How to Weigh Coffee Without a Scale (Beans, Tbsp, More)

You can weigh coffee without a scale by counting beans or using a tablespoon to measure whole or ground beans. An average coffee bean weighs 0.136g. 1 tbsp of whole beans weighs 5.29g while 1 tbsp of ground coffee weighs 4.07g. Light, medium and dark roast coffee weigh different because they have varying moisture levels.

Bookmark this article and use it as a quick reference for weighing coffee if you don’t have a scale or when your scale runs out of batteries.

Weighing coffee beans without a scale

How much does a coffee bean weigh?

An average coffee bean weighs 0.136g. A light roast bean weighs about 0.141g, a medium roast bean weighs about 0.137g, and a dark roast bean weighs about 0.130g. Darkers roasted coffee weighs less because it contains less moisture.

The moisture has evaporated due to a higher roasting temperature.

Roast levelWeight of one coffee bean
Light roast coffee0.141 grams
Medium roast coffee0.137 grams
Dark roast coffee0.130 grams

Coffee beans can also vary in weight depending on where they are grown. Coffee grown above 2,000 meters above sea level (MASL) grows more slowly and more densely. This makes it a little heavier on average than beans grown at a lower altitude.

The table above is based on an experiment we ran where we weighed 20 coffee beans of different roast levels. The resulting number above is an average of each bean based on these measurements.

Simply divide your desired weight of coffee by the numbers in the table above to get an estimate on how many beans you need for your coffee.

How much does a tablespoon of coffee weigh?

A level tablespoon of whole bean coffee weighs about 5.29g while one tablespoon of ground coffee weighs about 4.07g. Light, medium and dark roast coffee weigh slightly different from each other though due to varying moisture levels.

Measuring coffee with tablespoons

We weighed different roasts levels of whole bean and ground coffee in a tablespoon. The table below shows how much each weighed on average.

Roast level1 tablespoon (whole bean)1 tablespoon (ground)
Light roast coffee5.73 grams4.06 grams
Medium roast coffee5.16 grams4.48 grams
Dark roast coffee4.97 grams3.67 grams

How to weigh pour over coffee without a scale

You can prepare pour over coffee without a scale by measuring the volume of water and by either counting the number of whole beans or using a tablespoon measurement for ground beans. A common 330ml cup of coffee will require 330ml of water and either 156 whole beans or 5.42 tbsp of ground beans.

Coffee volumeNo. of light roast beansTablespoons of ground light roast
270ml128 beans4.43 tbsp
285ml135 beans4.68 tbsp
300ml142 beans4.93 tbsp
315ml149 beans5.17 tbsp
330ml156 beans5.42 tbsp
345ml163 beans5.67 tbsp

How can I measure coffee without a scoop?

You can measure coffee without a standard coffee scoop by weighing the beans, counting individual beans or by using a tablespoon. A coffee scoop is 2 tablespoons and contains about 10.57g of whole bean coffee or 8.14g of ground coffee.

If you have a food scale, you can reference the table below to measure how much coffee to use based on how many coffee scoops you typically use. If this is the case, it’s more accurate to weigh your coffee anyways than to use a scoop measurement.

Roast level1 coffee scoop (whole beans)1 coffee scoop (ground)
Light roast coffee11.46 grams8.12 grams
Medium roast coffee10.32 grams8.96 grams
Dark roast coffee9.94 grams7.34 grams

If you don’t have a scale then you can count individual beans. The average coffee scoop will hold about 77 whole beans. But you can refer to the table below based on the roast type you’re using.

Roast level1 coffee scoop (whole beans)
Light roast coffee81 beans
Medium roast coffee75 beans
Dark roast coffee76 beans

The reason the number of beans differs by roast is because the coffee beans are different sizes. Coffee beans expand the darker they are roasted. So a coffee scoop will hold fewer dark beans than light beans.

What can I use to weigh coffee?

The best thing to weigh coffee with is a food scale that rounds to the nearest tenth of a gram. But you can also use scales that simply measure to the nearest whole gram. There are also special coffee scales that include a stopwatch so you can time your pour over without needing to pull out your smartphone.

If you don’t have a food scale then you can weigh your coffee by counting your beans or measuring the whole or ground beans using a tablespoon. Use the tables above to calculate this manual method of weighing.

How do you measure 10g of coffee?

10g of coffee is roughly 74 whole beans. It is also equivalent to about 1.89 tablespoons of whole beans or 2.46 tablespoons of ground beans. However, these numbers will change slightly depending on the roast level you are using.

The table below provides an estimated number of light, medium and dark roast beans for 10-25g of coffee. This should give you an idea of how much coffee is required for most single-serve coffee making methods.

Grams of coffeeNo. of light roast beansNo. of medium roast beansNo. of dark roast beans
10 grams71 beans73 beans77 beans
11 grams78 beans80 beans85 beans
12 grams85 beans88 beans92 beans
13 grams92 beans95 beans100 beans
14 grams99 beans102 beans108 beans
15 grams106 beans109 beans115 beans
16 grams113 beans117 beans123 beans
17 grams121 beans124 beans131 beans
18 grams128 beans131 beans138 beans
19 grams135 beans139 beans146 beans
20 grams142 beans146 beans154 beans
21 grams149 beans153 beans161 beans
22 grams156 beans161 beans169 beans
23 grams163 beans168 beans177 beans
24 grams170 beans175 beans185 beans
25 grams177 beans182 beans192 beans

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