At Ignatius Coffee we like our coffee strong. There's nothing worse than having a latte that just tastes like milk. Here are our top tips to make a tasty strong coffee.
1) Use a strong coffee bean
This is the most important factor if you want to make a strong coffee. Generally speaking if a coffee is made from 100% Arabica beans the coffee will not be as strong as a coffee that has some Robusta beans. Robusta beans give a coffee blend that caffeine kick and complements well with Arabica beans to make a smooth, strong coffee. For example our "Signature Classic" blend is made of 90% Arabica beans and 10% Robusta beans. This gives a well balanced strong coffee that is also smooth to drink. For extra strength a dark roasted coffee bean will bring the strength to another level. For instance our "Performa blend" is our strongest coffee and is specially dark roasted. We also make it easy to tell the strength of the coffee by the number on the label. The higher the number the higher the strength.
2) Grind the beans yourself
We recommend to buy coffee as beans and when you are ready to make a coffee then grind the beans yourself. This will ensure the coffee ground used is fresh. To keep the rest of the unused beans fresh, make sure you close and seal the coffee pack - a clip or rubber band can do the trick. The size of the grind also makes a difference - the finer the grind the stronger the coffee. For most manual and automatic grinders the grind can be adjusted. It will take some experimenting to get the grind just right for the strength you want.
3) Amount of coffee and milk used
This is a pretty obvious one. For me I always put in a double shot on my home espresso machine to make my coffee extra strong. On the other side to make a stronger coffee, reduce the milk used in your latte. Also adding suger to your coffee will make it taste sweeter, so if you want a strong coffee go without suger - it's healthier too!
4) Espresso machine users
Specifically for espresso machine users, when you are "tamping" the coffee into the portafilter you want to make the coffee compact with just the right density. Some espresso machines will also give you an indication of the espresso range when the coffee is coming out. This will help you to adjust your technique to get the right espresso strength and taste. A coffee that comes out with a good crema is what you should be aiming for.
Getting the perfect coffee strength for your taste will take some adjustments to your coffee making technique. If you can get the fundamentals correct as outlined above - you will be on your way to a delicious strong coffee!