How many servings is 1kg of coffee beans?

When it comes to coffee, most people are familiar with buying pre-ground coffee or brewed coffee drinks from cafes and coffee shops. However, some coffee aficionados prefer to purchase whole coffee beans and grind them fresh at home for the best flavor. This leads to the question – how many servings can you get out of a typical 1kg (2.2 lb) bag of whole bean coffee?

What is Considered a “Serving” of Coffee?

First, it’s important to define what constitutes a single “serving” of coffee. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one serving of brewed coffee is 6 fluid ounces (177 ml). This refers to the amount of black coffee after brewing, not including any added cream, milk, sweeteners, etc.

When it comes to whole coffee beans, the standard measurement is 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 6 oz serving. Since most automatic drip coffee makers are designed to brew a minimum of 4 servings (24 oz), the standard amount of coffee beans to use is 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons.

How Many Tablespoons in 1kg of Coffee Beans?

To determine how many servings can be brewed from 1kg of coffee beans, we first need to convert the weight into tablespoons. One kilogram equals 1000 grams. Using a conversion ratio of 15 grams per tablespoon for medium grind coffee, we can calculate:

1000g / 15g per tbsp = 67 tablespoons

So there are approximately 67 tablespoons of ground coffee in 1kg of whole bean coffee.

Calculating Servings Based on Tablespoons

Now that we know there are 67 tablespoons in 1kg, we can determine the number of servings by dividing by the standard 2 tablespoons per serving:

67 tbsp / 2 tbsp per serving = 33.5 servings

To prepare a full pot of coffee that makes 4 to 5 servings, you would use 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons of ground coffee. So with 67 tablespoons total, you can make approximately 16 to 17 pots or batches:

67 tbsp / 4 tbsp per pot = 16.75 pots

Each pot yields 4 to 5 servings, so multiply accordingly:

  • 16 pots x 4 servings per pot = 64 servings
  • 17 pots x 5 servings per pot = 85 servings

So based on these calculations, the number of servings that can be prepared from 1kg of whole bean coffee ranges from 64 to 85 servings.

Number of Cups of Coffee from 1kg Beans

Using the typical 6 oz serving size, we can also estimate the number of cups of black coffee that can be brewed from 1kg of beans:

  • Minimum: 64 servings x 6 oz (177 ml) per serving = 38 cups
  • Maximum: 85 servings x 6 oz (177 ml) per serving = 51 cups

So you can expect to brew 38 to 51 cups of black coffee from a 1 kg bag of whole beans, depending on the strength of the coffee and exact recipe you use.

Factors That Affect Number of Servings

It’s important to note that the number of servings calculated above is an estimate and can vary based on several factors:

  • Bean grind size: Finer grinds use more coffee per volume. So an ultra-fine espresso grind will have fewer servings than a coarse French press grind.
  • Coffee bean density: Some beans are denser than others, affecting weight to volume conversions.
  • Brewing method: Methods like espresso use more ground coffee per serving compared to drip.
  • Personal taste: Some people prefer stronger, more concentrated coffee using more grounds per water volume.

So the actual yield you get can differ based on your specific grind size, bean density, brewing method and personal taste preferences. However, the calculations above provide a reasonable estimate for expected servings.

Comparison of Typical Serving Sizes

To provide some additional context, here is a comparison of typical coffee serving sizes from difference sources of coffee:

Coffee Source Serving Size
Home-brewed coffee from 1 kg beans 38 to 51 cups (6 oz each)
Home-brewed coffee from 12 oz bag beans 10 to 12 cups (6 oz each)
Starbucks regular drip coffee (Grande) 16 oz
Starbucks Caffè Americano (Grande) 16 oz
Peet’s coffee French press 4 cups (4 oz each)
Nespresso original line capsule 1.35 oz

As shown, the number of servings can vary greatly depending on whether you are brewing your own coffee from whole beans, buying pre-ground coffee, or purchasing brewed beverages.

Cost Analysis of 1kg of Coffee Beans

Based on the estimated 64 to 85 servings from a 1 kg bag, we can also calculate the approximate cost per serving and cup of coffee brewed from 1kg of beans.

Let’s assume a high-end specialty coffee that sells for $20 per 1kg bag. We’ll use the median of 75 predicted servings from our calculations above.

Cost per serving:

$20 per 1 kg bag / 75 servings per bag = $0.27 per serving

Cost per 6oz cup:

$20 per 1 kg bag / 51 cups per bag = $0.39 per cup

So the cost of brewing your own coffee from whole bean specialty grade coffee is quite low, between $0.27 to $0.39 per cup depending on servings estimate. This is far less than buying a freshly brewed cup of specialty coffee at a café for $3 to $5 per cup.

You also have full control over factors like freshness, grind size, and flavor profile – which add to the value of grinding your own beans at home. And you eliminate waste from disposable paper cups and plastic lids when drinking homemade coffee.

Comparable Cost of Pre-Ground Coffee

For comparison, let’s look at the cost of using pre-ground coffee instead of whole beans:

A 12 oz bag of pre-ground coffee will make about 10 to 12 servings of 6 oz each. If the 12 oz bag costs $6, then:

Cost per serving = $6 / 12 servings = $0.50 per serving

Cost per 6oz cup = $6 / 10 cups = $0.60 per cup

So the cost of using pre-ground coffee is nearly double the cost of grinding your own beans – $0.50 per serving compared to $0.27 for home ground beans. Over time this adds up to big savings from grinding your own whole bean coffee at home.

Using Up 1kg of Beans Before Staling

One downside to buying larger 1kg bags of coffee beans is that the beans can begin to stale before you have time to use them up. Whole roasted coffee beans are best consumed within 2 weeks after the roasting date for ultimate freshness.

Here are some tips for using up a 1kg bag of beans while they’re still fresh:

  • Store beans in a cool, dark place in an airtight container to help preserve freshness.
  • Grind beans as needed right before brewing if possible.
  • Buy smaller 250g or 500g bags if you won’t use up 1kg quickly enough.
  • Adjust your coffee-to-water ratio to use more beans per cup.
  • Consider making cold brew concentrate which uses a higher ratio of grounds to water.
  • Use excess beans in cooking recipes like chili, mole sauces, or desserts.
  • Freeze portioned beans in airtight bags to keep longer term if needed.

With proper storage and some planning, you can take full advantage of the value and freshness of buying whole bean coffee in bulk.


So in summary, you can expect to brew somewhere between 64 to 85 servings of coffee from 1kg bag of whole bean coffee. This translates to approximately 38 to 51 cups of black coffee at 6 ounces per cup. Factors like grind size, bean density, brew method and personal preference affect the exact yield. But grinding beans fresh at home provides significantly lower cost per cup compared to buying pre-ground or brewed coffee. With proper storage and usage, buying coffee beans in bulk quantities can be an economical way to enjoy fresh, high-quality coffee.

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