How to Make a Consistent Cup of Coffee Using Whole Beans

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Is the coffee that you make from whole coffee beans inconsistent in taste? This is how to make whole bean coffee taste great every time you brew it.

Like most people, I am pretty finicky about my coffee.

I want a consistent cup from day to day.

With my Keurig coffee maker, I get the same taste from cup to cup because each k-cup is pre-measured and packaged.

But when I want to make coffee the old fashioned way, by grinding whole beans for a drip coffee maker or a percolator, it’s a little harder to get the formula right every time.

The key is figuring out the right quantity of coffee beans and the right grind.

So I created a system that works for me – and I want to share my process with you.

bowl of whole coffee beans and a bowl of ground coffee beans

Step 1: Start With a Good Coffee Grinder and a Scoop

Oh, yes – even something as simple as brewing whole bean coffee needs a few tools.

  • a coffee grinder
  • a coffee scoop or kitchen Scale
  • a container for storing the excess ground coffee

Choose a Coffee Grinder

coffee-grinder

The one pictured here is my very first, old coffee grinder.

There are many more advanced options to choose from. I upgraded to a newer version of what you see above but I have my sights set on a burr coffee grinder with an adjustable setting for the texture of the grinds.

Here are a few choices:

Use a Coffee Scoop or a Kitchen Scale

The next thing you will need is a coffee scoop or a kitchen scale.

Ideally, a kitchen scale is best – because if you weigh the coffee then you know you are using the exact same amount each day.

Alternatively, using the same coffee scoop each day allows you to be reasonably consistent with the quantity of coffee grinds that you use.

Here are some choices:

Here's a little tip – if you are lazy like me and don’t want to wash out that coffee scoop every day, find a little bowl to store the scoop in, as well.

Step 2: Weigh or Measure the Coffee Beans

At this point you have to remember to take notes.

Weigh or measure the quantity of coffee beans that you think will make enough grinds for the amount of coffee that you wish to make.

Now WRITE DOWN the weight or measurement of the coffee beans that you used.

To weigh the beans correctly, first weigh an empty bowl, the pour the coffee beans into that bowl and weigh it again.

Next subtract the weight of the empty bowl that you weighed above so you can figure out how much the beans weighed.

If you really have no idea as to much ground coffee you need – you can use this cheat sheet that I use when making ground coffee.

Depending on how much coffee you want to make, you can guesstimate the quantity of whole beans that you will need to grind.

Then I grind the coffee beans and dump the ground coffee into an empty container.

ground-coffee

Step 3: Measure the Grinds

Next, measure out how much of the grinds that you want to use.

Ideally you will use all of them, because the purpose of using whole bean coffee is get the freshest grinds.

But as you go through this trial and error process where you are trying to figure out how much coffee to grind, you may end up with extra grinds the first few days. Store these in an airtight container and use them on days that you don't have time to grind whole coffee beans.

Now go ahead and brew the perfect pot.

Step 4: Put It All Away

coffee-in-the-cabinet

Finally, tuck everything – the grinder, your coffee scoop, excess grinds, and your other coffee making equipment – onto a shelf in your cabinet. If you store it all together, you can get set up easily each morning.

Now, I don’t clean out my coffee grinder daily. Once a week I wipe it out because mine is not washable. But if yours is, be sure to clean it periodically.

A Simpler Option to Consider

To streamline the process a bit, you may want to consider using a Grind and Brew coffee maker like this one.

You will still have to work on getting the whole bean coffee measurements right – but then the grinding and brewing all happens in one step.

Do You Use Whole Bean Coffee?

Is whole bean coffee part of your morning routine?

Do you go through a similar process of measuring or weighing the coffee beans before grinding them?

Most importantly, do you keep a little “coffee notebook” and a cheat sheet with your measurements?

Tell me about it in the comments below.

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