How to measure for a coffee maker

by Madeline Rogers
(San Antonio, Tx, usa)


I do not know how to make coffee. My husband is the one who drinks it. We bought a Bunn Coffee maker and I have been shy about using it as I don't know how much coffee to put in it for the number of cups. The instructions that came with it seem to assume that no one is that unknowing in this modern world and give only general information. So it just sits on my counter. In there any help for my situation?



Madeline, hi

You're right, coffee maker manufacturers always seem to assume that we can figure out their brewers without much guidance.

I'm not sure which Bunn Coffee maker you have, but you'll probably see some markings on the brewer's water reservoir that show you water levels that correspond to a variety of numbers of cups of coffee.

Hopefully you can find a mark there for 6 cups.

For each cup (6 ounces) you'll need between 2 and 2 1/2 level tablespoons of coffee. So, if you add 6 cups of water to the reservoir, you'll want to add between 12 and 15 level tablespoons of ground coffee to the filter basket.

Try that and, if the brew is either too weak or too strong for your husband's taste, you can adjust the amount of coffee you add the next time.

Good luck!

P.S. If you are just starting out and are a real beginner when it comes to making coffee, check out our Beginner's Guide to Making Coffee.

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Dec 18, 2011
Bunn + Folgers
by: Jeff

I love my Bunn and everyone seems to love the coffee that I make. I have found that the best coffee is made when you use fresh cold water and exactly 1/2 cup of Folgers.

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