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How to make the Strongest Coffee - Brewing methods and tips

At Coffee Gems, we understand that there's nothing like a strong cup of coffee to start the day, however it comes to a personal preference. That's why we take the time to experiment with different brewing methods and perfect the art of making strong coffee. Along this blog, we'll share our knowledge and expertise on the most popular brewing methods for making strong coffee and  tips on how to make the strongest coffee possible (and drinkable).

Very strong cup of coffee and coffee beans

Understanding Strength in Coffee

Before we dive into the different brewing methods, it's important to understand what we mean by "strong" coffee. Strength in coffee is determined by the amount of coffee grounds used in relation to the amount of water. The more coffee grounds used, the stronger the brew will be. This is known as the "coffee-to-water ratio." Generally, a coffee-to-water ratio of 1:15 is considered strong, while a ratio of 1:17 is considered standard. However, what some may consider strong others may find too weak, personal preference can play a big role in this.

Brewing methods for strong coffee

French Press

One of the oldest and most traditional ways to make coffee, the French Press is a simple yet effective brewing method that allows for a strong and robust cup of coffee. To make extra strong coffee using a French Press, use a coffee to water ratio of 1:12, meaning for every 1 gram of coffee, use 12 grams of water. Let the coffee steep for 4 minutes before pressing the plunger to separate the grounds from the liquid. This method yields a strong and full-bodied coffee.


Another popular brewing method, pour-over coffee can also be used to make a strong cup of coffee. To make a strong pour-over, use a coffee to water ratio of 1:15. Slowly pour the hot water over the coffee grounds, making sure to wet all of the grounds evenly. This method produces a strong and clear cup of coffee, with a relatively clean finish.

Moka pot

This is a coffee maker that you put on stove-top, it works by pressurising the hot water from the bottom chamber to go through coffee grounds in the filter basket and makes coffee on the upper chamber. To make a strong coffee using a Moka pot, use a coffee to water ratio of 1:8. Allow the coffee to brew for a few minutes before serving. This method yields a strong and robust coffee with a bold and intense flavour.


Espresso is a method of brewing coffee that uses high pressure to force hot water through finely ground coffee. It's known for producing a concentrated, strong, and full-bodied brew. Espresso is the base of many coffee drinks, such as lattes, cappuccinos, and Americanos.

Espresso is considered the strongest coffee brewing method. The strongest ratio is reached at 1:2, however some people prefer ratios of extraction not as concentrated or strong as 1:3 which are more commonly used in cappuccinos or lattes. It is not recommended to lower ratios to 1:2 as the coffee will taste with high levels of bitterness. 

Cold Brew

Cold brew is a method of brewing coffee that uses cold water and a longer steep time to extract flavour and caffeine. Despite using cold water, cold brew coffee is known for producing a strong and smooth brew. The reason for this is that cold brew has a coffee-to-water ratio of 1:4, which is higher than traditional iced coffee methods.

Tips for Making Stronger Coffee

  • Use a dark roast: Dark roast coffee beans have a stronger and bolder flavour than light roast beans. They also contain more caffeine.
  • Use a coarse grind: Coarsely ground coffee has a larger surface area, allowing for more flavour and caffeine to be extracted.
  • Increase the coffee-to-water ratio: The standard ratio is 1:17. Increasing the amount of coffee grounds used in relation to the water will result in a stronger brew. A ratio of 1:13 or 1:12 is ideal for a strong brew.
  • Experiment with steeping time: The longer coffee steeps, the stronger it will be. But don't steep it too long, as it will become bitter.
  • Use freshly roasted coffee: Freshly roasted coffee beans contain more flavour and caffeine than beans that have been sitting on the shelf for a while.
  • Preheat your coffee maker: Preheating your coffee maker will ensure that the water is at the right temperature for brewing and it will ensure that the coffee grounds get fully extracted

By following these tips, you will be able to make a stronger and more flavourful cup of coffee. Remember, you can always adjust the strength to your taste by experimenting with different methods and ratios.

Strong coffee beans

And for those who are looking for an extra strong cup of coffee, our signature espresso blend, Pilgrim, is guaranteed to deliver a bold and intense flavour that will satisfy the most demanding coffee drinkers.