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Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: h'
Date: December 29, 2007 10:16AM
I've been filling my 4 cup Mr. Coffee with a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup . . . a full 2 cups or water fills the cannister about to the 3 1/2 cup mark.
Is there some sort of standard I'm not aware of that says a cup of coffee is really 4.something ounces?
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Date: December 29, 2007 10:26AM
There is some standard that a "cup" of coffee is 5 ounces so a carafe for a coffee maker rated for 10 cups holds about 50 ounces. I found some sites that say the manuals for Cuisinart and Krups makers have this listed but I was not interested enough to track them down.



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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: billb
Date: December 29, 2007 10:40AM
Doesn't the Mr. Coffee have a carafe to transport water with ?
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: Dakota
Date: December 29, 2007 11:12AM
It is a well known secret that a cup is not really cup. I can fill up the whole Mr. Coffee pot with 4 coffee mugs of water. I think it is rated at 10 or 12 cups. One amusing thing that I have never been able to explain is that I sometimes get less water out than I put in.
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: h'
Date: December 29, 2007 11:50AM
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billb
Doesn't the Mr. Coffee have a carafe to transport water with ?
The cannister on the back is removeable but it doesn't always seal well so I don't remove it anymore.
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: h'
Date: December 29, 2007 11:52AM
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Dakota
One amusing thing that I have never been able to explain is that I sometimes get less water out than I put in.
Spooky!
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: billb
Date: December 29, 2007 11:55AM
Doesn't the dry coffee grounds absorb and retain a percentage of the water ?

If you weigh the grounds before perking, then after, the sum of the resultant coffee in the carafe and the now heavier grounds should equal the weight of the water you poured in.

I'll assume you don't miss and pour water all over like I do.
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: December 29, 2007 12:03PM
yes, in the modern age a cup is not a cup. i've seen 6 and 5 ounces called a cup when it comes to coffee. don't understand why or where this malpractice first occurred.
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: GGD
Date: December 29, 2007 12:14PM
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graylocks
yes, in the modern age a cup is not a cup. i've seen 6 and 5 ounces called a cup when it comes to coffee. don't understand why or where this malpractice first occurred.

Seems like a good cause for a class action law suit. If lawyers could get Seagate to cave because 1,000,000,000 bytes is not a gigabyte in some peoples minds, it seems like a slam dunk to when a cup is not 8oz.
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: December 29, 2007 12:26PM
The "mugs" we call coffee cups these days are a lot larger than what used to be used. You can see it with any older set of china or old place settings of dinnerware. I have some older sets around. The cups hold 8 ounces filled to the rim, or a "cup". You would only put about 5-6 ounces of coffee in to leave room for milk or cream and to not slop it all over.



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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: billb
Date: December 29, 2007 12:28PM
5 or 6 ounces to a coffee cup
instead of eight to a normal liquid measue.

Add imperial and canadian gallons into the mix and it is a lot easier not to measure.

Or fill your mug just half way, and have a little bit left over.
It's coffee. weak or strong it still tastes like coffee.
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: h'
Date: December 29, 2007 12:31PM
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GGD
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graylocks
yes, in the modern age a cup is not a cup. i've seen 6 and 5 ounces called a cup when it comes to coffee. don't understand why or where this malpractice first occurred.

Seems like a good cause for a class action law suit. If lawyers could get Seagate to cave because 1,000,000,000 bytes is not a gigabyte in some peoples minds, it seems like a slam dunk to when a cup is not 8oz.

LOL!! That's hilarious!


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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: h'
Date: December 29, 2007 12:33PM
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billb
5 or 6 ounces to a coffee cup
instead of eight to a normal liquid measue.

Add imperial and canadian gallons into the mix and it is a lot easier not to measure.

Or fill your mug just half way, and have a little bit left over.
It's coffee. weak or strong it still tastes like coffee.

Not measuring is also my standard approach to food prep. The fact that it comes out a bit different every time is a feature, not a bug. And the times it's a total washout . . . still worth it.
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: December 29, 2007 01:19PM
h'
I recently saw a 4 cup coffee maker that made me do a double take. The picture on the box showed the carafe full to the 4 cup mark, but the coffee "mug", not cup on the picture was also full of coffee, so did they get 5 cups out that 4 cupper?
I guess growing up with George Carlin makes you look at words and sayings a little differently than some others.

Dave



The secret to a long life is...

Don't do anything to shorten it.
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: December 29, 2007 01:22PM
I did my Ph.D. thesis explaining where the missing water goes. In a nutshell...

- absorbtion by the coffee grounds and filter, plus adhesion in the filter basket
- evaporation (you're boiling water, right?)
- Mr. Coffee coffee makers suck and sometimes a significant amount of water dribbles down the side of the coffee maker wall near the pot, never making into the pot (unknown whether that water has passed through the brewing basket first)

Note: I don't have a Ph.D. Perhaps my choice of thesis subject is to blame.



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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Date: December 29, 2007 01:32PM
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AllGold
Note: I don't have a Ph.D. Perhaps my choice of thesis subject is to blame.

Sorry to hear that. Maybe you didn't drink enough coffee? grinning smiley



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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: h'
Date: December 29, 2007 01:37PM
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AllGold
I did my Ph.D. thesis explaining where the missing water goes. In a nutshell...

