One cup of coffee is 4.5 ounces!!

I discovered today that the answer to the question, “how many ounces are there in a cup of coffee?” has a multitude of answers. I decided to use the scientific method and come up with an answer for myself that meets my needs (discussed below).

4.5 ounces = one cup of coffee in a standard carafe

I chose to use a standard which seems to be in place throughout the coffee maker industry. I used a standard coffee carafe, like you would find if you were looking to replace the one that came with your Mr. Coffee and somehow got broken. It takes approximately 55 ounces of water to fill the carafe to the 12 cup line. This means that someone thinks that a cup of coffee is supposed to be very close to 4.5 ounces. On the internet I found several instances where people define it as around 5 ounces so I’m going to assume they are wrong and use my painstakingly acquired measurement instead. My efforts were primarily aimed at finding out how many ounces of water a 12 cup pot of coffee would require since I was planning a trip and wanted to bring enough water from home to meet my needs.

It should be noted that many people consider a cup of coffee to be 6 ounces, and I won’t argue with that point since nobody really drinks a 4.5 ounce cup of coffee. Any cup that 4.5 ounces would fill would have to be considered by my estimation “dainty” and no self respecting male coffee drinker would be seen holding one in their hand. This means that your 12 ounce coffee carafe will hold very close to 8 cups of coffee….. I hope this makes the issue clear as mud… 😉


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