# the Black Beane of SatanJune 29, 2011 8:43 PM   Subscribe

How many 12oz. (more or less) MUGS of coffee can I make with this coffeemaker?

This really catches my eye. It's red! Between us, Mr. Terrier and I drink about four 12 ounce mugs of coffee per day total. The label of "12 cups" is meaningless since some entities consider a 6 ounce cup-and-saucer to be a cup, rather than the typical Pyrex measuring cup of 8 ounces.
Coffee mavens with a 12-cup maker out there: how many mugs-worth do you get?
or as the Bowery Boys might say, "mugz woith"
posted by BostonTerrier to Food & Drink (10 answers total)

In my experience, coffee pot cups are always 6oz. Or that's what I assume them to be, and I halve my expectations of mugzworth accordingly.
posted by mumkin at 8:45 PM on June 29, 2011

I wonder the same thing when I got a coffee maker as a gift. I have a 18oz mug. But the coffee maker makes 12 6oz cups of coffee. To complicate things, the coffee my my gave me used 5oz as their "cup." To fill my mug to the top, it takes 4 "cups" of coffee from the coffeemaker.
posted by birdherder at 9:08 PM on June 29, 2011

Best answer: Nearly an infinite number, assuming that you don't mind making a second pot of coffee...

Eh, but a 12 cup coffee maker holds 72 ounces.. So a 12 ounce mug would make 6 cups out of a full pot - assuming no cream or sugar.
posted by Nanukthedog at 9:11 PM on June 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: From one of the reviews:

"one cup of hot coffee for me equals about four cups as measured on the carafe."
posted by incessant at 12:42 AM on June 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

I have actually measured this in my 12 cup pot (in order to nail down the right ratio of beans to H2O) and one "cup" is actuall 4oz. I also just realized that there is a small cup logo on the carafe that says "4 oz" above it.
posted by radioaction at 5:00 AM on June 30, 2011

Seconding Nanukthedog's measurements, but I also find that the amount of actual coffee I get versus the amount of water I put in differs by about 2-3 ounces. I guess the difference comes from some of the water getting burned off as steam?
posted by SuperSquirrel at 5:53 AM on June 30, 2011

I usually put about 5.5 "cups" of water iin my coffee cup and get two 13-ounce mugs. (Yes, I went to the trouble of pouring water into the mug and then putting it into a measuring cup. For science!) So that's a bit under five ounces per "cup".

but I also find that the amount of actual coffee I get versus the amount of water I put in differs by about 2-3 ounces.

also, when you take the used coffee grounds out of the machine, they're wet. I think that wetness is water.
posted by madcaptenor at 7:12 AM on June 30, 2011 [2 favorites]

Best answer: A cup of drip coffee is 6 ounces. This is the official American standard in terms of baristas, coffee makers, restaurant supply stores, and your classic bog standard coffee mug. When you order a "tall" or whatever the smaller size is at places like Starbucks, you're getting the classic 6oz of coffee. Coffee from most fast food joints and delis, that's a 6oz cup.

When you're talking about coffee, you can forget that 8 ounces equals a cup in liquid measures. A standard cup of coffee is 6oz. Multiply by 2 for your 12 ounce cups (12 oz is Starbucks' "grande", if you were curious). That's how many coffees your coffee maker will make you.

Thus, using math, we can conclude that a "12-cup" coffee maker will make you and the mister 6 you-sized mugs of coffee, total (3 apiece).
posted by Sara C. at 9:24 AM on June 30, 2011

When you order a "tall" or whatever the smaller size is at places like Starbucks, you're getting the classic 6oz of coffee.

Multiply by 2 for your 12 ounce cups (12 oz is Starbucks' "grande", if you were curious).

Starbucks sizes are actually: "tall" = 12 ounces, "grande" = 16 ounces, "venti" = 20 ounces (from Italian for "twenty"). Rumor has it that originally their sizes were "short"/"tall"/"grande" which were 8/12/16 ounces, and at least a few years ago it was still possible to get the "short" size.

(12 ounces = standard soda can.)
posted by madcaptenor at 9:27 AM on June 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

My mistake about the tall/grande confusion. This is why Starbucks is ruining coffee for everyone. Also why their Americanos are so foul - a proper Americano is supposed to be like 4-6 ounces of liquid. Not 12.
posted by Sara C. at 9:34 AM on June 30, 2011

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