What's the strongest coffee you can buy in stores?
By Kristen Underwood — / Coffee Talk
How to buy strong coffee
There’s something to be said for that first sip of caffeine hitting your tongue, trickling into your bloodstream, and setting your mind up for an admirable bloom. That’s the feeling of rising from the dead, I mean, bed. Caffeine: The name on your heart, the drink on your sleepy lips. Without your morning coffee, you’re nothing but a soulless corpse, dreading the lackluster day ahead of you.
One cup of morning coffee just won’t do. Maybe it’s time to find a stronger brew. Let’s up the dose. Increase the jolt. Now that we’ve established we can’t live without it, one question remains: What is the strongest coffee out there?
- Price Chopper
- Healthy Living Market
- WalMart (Death Cups only)
While our Death Wish blend is 200% stronger than your average cup, there are actually a few factors that go into finding the strongest coffee out there, especially if Death Wish Coffee isn’t available.
Here’s what you should look for:
- Good packaging.
A good coffee bag is one made up of carefully crafted films, creating an effective barrier against moisture, ultraviolet rays, dust, and a range of other environmental factors that can affect the quality of your product.
It also locks in the mouth-watering aroma, starting your caffeinated experience with just a quick open of the bag.
- Steer clear of 100% Arabica.
While Arabica beans offer a more desirable taste, Robusta beans produce as much as three times the amount of caffeine. The extra caffeine in Robusta is a chemical defense for the coffee seed as the amount in Robusta is toxic to bugs. Death Wish uses a blend of both Arabica and Robusta to offer a highly caffeinated, yet smooth cup every time.
- Try whole bean.
Buying whole bean coffee and grinding it yourself will ensure the freshest brew. Of course, this has a huge impact on strength as well. Always keep your coffee stored in an air-tight container to maintain freshness and try to use it within one week. If you want to talk about that mouth-watering aroma, now would be the time.
- Learn new brewing methods.
It goes without being said that to get the strongest cup of coffee that fits your taste buds, you’ll have to use some experimentation. Some of our favorite methods include Aeropress, French press and the Chemex. These can get a bit pricey, but one good investment can make a world of difference in the way your desired end cup turns out.
- Pay attention to the roast date.
It may seem like coffee has an eternal shelf-life. I promise you, it doesn’t. Once a bean leaves the roasting environment, it begins to release carbon dioxide. This is a process called degassing. When this process begins, the flavor begins to diminish. Generally, you want to make your coffee between four days and two weeks from the roast date, depending on how you brew. If you’re someone who frequents the pour-over method, you’ll find the bloom is more desirable closer to the roast date.