How to Make Strong Coffee? (Using Drip, French Press, & More)

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Most days, just a cup of coffee is enough for us to power through the day. But there are some special occasions where you’ll need that extra oomph.

This guide will show you how to make a strong cup of coffee using french press, drip maker, and espresso machine.

Don’t have a coffee maker? We’ll also guide you how to make a strong coffee if you don’t have one.

how to make strong coffee guide

Using a Drip Maker

  1. Use fresh, dark-roasted Arabica beans and grind it into a uniform consistency. Once you’re satisfied, transfer them into your filter and place it into the machine.
  2. Add your desired coffee-to-water ratio. Remember if you want it stronger, you’ll need to increase the amount of coffee you put in. Turn the machine on.
  3. Immediately turn the drip off when it’s done brewing to avoid burning your coffee.
  4. Serve the drink and enjoy.

strong cup of coffee using dirp

Using French Press

  1. Boil some water to the side in a separate kettle. Medium- to dark-roasted arabica coffee beans are best to use if you want a strong cup.
  2. Grind your coffee beans into a coarse but uniform consistency. Make sure it doesn’t have a lot of fine grit. Then, place them into the French press.
  3. Start with two tablespoons of coffee for every 8 ounces of water. Adjust accordingly to suit your taste.
  4. When the water is already between 195 degrees F to 205 degrees F, slowly pour it into the machine and stir thoroughly. Carefully plunge the French press to separate the grounds from the coffee.
  5. Serve and enjoy your drink.

french press strong coffee

Using an Espresso Machine

  1. Use dark-roasted Arabica coffee beans. Grind them until they have a fine and uniform texture.
  2. Fill your espresso maker with your grounds. If you want, you can add more coffee until it suits your liking.
  3. Serve the drink and enjoy.

espresso making a strong coffee

If you don’t have a coffee maker

You can still enjoy a cup of coffee even if you don’t have a coffee maker. You only need some coffee beans and a boiling water.

For starters, it’s best to use coarsely-ground arabica beans.

You can opt to buy these ground beans. Of course, you can always also grind the beans on your own.

For the ratio, add two tablespoons of the grounds for every 8 ounces of water. Adjust this ratio accordingly until it suits your liking.

After this, you’ll need to boil water and find an item to serve as a filter to strain the coffee grounds.

Making a Strong Cup of Coffee – Things to Keep in Mind

Use Fresh Coffee Beans

When making a nice strong cup of coffee, fresh coffee beans are a huge factor. It’s best to buy it from a local roaster in your area.

While buying in bulk might be convenient, make sure that they are properly stored and sealed.

You would not want your coffee beans to get into contact with oxygen, oil, or bright lights as it will affect their taste.

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Store Beans Properly

Aalways make sure to store your beans in a cool, air-tight container.

Others store them in ceramic jars or glass canning jars as they tend to be tight and secure containers.

Related: Best Coffee Storage Containers

Never refrigerate coffee as it may affect its flavor and taste. If possible, try to finish it within two weeks. Otherwise, the coffee’s flavor would subtly change.

Grind it Yourself

Many drinkers and baristas also recommend grinding the coffee beans for yourself. With this, you’ll get to control the texture of your coffee.

More adequate grounds usually give more flavor; however, you’ll also have to consider your brewing method.

Related: Best Manual Coffee Grinders

Use a Good, Filtered Water

Using tap water might ruin the coffee’s taste due to the presence of chlorine and other compounds.

If you want to improve its taste, use bottled water or place carbon filters onto your taps.

Don’t Use Cheap Filters

Paper coffee filters, while cheap, often produce inferior cups of coffee. Instead, opt for dioxin-free or oxygen-bleached paper filters.

I also recommend using long-lived gold-plated filters as they provide maximum flavor.

However, they can be quite expensive, and they tend to let sediment pass through if the ground is too fine.

Avoid Skimping on the Coffee

At the very least, the coffee-t0-water ratio should be two tablespoons to 6 ounces of water.

Adding less coffee with more hot water would over-extract the grounds and leave you with a bitter brew.

Don’t Use Too Much Heat

Too hot water tends to over-extract your coffee grounds which results in a bitter taste.

The ideal water temperature for brewing should be 200 degrees F.

Moreover, once you brew your coffee, make sure to drink it as soon as possible.

Boiling, reheating, or holding the coffee for too long will make it slowly lose its flavor or worse, turn bitter.

Regularly Clean your Equipment

Make sure to always clean your set-up and coffee equipment. Continually doing this would remove any oily buildup, which will affect the coffee’s taste.

Clean your equipment at least once a month using a solution of vinegar or coffee equipment cleaners to dissolve mineral deposits.

Rinse and dry them thoroughly.

Charles Vallena
Charles is the author and managing editor of A self-admitted coffee addict, he drinks 2-4 cups of coffee a day to get his fix. In the morning, you'll often find him brewing his freshly grounded arabica coffee beans on his french press coffee. Read more about the site here.


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