Do people really drink a 4-ounce cup of coffee?
- Midlife Apr 25, 2012 02:23 PM
This has always made me scratch my head.
We've used a Cuisinart coffeemaker for years and years, and almost every time I fill the carafe I ask my self why I'm filling it to FOUR cups to make myself one moderate-sized mug of coffee. Seems as if all coffeemakers share this same measure (at least the ones I've seen).
A "standard" cup of coffee (according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasse_%C... ) is 4 ounces. I get that! BUT................ who drinks that small a cup??? That's just slightly larger than an espresso or demi-tasse cup (which is supposedly 2 to 3 ounces.
So............... why do manufacturers use that small a measure? Just because it's a "recognized" standard? Recognized where and by whom these days?
Not a huge issue, but I AM curious if this bothers other people and what you all think about it. (Obviously a little too much time on my hands this afternoon. ;o])
I use a Mr. Coffee and fill it up to 8 cups. I think it gets me 3-4 mugs. Never really thought about it, I just know if I fill it to 8 cups I won't run out of my morning coffee.
Does anyone drink a 4 oz cup of coffee? Nope.
They use that size because they can sell their machines -- if they said "makes 2 cups" no one would buy! Anything bigger would take up too much counterspace I think, especially if you have those thermal carafes -- that's what reduces the size of coffee held I think.
I just checked the coffee cup from an Arcuroc dinnerware set, and it holds 6 fl. oz. to the brim and 4 fl. oz. to a normal level for serving. This seems right to me, in the context of formal dining. I've always known that the standard coffee cup was based on this type of cup, and have never thought it a problem.
As a regular coffee drinker, however, I have larger cups at home, and get larger cups in coffee shops. This is just not an issue, in my opinion. It would be far more confusing if some coffeemaker maker decided to use a new unit.
I finally broke down and bought a Thermos E5 TherMax travel mug. Pricey (around 20 bucks), but it keeps my coffee piping hot for at least an hour, and quite hot for 4 hours - as long as I remember to twist close the lid.
In the afternoon I use it for cold icewater - keeps the water ice cold for 5-6 hours easily.
Of course that mug is around 16-18 ounces - 4 regular so-called "cups" of coffee.