How to Measure Coffee Grounds When Using a Percolator

Percolators move boiling water through coffee grounds to produce a rich, full bodied coffee brew. The grind and amount of coffee used for a percolator differs from drip or French press coffee makers. Increasing or decreasing the amount of coffee grounds will have change the strength of the finished coffee. You must use a standard coffee-measuring spoon which equals 2 tbsp. for determining the amount of ground coffee to use.

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Changing the amount of coffee used in a percolator will change the strength of the coffee.

Step 1

Grind your coffee beans to a coarse or French-press grind. The grounds should be larger than sugar or sand particles.

Step 2

Divide the amount of water you will put into the percolator by five to determine the number of 5 oz. servings. For instance, if your percolator holds 50 oz. of coffee, you will make 10 servings.

Step 3

Determine the desired strength -- light, medium or dark.

Step 4

Use half of a standard coffee measure per cup for light, three-quarters for medium and a whole standard coffee measure for each cup of strong. For the example, if you want to make 10 cups of medium-strength coffee: 10 x 3/4 = 7 1/2 standard coffee measures.

Step 5

Add the coffee grounds directly to the percolator basket or put them into a percolator filter before putting the filter into the basket.

Step 6

Brew the coffee in your percolator according to the directions for the machine.


Athena Hessong

Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high-school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor in Arts in history from the University of Houston.