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The Strongest K Cup Coffees & How to Brew Even Stronger Coffee With Your Keurig

strong coffee k cups
Are you looking to buy the strongest k cup coffee you can find? I’m right there with you. I love the ease and convenience of the Keurig system but I am not a big fan of some of the weak coffee many of the kcups produce.

Below I’ve listed some of the strongest Keurig coffee pods you can buy. As is always the case, brew these with the smaller cup option on your machine and you’ll be getting the strongest coffee possible from your Keurig.

Super Strong K Cup Coffee Pods to Buy & Try For Yourself

Here are some of the strongest k cups for sale today. Click through each link for pricing and product details. I’ve provided my own notes for each option below for your convenience.

Death Wish Coffee Single Serve Capsules for Keurig K-Cup Brewers - 20 CountDeath Wish Coffee Single Serve Capsules for Keurig K-Cup Brewers – 20 Count

Any Death Wish coffee review would be incomplete without mentioning the fact that this company has probably the best reputation in the market for super strong coffee. They make a variety of coffees and they are all well reviewed. As fr their k-cups they are about as good as they come and they pack a punch. If you always brew the smallest cup possible from your brewer then you’ll get the maximum out of these pods.

Keurig, Coffee People, Jet Fuel, K-Cup Counts, 50 CountKeurig, Coffee People, Jet Fuel, K-Cup Counts, 50 Count

This is one of my favorite high caffeine coffees for the Keurig system. Jet Fuel is a super bold coffee and the product has got a lot of top reviews from past customers too.

Keurig, Green Mountain Coffee, Dark Magic (Extra Bold), K-Cup Counts, 50 CountKeurig, Green Mountain Coffee, Dark Magic (Extra Bold), K-Cup Counts, 50 Count

Green Mountain strong coffee k cups are labeled as extra bold and will remind you of espresso with the aeromatics you would expect.

WILD JO: 12 Cup Organic Dark French Roast Single Serve Coffee for Kuerig K-Cup Brewers, Bold Strong Wicked Good! Keurig 1.0 & 2.0 Eco-Friendly CupWILD JO: 12 Cup Organic Dark French Roast Single Serve Coffee for Kuerig K-Cup Brewers, Bold Strong Wicked Good! Keurig 1.0 & 2.0 Eco-Friendly Cup

This is another dark and intense coffee that will remind you of cocoa and brown sugar. It’s really strong but smooth at the same time.

Revv K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, Dark Roast (Pack of 30), Ships in Brown BoxRevv K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, Dark Roast (Pack of 30), Ships in Brown Box

Revv coffee has some of the most caffeine per cup as any k cup sold today. It’s also a fan favorite and a best seller.

How to Make Stronger Coffee With Your Keurig

The coffee pods listed above will get you started in the right place. They are all really strong coffee k cup options that are hard to beat.

If you use them however you should know there are still more ways to ensure you get the strongest coffee possible.

In normal coffee brewing environments you get strong coffee by slowing down the brew time, using the hottest water possible off a brew, and by decreasing the grind size, a common way of getting more surface area for better brew extraction.

With a Keurig coffee machine however you are limited by the temperature of the water the machine uses to brew and are largely limited by the speed at which the machine brews water. You can’t increase the amount of grind in a pod due to them all being uniform in size, and you can’t tamp the grind down to get more grind in the pod either.

There really are few easy ways to increase the strength of your coffee comparable to the ways you would do so in more traditional coffee makers.

The easiest way you can actually make better and stronger Keurig coffee is to pre-heat the water used for your brew. By this I don’t mean put hot water in the water reservoir, I’m talking about running a large cup of coffee cycle through the Keurig that is really just water. Don’t insert a k cup into the machine. Run it as just water and this will get the heating element hot and the water for the next cup will be a few degrees hotter which will help with extraction.

In other forms of coffee brewing getting the temperature closer to boiling helps and this is the most you can do to get every degree of heat into your Keurig brew. The ultimate affect this has on your coffee will be small but it will help maximize the strength of the coffee you make out of it.

The Easiest Way to Get the Strongest Coffee Possible From Your Keurig

Another way to get the most strength out of every cup you brew is to literally only use the first part of the brew and throw the rest away!

Sounds wasteful I know but the amount of coffee grind that can fit in a k cup is not great enough to brew a full bodied 6-ounce cup of coffee. You really need a bigger k-cup for a 6 ounce cup of coffee than the pod size allowed.

Because of this the first 4-5 ounces of coffee brewed from each k cup will be stronger than the last 1-2 ounces of coffee brewed. The water (assuming it’s hot enough) will extract the most flavor in the beginning and the least at the end.

Use that drip tray to collect the last, watery bit of coffee and just throw it away. You wouldn’t brew coffee twice using the same grounds so don’t try to get more coffee from a pod that is just too small.

Now there are even more crafty ways to increase the strength of your Keurig coffee pods. If you are brewing with a Keurig 1.0 machine it’s a little easier to hack your own pods but even with a Keurig 2.0 machine you can still “trick” the machine into using your own pods.

Instructables has a good tutorial on hacking your own pods. For me, this is overkill and defeats the purpose and convenience of the Keurig system.

When I think about brewing strong Keurig coffee I always find the ease of pulling your cup out before the brew cycle ends to be the simplest and most effective method. Pair this with using a pre-heated Keurig, and an extra bold pod in the brew chamber and this is about as good as you can get. If you want any more strength then just do what everyone else does… start brewing with a french press!


James Lambert

Owner and proprietor of the Gamble Bay Coffee Company