A coffee lot is a measuring tool for ground coffee. It refers to both the unit of measurement and the vessel used to measure the coffee powder. The coffee lot enables precise dosing of the coffee quantity so that coffee is neither too strong nor too weak. Nowadays, the vessels are usually made of plastic, but there are also metal containers that resemble small beer mugs. A coffee lot often has two sides: one side measures one coffee lot, the other side measures two coffee lots.
A typical coffee lot usually holds about 6 to 8 grams of ground coffee, which is enough to make about 125 millilitres of coffee. This amount is equivalent to about three to four teaspoons of ground coffee. The exact amount of coffee grounds needed per cup depends on the type of coffee and the cup size. For example, the amount measured out with a coffee lot is enough to fill a conventional coffee cup with filter coffee.
The term "coffee lot" and similar units of measurement have been used for a long time. In the middle of the 19th century, however, it was replaced in German-speaking countries by the metric system with the gram as the unit of measurement. Today, the weight of a coffee lot still varies between 6 and 8 grams. Coffee solders can be bought in various coffee supply shops. There are various models made of plastic or stainless steel that can be used to measure out the right amount of coffee powder. When buying, however, you should pay attention to how many grams the respective coffee lot holds.