How Much Is a Shot of Espresso?

How much is a shot of espresso?

Whether you’re a new barista or simply a home coffee enthusiast, you might be looking for answers to this question.

This is what will exactly be covered in this guide, so keep reading.

We’re going to explain it here.

Espresso Shot Content

how much is a shot of espresso

What are the ways of measuring coffee?

By getting things right, you’ll like and appreciate your coffee more.

How’d you measure grounds and beans vs. espresso shots and brewed coffee?

Remember, both grounds and beans are dry ingredients, which can be measured in grams, ounces, scoops, and tablespoons. 

On the other hand, espresso shots and coffee are liquids and must be measured by volume (fluid ounces, cups).

However, it can be a little tricky for some people because we’re used to saying a cup of coffee, which actually refers to the cup or vessel we’re drinking coffee from. 

It doesn’t refer to a one-cup measuring cup coffee amount. It’s totally different.

The Way You’re Brewing Coffee

Take note that how you’re brewing coffee is also important.

For example, you’ll find brewing machines needing a certain ground among, but the others give you the flexibility of using more or less based on what you prefer.

However, you should have a digital scale with you on hand if the brewing method chosen lets you add more as you like.

In this way, you can choose to weigh out the right amount of ground, which you need for your cup.

But then, when do you need a tablespoon or a scoop for the recipe?  

Check out the following simple conversions:

Liquid measurement conversions

  • 1 fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons
  • 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces
  • 1 cup = 16 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon = 0.5 fluid ounces

Dry measurement conversion

  • 1 ounce = 28.6 grams
  •  4.3 grams = 0.5 ounces
  • 1 ounce = 2 tbsp.
  • 1 tbsp. = 14.3 grams

*The scoop usually with a ground coffee bag is 2 tbsps. or grams.

Measuring Accurately for that Perfect Cup

You’ll need a digital scale for your coffee, and it’s the best way of ensuring that you’re using the right ground amount to brew your coffee all the time.

measuring coffee

It will also help to use a set of measuring spoons.

Remember not to rely on the scoop or utensil you’re using in eating your ice cream, soup, and other food to measure accurately.

Use standard measuring spoons, which can help in ensuring correct measurement all the time.   

Another thing to note – don’t count the beans manually, because they’re not the same in size based on the roast level and bean type.

For example, the same taste won’t be produced with 10 pcs of light beans vs 10 espresso beans.

What about whole vs ground coffee beans?

Typically, it will take about two tablespoons of ground coffee in order to prepare a 6-oz coffee.

Now, the question: How many coffee beans are needed to put into your grinder to make two tbsps. of ground coffee?

uses for used coffee grounds

If you’re preparing a cup of drip coffee, you would need 10.6 grams of whole coffee to make 2 tbsps. of coffee grinds.

So, you’d have about 3 oz of coffee beans if you’d use whole beans and fill them until the one-cup mark of a measuring cup.

Nevertheless, you’d need a cup of whole beans to make about three cups of brewed coffee.

However, remember that the coffee ground amount you would need depends on the kind of brewing method used as well as the strength of coffee you’re using.

A thing about the ratio

You’ll need coffee ground and water when you want to brew coffee.

However, you should be mindful of the ratio of these two if you want to make the perfect cup.

The applied golden ratio that even baristas use – a gram of coffee grounds/18 ml of water.

Thus, if you’re looking to make 6-oz coffee, use 2 tbsps. ground coffee and ¾ cups of hot water.

This ratio is set by the Specialty Coffee Association.

But then, it’s not applicable for all brewing methods or all types of coffee drinkers.

So, if you like a stronger cup of coffee, use less water and add more beans.

Use fewer beans and more water if you want a weaker coffee, though.

For people who want a light brew, they can stick with the 1:18 ratio coffee to water, but 1:131:15 if you’re looking for a stronger brew.

But if you’re like many coffee lovers who want a bolder flavor, 1:10 might be for you.

Cold brew? If you like this instead of hot coffee, use a 1:5 to 1:8 ratio.

Brewing method?

If you’re preparing coffee with a bold and thick flavor, you can experiment a bit with the ratio.

So, if you’re making coffee that is thick and bold using a French press, use 1:10, or 1:17 if you’re using a lighter brew.

making espresso using french press

Note that the ratio between the coffee grinds and water makes the big difference in terms of the flavor and strength of the brew.

Thus, the golden ratio might not apply to everyone. It depends on the taste and preference of the person, who can adjust the ratio as they need to.

Single Shot vs. Double Shot

How about espresso-based drinks, like a cappuccino or a latte?  You can forget about the Golden Ratio because espresso is brewed differently (ratio 1:2, coffee to water).

Standard espresso makers are with a portafilter and a basket, measuring 58mm wide.

pulling espresso shot

How much espresso goes into a single or double shot?

  • For a single shot: 7 to 9 grams ground coffee
  • For a double shot (doppio): 14 to 18 grams ground coffee

Examples for different espresso drinks

  • Macchiato: Espresso shot with some foam
  • Americano: Espresso with hot water
  • Cappuccino: Same amount of espresso, steamed milk, and foam
  • Frappe: Espresso with ice and milk
  • Latte: A part of espresso and 2 parts of hot milk with a foam layer

How much is a shot of espresso?

We hope that this guide has helped you answer this question.

The next time you need to prepare a certain type of coffee drink, you’ll have an idea of what coffee grounds to water ratio to use.

The Golden Ratio doesn’t also apply to anyone because each of us has different tastes.

Some prefer bolder and thicker coffee, while the others a lighter brew.

Nevertheless, knowing how much a shot of espresso keeps you on the right track into brewing the perfect cup of joe.

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Charles is the author and managing editor of Cuppabean.com. A self-admitted coffee addict, he drinks 2-4 cups of coffee a day to get his fix. Read more about the site here.

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