- absorbtion by the coffee grounds and filter, plus adhesion in the filter basket
- evaporation (you're boiling water, right?)
- Mr. Coffee coffee makers suck and sometimes a significant amount of water dribbles down the side of the coffee maker wall near the pot, never making into the pot (unknown whether that water has passed through the brewing basket first)

Note: I don't have a Ph.D. Perhaps my choice of thesis subject is to blame.
I was hoping the question about the missing water was in jest . . .



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/29/2007 01:39PM by h'.
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: December 29, 2007 01:49PM
I thought adding smilies was too obvious.



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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: December 29, 2007 01:51PM
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AllGold
I thought adding smilies was too obvious.

Hey, this is the Internet. You can never be too obvious. spinning smiley sticking its tongue out



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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: richorlin
Date: December 29, 2007 10:06PM
What is so difficult? There's a big difference in a "cup" as a container and a "cup" as a measure of volume. A measuring "cup" is 8 ounces and only 8 ounces - never 4 or 6.
A "cup", meaning a container to hold liquid or powder can be anything from a one ounce espresso cup to a 16 oz coffee mug. It's pretty clear that the coffee maker manufacturers are referring to the latter. Is this something that should take 19 posts to discuss? OMG! what a colossal waste of bandwidth.



richorlin
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: December 30, 2007 12:08AM
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richorlin
What is so difficult? There's a big difference in a "cup" as a container and a "cup" as a measure of volume. A measuring "cup" is 8 ounces and only 8 ounces - never 4 or 6.
A "cup", meaning a container to hold liquid or powder can be anything from a one ounce espresso cup to a 16 oz coffee mug. It's pretty clear that the coffee maker manufacturers are referring to the latter. Is this something that should take 19 posts to discuss? OMG! what a colossal waste of bandwidth.

the directions for making coffee on most bags usually say 1 (or 2) Tablespoons of coffee per cup. well, what size cup does that manufacturer mean? there's a big intensity difference between 5 ounces of water and 8. i've yet to see directions that specify the amount of fluid. and if you buy a coffee maker thinking you'll get 80 ounces per pot and in reality you get 50 ounces, your friends are pissed off because you didn't make enough coffee the first time around. that's why it matters.

of course we're wasting bandwidth on this. that's why we hang out here!

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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: h'
Date: December 30, 2007 12:14AM
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richorlin
What is so difficult? There's a big difference in a "cup" as a container and a "cup" as a measure of volume. A measuring "cup" is 8 ounces and only 8 ounces - never 4 or 6.
A "cup", meaning a container to hold liquid or powder can be anything from a one ounce espresso cup to a 16 oz coffee mug. It's pretty clear that the coffee maker manufacturers are referring to the latter. Is this something that should take 19 posts to discuss? OMG! what a colossal waste of bandwidth.

LOL!!!!!
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: richorlin
Date: December 30, 2007 07:40AM
By the way, I've found that it takes a few pots of coffee to get the ratio right on a new coffee maker. Never mind the directions from the manufacturer. Everyone has a different idea of the perfect cup of coffee. Some like it so you can see through it, others like to stand a spoon up in it.



richorlin
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: December 30, 2007 08:59AM
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AllGold
I did my Ph.D. thesis explaining where the missing water goes. In a nutshell...

- absorbtion by the coffee grounds and filter, plus adhesion in the filter basket
- evaporation (you're boiling water, right?)
- Mr. Coffee coffee makers suck and sometimes a significant amount of water dribbles down the side of the coffee maker wall near the pot, never making into the pot (unknown whether that water has passed through the brewing basket first)

So this formula can be adapted to find the missing socks?



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Re: How many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: incognegro
Date: December 30, 2007 09:34AM
Most coffee instructions I've read mention a 6 oz. cup.

So it's not a 'Cup' (standard measure, 8 oz.) but a "coffee cup" (rather than a "mug").



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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: h'
Date: December 30, 2007 03:04PM
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RgrF
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AllGold
I did my Ph.D. thesis explaining where the missing water goes. In a nutshell...

- absorbtion by the coffee grounds and filter, plus adhesion in the filter basket
- evaporation (you're boiling water, right?)
- Mr. Coffee coffee makers suck and sometimes a significant amount of water dribbles down the side of the coffee maker wall near the pot, never making into the pot (unknown whether that water has passed through the brewing basket first)

So this formula can be adapted to find the missing socks?

I have wished for years that there was a way to store socks on your hard drive.
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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: December 30, 2007 07:01PM
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RgrF
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AllGold
I did my Ph.D. thesis explaining where the missing water goes.

So this formula can be adapted to find the missing socks?

Hmmm, maybe I'll finally get that Ph.D. after all. smileys with beer



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Re: Ho many ounces in a cup of coffee?
Posted by: billb
Date: December 31, 2007 09:31AM
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richorlin
What is so difficult? There's a big difference in a "cup" as a container and a "cup" as a measure of volume. A measuring "cup" is 8 ounces and only 8 ounces - never 4 or 6.
A "cup", meaning a container to hold liquid or powder can be anything from a one ounce espresso cup to a 16 oz coffee mug. It's pretty clear that the coffee maker manufacturers are referring to the latter. Is this something that should take 19 posts to discuss? OMG! what a colossal waste of bandwidth.



The only "waste" is the time taken to read it.
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