How Many Ounces In A Standard Coffee Pot - 10, 12 or 16

How Many Ounces In A Standard Coffee Pot – 10, 12 or 16?

Last updated on October 22nd, 2023 at 19:03

I got asked the question “how many ounces in a standard coffee pot?” by a reader who checked the result in google and found the featured answer to be 5 ounces.

I don’t know about you, but that seems to be pretty small for a standard coffee pot!

In this short and brief article I will give you the answer to that question for the varying sizes of a coffee pot, small, medium, large and so on.

If you are in a rush – the standard medium size is a 12 cup coffee pot.

But how many fluid ounces is that?

To find out, keep reading!

How Many Ounces In A 12 Cup Coffee Pot?


if you google the answer to this you get a couple of contradictions ranging from 60 fluid ounces to 96 fluid ounces.

That’s quite a difference. The correct and accurate answer that I can tell you by physically measuring my own carafe and a borrowed pot of coffee from a friend’s 12 cup capacity coffee maker.

Measuring by both the weight of water and how many ounces of water by means of a measuring jug, we arrived at 60 ounces of water for both my carafe and his 12 cup coffee pot.

Thus, we can happily say that one coffee cup is 5 ounces.

For my metric readers, one ounce is approximately 30 ml, not exactly but a good approximation. Therefore, 5 ounces is 150ml.

How Many Ounces In A 12 Cup Coffee Pot
There Are 60 Ounces In A 12 Cup Coffee Pot

Read: Single cup or pot coffee maker

How Many Ounces In A Coffee Cup?

It appears that the standard cup of coffee measurement uses the American 5 ounces is one cup. I have arrived at this by means of trial and error. We also contacted a number of manufacturers and their customer service to ask them via email.

One coffee cup = 5 ounces (150 ml).

A small coffee pot is defined as 10 cups – 50 ounces (1.5 liter).

A standard coffee pot is said to be 12 cups – 60 ounces (1.8 liter).

A large coffee pot is, by standard definition, 14 cups – 70 ounces (2.1 liter).

Are Coffee Maker Cups 6 Or 8 Oz?

Neither. A more accurate number is 5 ounces. When we contacted the leading manufacturers by email and double checked by checking on our own we found that an average 12 cup coffee pot held 60 ounces of water. 60/12 = 5.

It appears that the smaller number of 5 is used for marketing purposes with 4 being too small – it is just a double double shot of espresso and notable lacking in volume. A smaller amount allows them to put a larger, greater number of cups on the product information for their coffee maker.

  • A 60 ounce carafe /  6 ounce cup size = 10 cups.
  • A 60 ounce carafe / 8 ounce cup size = 7.5 cups.
  • A 60 ounce carafe / 12 ounce cup size = 5 cups.

But when they use and take a standard 5 ounce cup size they can market a 60 ounce as a 12 cup carafe. In reality it is more like a 5 cup when you use what is a more reasonable and acceptable size of coffee cup (12 ounces).

12 ounces is not that big and more a normal size. In metric it is 360 ml.

Are Coffee Maker Cups 6 Or 8 Oz
A Coffee Cup Size Is 5 Oz For A Carafe

Read: How does the Keurig carafe work?

Are The Numbers On A Coffee Pot Cups Or Ounces?

It fully depends on which coffee pot you have. On mine and all the ones I have seen they are both cups and ounces marked on both sides of the line. On one side it is ounces, on the other cups.

On versions sold in Europe we have the measurements in milliliters and cups.

How Many Tablespoons Of Coffee For 8 Cups?

It depends on which brewing method and technique you are using. This will vary as the coffee to water ratio is different for all brewing methods.

At Latte Love Brew we prefer and encourage you to use a digital scale to weigh both your water and your grounds.

Assuming you are brewing drip coffee, you should use 16 tablespoons of coffee for a good quality cup of coffee.

Frequently Asked Questions About How Many Ounces In A Standard Coffee Pot

A standard coffee pot can hold 60 ounces of coffee which is enough for 7 or 8 cups of coffee.

How Many Ounces Is A Mr Coffee Pot?

A Mr Coffee 5 cup coffee maker has a 25 ounce carafe which is enough for 3x 8 ounce cups of coffee or 4x 6 ounce cups of coffee or 2x 12 ounce cups of coffee

The most common coffee size in America is 8 fluid ounces. Elsewhere in the world it’s 250 ml which is 8.45 Oz.

What Are McDonald’s Coffee Sizes?

McDonald’s sell their coffee in three different sizes, which are:

  • Small: 12 Oz (360 ml).
  • Medium: 16 Oz (480 ml).
  • Large: 22 Oz (660 ml). 

Their coffee is 100% Arabica and roasted by Gaviña. All their coffee is medium roasted except their espresso, which is a dark roast. 

Frappé-Ing It All Up – How Many Ounces In A Standard Coffee Pot?

You asked, and you got the answer to how many ounces in a standard coffee pot. The number taken and found by our TAFO – Test And Find Out discovered that it is rather diminutive, very small!

It’s only a standard 5 ounces per cup x the number of cups that your coffee pot holds, typically 12 which total 60 ounces.

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Derek Marshall is a coffee expert and a Specialty Coffee Association Certified barista holding the professional certification for coffee brewing and barista skills. He has 20+ years experience of working in specialty coffee shops. He has several authoritative books published about coffee covering topics of specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. His experience as a barista covers 2 decades and counting of working in specialty coffee shops in the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia. Indonesia and Vietnam. He has deep knowledge of the unique coffee culture in each of these nations and specialty beverages requested and brewing techniques and equipment. As a coffee consultant he commands US$50 per hour. Learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew by checking his About Me Page. If you have any questions about coffee, give him a call on +34-639-410-375 or drop him an email Please state your name and where you are from.

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