If you are just starting learn how to properly make your coffee – The first step is finding the right water and trying to decide if you should buy coffee that is already ground or use whole beans and grind them yourself. The next logical step is figuring out your coffee grounds to water ratio. How you measure it does it make a difference.

Most people tend to think that adding more coffee beans will make a “better” or stronger cup of coffee, but that’s simply now how coffee works. The type of coffee bean, its origin, the  darkness of the roast, and how the coffee is brewed play a bigger role than the number of coffee beans. It comes down to the way that coffee and water interact with each other.

 When the hot water dissolves the soluble compounds in coffee, we get the flavor and aroma – (there is only so much flavor and caffeine that can be extracted from each bean). If you over-extract your coffee it will leave you with a bitter and flavorless cup of coffee. On the other side, if you under-extract it, you will end up with a sour and salty coffee.

For the coffee extraction with the most flavor, there is a “perfect” coffee to water ratio that never fails, especially if you’re still getting the hang of brewing: 1:16 parts coffee to water. This can be grams or volume, but we recommend grams. So per 1 gram of coffee, add 16 grams of water; 22 grams of coffee to 352 grams of water, and so on. Adding any more coffee than that is just wasting coffee since you can only extract so much caffeine before you over-extract flavors. There are other factors, like how coarse the grind is, brew time, and water temperature, but the coffee to water ratio is probably the most important one.

Making stronger coffee is possible, but it’s not achievable by adding more coffee beans to your mix. If you prefer a bolder and full-bodied cup, you need to get it by buying the right beans, which is dark-roasted coffee. However, if you prefer coffee with more caffeine, you need to buy light-roasted beans.

 The trick is to stay loyal to the coffee to water ratio of 1:16, and focus on finding the right beans that work for what you are looking for. Once you get the hang of it, you can feel free to experiment and see what you like best, but this ratio of 1:16 is “universally” acceptable for most folks.

Making a great cup of coffee every time is all about consistency. When you find a combination of coffee beans, roast color, and flavor that you like, all that’s left is following a recipe – your recipe. One of the most important steps is to develop the habit of accurate measurement. We highly recommend getting a small kitchen scale, that will allow you to precisely measure water, beans, and coffee grounds. However, as an alternative option, you can measure by volume, it will just be less precise.

You will need a kitchen scale, water, and your favorite Arpeggio Coffee.

First, put your empty kettle on the scale, and hit the tare button (this resets the scale to zero so it will only measure what you add after to the kettle).

Slowly add water to the kettle until it reaches 352g.

Measure the beans.

Reset your scale, and get a clean container to use for your coffee beans or grounds. Hit the tare button after placing the container on the scale. Then add coffee until you reach 16g – they can be either pre-ground or beans.

It’s brew time!

Now you have the perfect ratio of coffee to water, Start brewing using your preferred brewing method.

That’s it!

You can experiment a little but we don’t recommend going too much lower or higher than these numbers; if you add too many grounds, your coffee will feel muddy; and the opposite will make your coffee too watery.

Enjoy Your Coffee!