Are you in the search for strong coffee beans? I hear you. It is not fun, going to the grocery store, browsing the aisles looking for something more to put in your cup of coffee.
If you're like many individuals, you aren't satisfied with the regular big brand coffee. You want something with a little more punch. Something to really get your day going, right? Well let's get you started in the right direction, shall we?
First, you need to determine your definition of strong. Is it caffeine you want to be strong? Or the flavor? They are two very different things and you should decide which is more important to make your decision on your quest for good strong coffee.
If it's bold flavor you're after, it helps if the coffee bean is a darker color. This is one reason a French roast is popular. This way, the beans are roasted a bit longer, giving them a much more rich and powerful flavor profile. However, you have to tread carefully here, as the longer, you roast the coffee beans, the less caffeine remains as it gets lost to the heat.
On the other side of the spectrum, is a lighter cup of coffee. This is commonly referred to as a “breakfast blend” for its higher amount of caffeine. This can really get you going in the morning! Hence the name. This type of roast will generally have a much stronger effect on your body but will taste a bit weaker.
These are things to keep in mind when you mention you like strong coffee.
Now once you have your taste preference for which type of strong you like, then you can move on to how to actually prepare your coffee at home. It's really quite simple.
When you get down to it, the only two ingredients when brewing your coffee at home is water and coffee grounds. So it really is as simple as adjusting your coffee to water ratio. To make a stronger cup, increase the number of coffee grounds in your brew without changing the amount of water used.
Most brews utilize a ratio that rests somewhere between 1:18 and 1:16 (1 part coffee to 16-18 parts water). The find out your perfect strength, start at 1:16 and slowly increase the number of coffee grounds until you reach your coffee nirvana.
Don't overdo it though. If you use too much coffee, really anything higher than 1:16, you're going to get more of a sour taste because solubles weren't fully dissolved in the water.
So there you have it! First find what's more important to you, flavor or strength. Then experiment until you find the perfect balance to create your own “perfect cup of strong coffee.”