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Last Updated: 18th January 2021

10 Best Coffee Scoops 2021

By Helen Cartwright
By Helen Cartwright
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    There are a couple of things you need to get spot-on for a perfect coffee.

    A decent coffee is a must. Decent machines and accessories are another one. You also need the right grind level for your preferred method.

    But, getting the correct amount of coffee is vital too. Too much and it could be bitter. Too little, and it will taste just like slight coffee tainted water and not give you the caffeine kick you need.

    A coffee scoop is the ideal way to measure out your brews. Not only will you have the perfect amount of coffee powder in there, but it will be right time and time again – unlike just using your instincts.

    But there are hundreds out there, so we have helped to make the decision easier and found 10 of the best around, giving you a choice of materials, sizes and extras.

    Our Top Picks

    The Best Coffee Measuring Scoops

    Coffee Scoop Buying Guide

    Capacity

    As with most products you buy, size does unfortunately matter, and with a measuring scoop you naturally want to be able to dole yourself out a suitable portion of coffee grounds or beans.

    In general, coffee scoops range from around 6 g portions all the way up to 30 g – which equates to around 2 tablespoons.

    If you like your coffee very weak we would obviously suggest going for a smaller size, and if you’re actually a bit of a caffeine junkie, perhaps going for a larger size.

    Measurement Increments

    Everyone likes to be able to measure out their coffee grounds just right as we all have our own opinion on how much or little grounds are needed to create the perfect cup of joe.

    Frustratingly though, so many larger capacity scoops don’t come with measuring increments for when you don’t plan on filling the entire scoop. So you know exactly how much you’re dishing out each time, try to choose an option with clear measuring guidelines.

    Handle Length

    We hate to remind you of this, but coffee grounds can be really messy, and will get all over your hands and worktops if you let them!

    When a bag of grounds is starting to reach the bottom, a long handle helps you get in there and fish out the last of the good stuff without cramming your hands into the pack and getting them all stained with coffee.

    Material

    The most common types of coffee scoop are made out of either plastic or stainless steel.

    Plastic options tend to be cheaper, lightweight and dishwasher safe, however this often comes at the price of durability and odour/coffee stain absorption.

    Stainless steel are conversely more expensive, heavier and are often only suitable for handwashing, but they will last a lot longer.

    You can also buy wooden, which are strong and look great, but it is best not to wash them frequently as they will become damp and pick up the flavour of coffee easier – bad if you go from flavour to flavour.

    Clip Accessory

    If you serve your coffee straight from the bag rather than from within a container, clip accessories attached to the handle of the spoon can make for a great 2 in 1 device.

    Clips help seal off air exposure to your ground coffee bag, sealing in flavour for longer.

    Tamping Accessory

    If tamping is a big part of your own personal coffee brewing procedure, several coffee scoops feature wide flat bases for tamping your beans or grounds down to help promote that crucial extraction process.

    Ease of Cleaning

    As previously stated coffee grounds can get messy and so choosing a dishwasher safe scoop can make a world of difference!

    Stainless steel options will also likely clean easier than plastic ones when it comes to hand washing as it is a less porous material and so will absorb less colour.

    FAQs

    What size coffee scoop do I need?

    In truth, this is entirely dependent on your own preference of things like coffee strength and density of grounds.

    Generally, 8 grams is considered an optimum dosage to equate to one large, evenly-dosed cup of coffee. However, you may well like your coffee’s much weaker or stronger!

    We would advise going for spoons which allow a range of 8g to 12g, which will allow you to cater to standard joe lovers as well as those who prefer a bit of backbone in their mocha.

    You should only go for measurements less than this if you like your coffee a little weaker. Similarly, mammoth tablespoon servings make dosing out standard coffee amounts a little difficult, so save yourself some faff and get an 8g -12g!

    How much should I pay for a coffee scoop?

    In general, a coffee scoop shouldn’t cost you more than around £10, especially if you are buying a single spoon. Sets of 2 or 3 can sometimes stretch up to £15, but any single spoon selling over that price needs to be from a top designer kitchenware brand to justify the price.

    What is the best coffee scoop material?

    The best material is undoubtedly stainless steel, as this does not pick up odours and doesn’t absorb coffee into it’s material causing stains and a poor quality look over time.

    They’re also far more durable than plastic options and so will last you a lot longer.

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