How many cups is 250g of coffee?

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. With its rich, invigorating taste and aroma, it’s no wonder so many people start their day with a fresh cup of coffee. When making coffee at home, it’s important to use the right coffee-to-water ratio to achieve the perfect flavor and strength. But with so many different brewing methods and coffee grind sizes, how do you know how much coffee to use?

The Standard Measurement

Most coffee experts recommend using 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 6 ounces of water. This equates to about 14-15 grams of coffee per cup of brewed coffee. So for a standard 8 ounce cup, you would use around 2 tablespoons or 28-30 grams of ground coffee. This is a good baseline ratio for drip coffee makers.

However, not all coffees and brewing methods are the same. The ideal coffee-to-water ratio can vary based on factors like:

  • Coffee roast – Darker roasts are more concentrated in flavor, so you may need less ground coffee.
  • Grind size – Finer grinds extract more flavor, so you may need less coffee.
  • Brewing method – Methods like French press require more ground coffee.
  • Personal taste – Some people prefer stronger or weaker coffee.

So while the standard 2 tablespoons per 6 ounce cup is a good starting point, you may need to adjust up or down to find your perfect brew.

Calculating for 250g of Coffee

Now that we know the basic coffee-to-water ratios, let’s calculate how many cups of coffee you can make with 250g of ground coffee:

  • There are 28 grams in 1 ounce.
  • So there are about 8.9 ounces (250g divided by 28g per ounce) in 250g of coffee.
  • Using the standard ratio of 2 tablespoons (14-15g) per 6 ounce cup, 8.9 ounces of coffee would make approximately:
  • 8.9 oz coffee / 6 oz water per cup = 1.48 cups
  • Rounding up, 250g of coffee would make around 1.5 standard 8 ounce cups.

So if you’re using a typical drip coffee machine and the standard coffee-to-water ratio, 250g of ground coffee would produce about 1.5 cups of coffee.

Adjusting the Ratio

However, as mentioned before, you may need to adjust the coffee-to-water ratio based on other factors like brew method and personal taste preference. Here is how much 250g of coffee would make using different ratios:

Coffee-to-Water Ratio Cups per 250g Coffee
1 Tbsp per 6 oz cup (7g per 6 oz) 2.5 cups
2 Tbsp per 6 oz cup (standard ratio) 1.5 cups
3 Tbsp per 6 oz cup (21g per 6 oz) 1 cup

As you can see, using more coffee per cup results in fewer cups per 250g of coffee. Using just 1 tablespoon per 6oz cup nets 2.5 cups from 250g, while 3 tablespoons per 6oz cup yields only 1 cup per 250g.

Coffee-to-Water Ratio by Brew Method

The best coffee-to-water ratio also varies based on the brewing method. Here are some typical ratios for popular brew methods:

Brew Method Coffee-to-Water Ratio
Drip 2 Tbsp per 6 oz
Pour over 2-3 Tbsp per 6 oz
French press 3 Tbsp per 6 oz
Cold brew 3/4 cup coffee to 4 cups water
Espresso 1 oz coffee per 2 oz water

Methods like French press and cold brew require a higher coffee-to-water ratio to extract enough flavor. While espresso uses an even more concentrated ratio for that strong, thick crema.

Drip Coffee

For drip coffee using the standard 2 Tbsp per 6 oz ratio, 250g of coffee would make about 1.5 8 ounce cups.

Pour Over

With a slightly higher ratio of 2-3 Tbsp per 6 oz cup, 250g of coffee would make 1-1.5 cups using the pour over method.

French Press

Using 3 Tbsp per 6 oz cup for French press, 250g of ground coffee would make approximately 1 cup using this immersion brew method.

Cold Brew

Cold brew typically uses a ratio of 3/4 cup ground coffee to 4 cups water. Since there are about 85 grams per 3/4 cup of ground coffee, 250g would make approximately 3 cups of cold brew.


One ounce of ground espresso coffee makes around 2 ounces of espresso. So with 250g equal to 8.9oz, you could extract approximately 4.5 ounces or 4-5 shots of espresso.

Cup Size

The cup size also affects how many cups of coffee can be made with 250g:

Cup Size Cups with 250g Coffee
4 oz 3 cups
6 oz 2 cups
8 oz (standard) 1.5 cups
12 oz 1 cup

Smaller 4-6 oz coffee cups allow you to make more servings from 250g of coffee. While large 12+ oz mugs reduce the number of cups per 250g.

Coffee Bean Roast

The roast level of the coffee beans also impacts flavor strength. Darker roasts are more concentrated, so you may be able to use less coffee for the same flavor intensity. Here is how 250g of coffee translates to cups for light, medium and dark roasts:

Roast Coffee-to-Water Ratio Cups per 250g
Light roast 2 Tbsp per 6 oz 1.5 cups
Medium roast 2 Tbsp per 6 oz 1.5 cups
Dark roast 1.5 Tbsp per 6oz 2 cups

You may be able to stretch 250g of dark roast coffee to make 2 cups, while still achieving the desired flavor intensity.

Grind Size

The grind size of the coffee also impacts extraction and flavor. Finer grinds extract more, so you may need less coffee. Coarse grinds extract less, so you may need more. Here is how amount of cups from 250g changes based on grind size:

Grind Coffee-to-Water Ratio Cups per 250g
Extra fine (espresso) 1 Tbsp per 6 oz 2.5 cups
Fine 1.5 Tbsp per 6 oz 2 cups
Medium 2 Tbsp per 6 oz 1.5 cups
Coarse 3 Tbsp per 6 oz 1 cup

You can make more cups with finely ground coffee and fewer cups using coarsely ground coffee from the same 250g amount.

Personal Taste Preference

Finally, personal taste plays a big role. If you enjoy bolder, stronger coffee, you may use more grounds per cup. If you like mild coffee, you can use less. Here is how taste preferences translate to 250g:

Taste Preference Coffee-to-Water Ratio Cups per 250g
Strong 3 Tbsp per 6oz 1 cup
Medium 2 Tbsp per 6oz 1.5 cups
Mild 1 Tbsp per 6oz 2.5 cups

Those who enjoy robust, strong coffee may only get 1 cup from 250g. But coffee drinkers who prefer a mild brew could get 2.5 cups or more from the same amount.


So in summary, about 250g of ground coffee will make approximately 1.5 standard 8oz cups of coffee using the typical brewing ratio. However, the exact number of cups can range from 1 to 2.5 cups depending on the brew method, coffee roast, grind size, cup size, and personal preferences. The proper coffee-to-water ratio for the best flavor balance will ultimately depend on your specific brewing approach and tastes. But 250g is a good amount for making several mugs of delicious coffee to jumpstart your morning!

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