If you need to know how to make strong coffee to stay awake all night, this is the article you are looking for.
Strong coffee does not always mean brewing a coffee that is highly caffeinated or is high in caffeine at all. It can also mean increasing the coffee flavor and enjoying the heavier bold flavor of dark roasts and less of the lighter more floral notes and enhancing an otherwise flavorless coffee.
This article will show you ways in which you can achieve both, a better tasting, flavorful coffee and an increased caffeine content.
If you are in a rush, here is the quick answer – If you want to make a strong coffee, simply increase the coffee to water ratio, so you have more coffee than water. This concentrates the coffee and thus makes the taste stronger and increases the caffeine kick.
The more focused the coffee to water ratio the greater the flavor extraction and more caffeine is extracted.
Keep reading as we dig down and give you some tips on how to make strong coffee.
What Is A Strong Coffee?
- 1 What Is A Strong Coffee?
- 2 How To Make Strong Coffee To Stay Awake
- 3 Which Brewing Methods Make The Strongest Coffee?
- 4 Final Thoughts, Frappé-Ing It All Up – How To Make Strong Coffee
There was a time when a strong coffee exclusively referred to making a highly caffeinated coffee that was notable for the overtly bitter flavors.
Thanks to the third wave of coffee and the rise of gourmet coffee and an overall much better approach to coffee, the term can often mean a coffee that has a deeper coffee.
highly caffeinated coffee does not need to have or taste of those traditional deep, dark strong coffee flavors. Most home baristas and coffee drinkers achieve a greater caffeine level by simply using a greater amount of coffee by either quantity directly or by concentrating the strength of their coffee by using a more concentrated coffee to water ratio which has the result of increasing the coffees’ strength.
A strong coffee is a dense coffee that has a heavy, fuller body as opposed to a thin, watery coffee lacking texture.
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How To Make Strong Coffee To Stay Awake
As we have established a strong coffee is about both its flavor and caffeine content. To get more caffeine into you cup of coffee you can opt for a lighter roast or an extended extraction time. The longer you brew, the more of the coffee solids, flavor compounds and caffeine you can and will extract.
Also, something to pay attention to is the lighter the roast level is the more caffeine your beans will contain.
For a stronger flavor you can adjust the coffee to water ratio or brewing method. A fine example of this is the 1.5:1 and 1:1 coffee to water ration of a shot of espresso or ristretto respectively speaking and compare those to a the lighter, more watery taste
Making your coffee taste stronger is very easy and effortless.
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Use Proper And Correct Brewing Ratios
As stated if you increase the amount of coffee in relation to the water used your coffee will by default become strong, deeper in flavor and in caffeine.
A fine example is that dense, bold and full bodied taste of a shot of espresso and its caffeine content. While the caffeine content in a shot at 75 milligrams on average is not most caffeinated coffee in terms of total caffeine it is on a per ounce or per volume basis.
A French press, for example has 200 milligrams per 12 ounce cup – the same amount of espresso would have 900 milligrams of caffeine.
Use Fresh Coffee Beans
Using freshly roasted coffee beans bring a better, fresher and stronger flavor regardless of which roast profile you use. Fresh is best.
Many coffee lovers forget that coffee is a food product, and thus fresh is better. Much better. You can do a lot to keep your coffee beans fresh. The best way of keeping your coffee beans fresh is by storing them in a coffee cannister that designed for that purpose, has UV blocking properties, an air tight lid and a one way valve.
You a step further and store your coffee canister in the freezer.
Use Strong Coffee Beans
Obviously using coffee beans that are strong in caffeine and/or flavor profile you can achieve your goal of making a strong coffee.
There is no “perfect coffee bean” for this purpose as taste vary. I actually recommend that you don’t go for the strong coffee beans as some of them a specifically make to have an insane and toxic amount of caffeine with up to 1,500 mg per cup which is more than enough to give you the jitters and stomach cramps. Such an amount is almost 4x the daily recommended limit.
1,500 mg with a 6 hr half life still puts you on the brink of the 400 mg daily limit after 12 hours!
If you are looking to buy the strongest coffee, focus of the high quality brands that focus on flavor.
Grind The Coffee Yourself
Grinding your coffee beans yourself ensures that your coffee remains as fresh as possible until the moment that you brew your cup of coffee. If you are aiming for a strong coffee flavor from your fresh whole bean coffee grind them to a slightly finer grind than you normally would.
This does not work for all brew methods – espresso being an example. In such circumstance you can extend the brew time or temperature.
Double Brew Your Coffee
You can brew you coffee more than once and even more than twice to produce stronger, bolder flavor and, yes enhanced amount of caffeine. It really is as simple as it sounds – brew your coffee twice. the second round of brewing ensure that you use fresh coffee grounds and brew with the previously batch of coffee instead of water.
You can really experiment with this with cold brew and run brewing cycles with hot water (keep and eye on your brew to avoid over extraction), and ice cold water and draw out the high and low temperature compounds.
Use Robusta Coffee Beans
Robusta coffee beans while weaker in flavor are much higher in caffeine – some 2.2x as much, If you are seeking that caffeine content kick you can simply switch your beans to a 100% robusta.
Which Brewing Methods Make The Strongest Coffee?
The strongest brewing methods for brewing coffee are Espresso with the more focused ristretto being slightly stronger than an actual espresso. The French press, my favorite brewing methods for brewing with specialty coffee beans brews very strong coffee. It allows you to have full control over all the variables associated with coffee brewing.
Percolated coffee brews particularly strong coffee due to the way in which it extracts coffee. It, effectively speaking is brewed on a continual brewing cycle that double brews as your water which get brewed into coffee and cycles up the central tube and over the coffee beans again and again extracting more flavor and, yes, caffeine.
A Moka pot, which works in a reverse way of a percolator (to simplify an explanation) by forcing steam up and through the finely ground beans from the bottom and then into the coffee chamber.
Cold brewing also a technique that produces a strong coffee. With a cold brew, despite its strength you will notice a very smooth flavor.
Final Thoughts, Frappé-Ing It All Up – How To Make Strong Coffee
Making strong coffee is easy when you follow what has been laid out in this article. My favorite own personal favorite method is double brewing as my coffee as it really does bring out a more vibrant flavor as well as a increasing the caffeine content.
The actual caffeine enhancement is not what my goal is, I’ll often double brew when I want a really bold strong tasting coffee with a cycle of decaffeinated coffee of the same type and then the caffeinated variety.