There is nothing better than a strong cup of coffee to start the day; however, trying to brew it at home on your own can be a bit of a challenge. Brewing strong coffee really does require skill, and without that skill, there’s a good chance that you will end up with a pot of coffee that is so strong and thick that you can cut it with a knife.
If your goal is to make high quality strong coffee that you will really be able to savor, here are some tips that will help assure the success of your brewing efforts.
Select the Right Roast
The key to brewing high quality strong coffee lies in the roast. A dark roast or a French roast offers the most powerful flavours, specifically those that are made with 100% Arabica beans from Columbia. If you want to assure that your coffee will be strong and high quality, you definitely want to start with a high quality dark roast.
Fresh Beans are Essential
Freshness is vital for a quality cup of coffee. The less fresh the beans are, the harsher and more bitter the coffee will taste. In order to avoid that harsh flavor and bitterness it’s best to find a UK coffee distributor who can provide fresh coffee beans. A vacuum-sealed package locks in freshness; however, once the package is opened, that freshness quickly fades. Use your beans within two weeks of opening them to assure they are fresh; after two weeks of being opened, they become stale and you can really taste it in the coffee.
Try a French Press
Instead of using an drip coffee maker to brew your strong coffee, try a French press. You will be able to easily modify the strength of the coffee by adding in extra grounds as needed to give your coffee a strong flavour boost. Additionally, you will be able to easily experiment, using different amounts of coffee until you find the strength that best suits your fancy without compromising the quality.
Use Some Salt
Yes, salt! The next time you brew coffee, add in a pinch of salt. Believe it or not, it helps to bring out the flavours of the coffee, and those flavours are exactly why you love strong coffee. It should be noted that you do want to make sure you use a high quality salt, which can take some trial and error to find. Also, be careful that you don’t add too much salt, as doing so will result in salty tasting coffee.
Assess Your Grind
If your coffee is weaker than you would like it to be, check your grinder setting. The larger the beans are ground, the quicker the water is going to pass through them. This means less contact time and weaker coffee. Check your grinder to make sure that the beans aren’t being ground too large and make adjustments as necessary.
Use Filtered Water
The fresher and purer the water is, the fresher and purer the coffee will be. If you are using poor quality water or hard water, you will likely find that it will taste bitter. If you can, purchase a water filtration system or add a filter right onto your water tap and use the filtered water to make your coffee. Alternatively, you could use purified bottled water.
Use the Right Ratios
The right ratio of coffee to water makes all the difference in the world when it comes to brewing strong coffee. If you are using too much water and not enough coffee grounds, your coffee will end up being weak. Here’s a tip: If you are using a drip coffee maker, the standard ratio for strong coffee is one to two tablespoons of coffee for every six fluid ounces of water. Of course, if you like your coffee stronger, you can certainly add more.
Take It Black
As a strong coffee lover, you really appreciate the lovely flavours and undertones of the coffee. In order to really appreciate those flavours, drink it black. If you add sweetener, milk, cream, honey or anything else (other than salt,) you will end up marring the flavour.