Coffee Spoon vs Teaspoon: What Are The Differences?


In this post we’re going to compare and contrast a coffee spoon vs teaspoon. If you’re someone who loves coffee, you’ll want to follow along to find out the similarities and differences.

We’ll also take a look other various types of kitchen spoons and how their sizes compare. First, let’s answer a few questions to help us understand size.

How Many Teaspoons are in a Coffee Spoon?

There are approximately 6 teaspoons in a standard coffee scoop.

How Does the Size of a Coffee Scoop Compare to a Coffee Spoon?

A coffee scoop is the same as 2 level tablespoons or 6 level teaspoons.

How Many Fluid Ounces of Water Should I Use with a Scoop of Coffee?

We recommend using 1 coffee scoop of ground coffee for every 6 fluid ounces of water, and is also known as the golden ratio.

Fluid ounces are measured according to United States measurements. Feel free to adjust the correct amount of coffee to achieve the ratio to make the perfect cup of coffee.

What is the Purpose of a Coffee Scoop?

A general rule of thumb is that a coffee scoop allows you to achieve precise measurements rather than calculating how many teaspoons or tablespoons of coffee grounds are needed to brew your pot of coffee.

Coffee scoops can come with a long handle, be purchased as stainless steel coffee scoops, ceramic coffee scoops, plastic coffee scoops. But the best coffee scoop is the one that you prefer.

Types of Spoons

Have you ever thought about spoons and how many different kinds there are?

There are many different types of spoons that have different measurements and can be used for different purposes in the kitchen.

Let’s take a look at some of the mini spoons, small-sized spoons, regular spoons, baby spoons,  and more as well as their functionality and purpose.

Dessert Spoon

A dessert spoon is similar to a soup spoon but has an oval rather than round bowl. Its unit of measurement is equivalent to two teaspoons or two-thirds tablespoons.

As its name suggests, a dessert spoon is designed for eating dessert.

Demitasse Spoons

Demitasse spoons that accompany a demitasse cup are a smaller spoon, also known as an espresso spoon or mocha spoon, are generally used for espresso and skimming the froth off the top. They are extra small, smaller than a teaspoon and similar in size to a baby spoon.

An after-dinner coffee spoon is a diminutive spoon or small spoon that’s traditionally used for coffee drinks and specialty drinks.

Sugar Spoon

A sugar spoon is basically a teaspoon with a deep bowl used to serve sugar. It comes in handy when serving beverages such as tea or coffee that often use sweetener.

A sugar spoon usually has a shell shaped base for decorative purposes and can also be called a shell spoon.  

Soup Spoon

A soup spoon is a large spoon that serves the purpose of eating soup. It has a nice, wide base so that you can fit more soup in it without having to go back and forth so much between your bowl and your mouth in order to consume a bowl of soup.

Grapefruit Spoon

A grapefruit spoon is a spoon that’s designed to eat grapefruit. It is approximately the size of a teaspoon but the tip of it is sharp and serrated making it easier to get the grapefruit flesh out of the skin.

Grapefruit spoons don’t typically come with a regular silverware set but can be purchased separately as a specialty item.  

Bouillon Spoon

A bouillon spoon is used to eat clear, broth based or jelly-based soups. It’s not intended to be used for cream soups.

As far as its size is concerned, it’s slightly smaller than a soup spoon and has a round shaped bowl.

Brazilian Cupping Spoon

A Brazilian cupping spoon is a type of spoon that’s used for cupping coffee in coffee sampling. The Brazilian cupping method uses 5 cups for each coffee batch that’s used.

Tablespoons and Teaspoons

Now that we’ve defined and listed many of the different kinds of spoons known by spoon enthusiasts and that are included in a spoon set, we don’t want to overlook the basic teaspoon and tablespoons, sometimes confused as tea spoons and table spoons.

A teaspoon is a small spoon, and three teaspoons equal a large tablespoon. In other words, a tablespoon is three times as big as a teaspoon.

Both a teaspoon and a tablespoon are a form of a measuring spoon that is often used for measuring baking ingredients or cooking ingredients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are the most common questions that relate to a coffee spoon vs teaspoon. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to drop them to us in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to respond.

Is a coffee spoon the same as a teaspoon?

No, a coffee spoon or coffee scoop is the equivalent of about 6 teaspoons. If you don’t have an exact teaspoon measuring spoon, you can use a regular kitchen spoon – the smaller one, not the larger one – as a substitute.  

What size is a coffee spoon?

A coffee spoon is also referred to as a coffee scoop. It’s used to measure coffee grounds when making coffee. There are 6 teaspoons in a coffee spoon.

Is a coffee scoop 1 or 2 tablespoons?

A coffee scoop is equal to 2 tablespoons, or 6 teaspoons. There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon.  

What is a coffee spoon for?

A coffee spoon is as the name indicates. It’s used to measure coffee grounds for making coffee.

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