longer with less than average thickness.

This one weighed 14g. This was a little surprising given that this was slightly more than a spoonful of coffee.

As far as the conclusion goes, a spoonful of coffee doesn’t guarantee the same weight.

However, the difference is so small that you may not really notice the difference when making coffee. This is probably more important for someone who is really into coffee and wants to keep some sort of data using the weight of coffee.

One thing for sure is that the darker the roast, the lighter( in terms of weight) the coffee because the inside becomes more hollow and less dense.

Also, the smaller and rounder the coffee bean, the more you can hold inside a certain volume, which means more weight.

If you’re the type of person who just wants to enjoy coffee without really caring too much about the small nitty-gritty stuff, don’t worry too much about measuring the weight. However, if you’re interested in studying the difference in concentration and flavor profiles of coffee, weighing coffee is something you might want to consider.