Strong coffee is for people who need an extra kick of caffeine early in the morning (or any other time of the day). But what exactly constitutes the term “strong coffee”? Well, this depends on a number of factors, and we are going to cover them all in this article.
No matter if you use an espresso machine, a single cup coffee brewer, or a drip coffee maker, you are going to find these tips relevant and useful.We will talk about how to make a coffee that will keep you alert, and that will have a strong flavor as well. So, let’s jump, into it.
The thing that is usually associated with the strength of coffee is the caffeine content of the beans. It is a no-brainer really- the more caffeine in the beans, the better the kick that you’re going to get when drinking the brew made from them.
So, how do you find strong beans? Take a look at the following list:
1. Pick A Strong Blend
As you know, coffee beans grow in different parts of the world, and they come in different varieties, the most popular being Arabica and Robusta. Robusta is almost twice as strong as Arabica but it is much more bitter, and that’s why the grounds that you buy are either 100% Arabica or a blend of the two.
Those who like strong, yet enjoyable coffee will usually be able to tolerate up to 15% of Robusta in the blend. This will increase the caffeine content, but it won’t be too bitter to drink. Coffee snobs might disagree, but an “average” drinker will probably be happy with it.
2. Choose A Lighter Roast
Contrary to the popular opinion, dark roasts contain less caffeine than light ones, so it might be better to go for the latter. However, know that the roasting process barely affects the caffeine content of the beans, so the type of roast won’t matter as much. Very dark roasts see a slight decrease in caffeine.
Our advice for you would be to go for medium roasts as they will have a fuller flavor than light roasts, and will keep you more alert than a dark one.
3. Go For Whole And Fresh Beans
Freshly roasted beans have a more powerful flavor than those that have been sitting on a shelf for some time, but this doesn’t have any impact on the caffeine levels. Still, the coffee’s taste will be stronger so it will be more enjoyable to drink.
The Brewing Methods
The brewing method will have a significant impact on the “power” of your coffee, but more importantly, it will make your drink taste strong. Therefore, this section is more about the flavor
of the final outcome.
1. Adjust Coffee To Water Ratio
The textbook coffee-water ratio is 1 unit coffee for 16 units of water, and all of this is measured in weight. So for example, 7 grams of coffee call for 112 grams of water. First, brew a cup using these amounts and if you find it too weak then increase the measure of coffee.
A good thing to know is that one milliliter of water weighs one gram so it will be easy to calculate the amounts that you need. You can use a metric measuring cup for the job.
2. Go For A Fine To Medium Grind
One of the essential things that you need to know is that you should grind the beans only when you plan to brew. In this way, the coffee will preserve its flavor for a longer time period.
Now, as far as the grind is concerned, you might hear that a fine grind will give you a better tasting cup as the water will be able to extract more flavor.
While this is true, know that a too fine grind might produce a result that is too bitter. In case you are making drip coffee, go for a medium grind, and if you like espresso, keep it fine.
3. Check The Temperature Of The Water
Hot water extracts the flavors from the coffee more quickly, so the proper temperature is an important element. The optimal heat of the water is somewhere between 185 F and 205 F, so make sure to keep it within those limits. In case it is hotter than that, it will burn the coffee, and it will lose much of its flavor.
It is a good idea to use a thermometer just to be sure about the temperature.
4. The Brewing Time
The length of the brewing process influences the flavor of the brew, and different methods require different times in order to yield the best possible results. For example, drip coffee brewing time should be around 5 minutes, and French press 2-4 minutes. A longer time might make the drink too bitter and flat, and we know that no one wants this.
Inform yourself about the suitable brewing time for your preferred method of coffee preparation and see how it works out.
Making a proper cup of strong coffee might not seem like an easy task, but it is well worth it. If the amount of information in this article seems overwhelming to you, we encourage you to read it one more time, and you will realize that it’s not half as complicated.
Keep your mind focused on the priorities such as good beans and a quality machine, and we are sure that you’ll be able to brew great coffee every day. As always, further reading is encouraged so make sure to check out more articles dealing with this topic. Who knows, maybe they have something we don’t!