Moccamaster Coffee Ratio: What’s the Formula?

By Admin March 4, 2022

The Moccamaster is an industry-leading java brewer that’s made quite the name for itself. It sits in the kitchen of millions because of how reliable, durable, and easy it is to use.

It was designed by inventor Gerard C. Smit in 1968, who also founded the Technivorm factory in the Netherlands in 1964. The company name is short for Dutch words ‘Techniek’ and ‘Vormgeving,’ which mean “form and function.” 

Smit collaborated with the Norwegian Coffee Association (NCA) to create this one-of-a-kind brewing appliance. It was here that he perfected the kinks of his machine, more importantly worked out the perfect Technivorm coffee ratio. 

You’ll be surprised to learn that the Moccamaster brew ratio formula is different from regular brews. We’ll cover this and more in this detailed guide. 

The Coffee Ratio Formula

The coffee ratio formula refers to the amount of coffee you add depending on how much water you use. The most common ratio, also known as the Golden Ratio, is two tablespoons of coffee per six ounces of water. This holds true for most java brewers; however, the Moccamaster brew ratio is different.

How Does the Moccamaster Coffee Ratio Differ?

The Moccamaster coffee ratio is also known as the SCAA golden ratio. SCAA stands for Speciality Coffee Association of America, and it recommends a 1:18 ratio or about 55 grams of java per liter of water. 

If this ratio should be adjusted, Moccamaster recommends adjusting 1:16 to 1:18 to suit different tastes. However, it’s only the amount of coffee that changes; the amount of water stays the same. A good way to remember this is: the smaller the ratio, the stronger the cup.

How Much Water and Coffee Should I Use?

The easiest way to figure out how much to use is by dividing the amount (millimeters) you want to make by 18. For instance, you’ll want to use the following:

  • 17 grams of coffee per 300 milliliters of water 
  • 42 grams of coffee per 750 milliliters of water 
  • 69 grams of coffee per 1,250 milliliters of water

Note: Since not all tablespoons are level and measuring accurately isn’t always possible, weigh the grounds for a more accurate measuring. 

Can I Change the Formula?

Yes, you can. However, the question is, should you?

You would only consider changing the formula if you prefer your java stronger or weaker. In this case, if you like your brews stronger, we suggest exploring different beans and roast profiles until you find one that better suits your taste.

Now, if the java is too strong, we suggest adding hot water to your cup (not the formula). This will weaken the taste but preserve the flavor.

Why is the Coffee Ratio So Important? 

Without coffee to water ratios, we’d have inconsistent cups of joe. They are important since they determine your cup’s strength, flavor, and aroma. They also offer a good starting point for those who want to experiment. Depending on how strong you like your brews, you can use more or less water. 

What Can Affect the Moccamaster Coffee Ratio?

There are a few factors that can affect this including the size of your grinds, the type of brewer used, or the type of beans used.

For example, finer grounds make coffee taste bitter, while a coarser grind can give it very little taste. Sometimes, establishing the perfect cup of joe is all in the type of grind used. 

Moreover, because every brewing appliance operates differently, you’re looking at different brewing times, which also affects your brew. Adjusting the time will adjust the extraction and overall taste of your java. We suggest keeping track of the time, grind size, and ratio. Then, adjust as needed.

Final Thoughts 

Today, the Moccamaster has established itself as an easy-to-use, durable, and reliable brewer. It’s great for home or commercial use; however, the coffee to water ratio was established specifically for this machine and shouldn’t be changed. 

However, if you must, remember that the lower your ratio is, the stronger the taste will be. Also, the brewer, beans, and size of the grind you use will affect your ratio. You’ll want to experiment until you get the desired taste. 

With this guide, you should hopefully have a better understanding of the Moccamaster coffee ratio and how to use this brewing device to make great cups of joe. Happy caffeinating!