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By Megan Dority — / Coffee Talk

What Makes Death Wish Coffee so Strong?

For most people, a cup of coffee is a morning ritual. It's the fuel that powers you through the good days and the bad. In fact, 64% of Americans drink coffee daily. That's about 400 million cups of coffee a day. If you like your morning coffee strong, you've probably already heard of Death Wish Coffee.

How Much Caffeine Is in Death Wish Coffee?

If you've tried Death Wish Coffee or are considering trying it for the first time, you're likely wondering how much caffeine is actually in it? Well, we can't disclose any numbers, but we can tell you it's strong enough to warrant a warning label.

Our coffee is sourced from the highest-quality coffee beans around the world and always USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified. The strength, of course, varies based on brew methods but typically brews double the strength of your average cup. Add the all-natural ingredients and double the strength, at the end of the day you won't need to drink as many mugs compared to your basic bag of blah beans...

9 coffee mugs displayed as pie graphs showing the strengths of various coffee brands.

Photo: This graphic, courtesy of the Huffington Post, compares caffeine content per cup of coffee for a number of brands across the United States. This photo has been edited from the original. 

Who Created Death Wish Coffee?

Death Wish Coffee was founded in 2012 in Saratoga Springs, New York, by coffee shop owner, Mike Brown. His caffeinated curiosities landed him at the bottom of a rabbit hole, searching for a new frontier in an industry he loved. His coffee shop patrons were always asking, "What's the strongest coffee?"and that question alone kickstarted Mike's quest to find the strongest coffee in the world.

Aside from actually brewing coffee stronger by increasing the coffee-to-water ratio, the coffee industry had not found the perfect bean for those that wanted something with more force than the average cup. Mike doubled-down on what he knew best and created something that would eventually fuel the world.

After more than a year of testing, tasting and experimenting, Death Wish Coffee was born. Mike searched far and wide for the best beans, perfected a unique roasting technique and Death Wish Coffee took off. The skull and crossbones logo—that was Mike, too. 

Founder of Death Wish Coffee Company, Mike Brown leaning on a bag of coffee beans.

What Makes Death Wish Coffee so Strong?

The Origin

The majority of our beans are sourced from India, Peru, Guatemala, Indonesia, Honduras and Ethiopia. Because coffee is a plant, the crop is almost never the same (you may find similar results with a home garden). A coffee grown in one region may vary widely year to year. For that reason, we are constantly sampling and testing coffees from all over the world. If a bean that we use is suddenly less strong due to climate, we will sample as many as 35 coffees to find the strongest. It is a never-ending process that we are proud to be a part of. 

The beans are always purchased through Fair Trade to help farming communities by providing them with a fair wage and ethical farming. The soil used to grow the coffee beans is not fertilized with synthetic nitrogen and phosphates, which deplete the soil of vital nutrients and ultimately harm the plants. Organic coffee helps save the planet—the only planet with coffee.

The Blend

The caffeine content in a coffee bean is hardly dependent on roast shade. Our Dark and Medium Roasts are a blend of robusta and arabica beans. Robusta provides the caffeinated kick, and the arabica delivers the smooth, never-bitter taste. Death Wish Coffee has taken the cake for the strongest coffee in the world in both caffeine and flavor. 

This magical blend is a true innovation in the coffee-roasting industry. 

The Roast 

The roast shade of the bean is not as simple as dark, medium or light. We use a strategic roasting plan that includes time and temperature variation, and it plays a giant role in the flavor and caffeine content in the coffee. It is, in essence, our secret recipe that sets us apart from the others. 

A bag of dark roast and medium roast coffee on a counter next to a mug and Chemex.

The End Result?

What started as a few employees packing orders in the basement of a quaint coffee shop is now Amazon’s #1 “Most Wished For” coffee and can be found in over 16,000 stores nationwide. Death Wish Coffee Company is committed to sustainability, and our coffees are always Fair Trade and USDA Certified Organic. If you don't like what's in your mug, we'll refund you...so what are you waiting for? 

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