5 tips for strong coffee

By Teah Teriele — / Coffee Talk

How do I make strong coffee at home?

Here at Death Wish Coffee, we'd like to think we know a thing or two about strong coffee. We're confident that we offer the strongest bean, but to make a strong cup, there are a few things to consider. While you WILL need the strongest beans to brew the strongest cup, they only account for about 25% of the process and are not necessarily always the most important part. We boiled it down to 5 variables.

An image of two bags of coffee displayed on a table with whole beans.

1. Use strong coffee beans

When searching for the perfect coffee bean for a nice, strong cup, you'll find that Death Wish Coffee will likely suit your needs best. We use a perfect blend of Arabica (for great taste) and Robusta (caffeine kick) to give you the best of both worlds. 

2. Use fresh coffee

Fresh coffee will make a world of a difference in every dynamic of your brew. We believe it is THE most important factor, and your taste buds will have to agree. We always recommend buying whole bean coffee and grinding it yourself, right before brewing a cup (and who doesn't love the smell of freshly ground beans?). Of course, it has a huge impact on the strength as well, and that's why freshness made it to No. 2 on our list. Always store your coffee in a completely air-tight container, and try to use it within two weeks. 

An image of a coffee grinder on a table with whole bean and coffee grounds.

3. Grind the coffee yourself

Buying whole bean coffee opens many doors to strong coffee because you can grind it as coarse or as fine as you like. We prefer a finer-than-usual grind to ensure maximum flavor. The finer the grind, the more flavor, but this doesn't always work for a brew method that doesn't catch fine pieces, such as a French press. We like to go as fine as the method allows, and we don't mind a little coffee silt at the bottom of our cups!

4. Use proper brewing ratios

The higher the coffee to water ratio is, the stronger your coffee will be. We recommend using 2.5 tablespoons of grinds to every 6 ounces of waterit packs a mean punch. Everyone likes it a little different, though, so experiment and find what suits you best.

An image of water being poured into a Chemex with a bag of Medium Roast coffee in the background.

5. Learn your brewing methods

There are hundreds of brewers and contraptions to brew coffee, each with their own set of variables. Short of drinking espresso straight, you'll learn that to get the strongest cup of coffee, you'll have to use some experimentation. When following the first four steps, you're bound to produce a mean cup of coffee, and I'd recommend using #5 to figure out what suits your taste buds the best. Some of our favorite methods include Aeropress, French press, and the Chemex

When it comes down to it, coffee depends on preference. How do you brew your coffee? 

Related: Where can I buy the strongest coffee in stores? 

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