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 k-cups 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.
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 for 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.
This is one of my favorite high-caffeine coffees for the Keurig system. Jet Fuel is a super bold coffee and the product has a lot of top reviews from previous customers.
Green Mountain strong coffee k-cups are labeled as extra bold and will remind you of espresso with the aromatics you would expect.
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 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 are few easy ways to increase the strength of your Keurig coffee compared 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 effect 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 just not enough to brew a full bodied 6-ounce cup of coffee. You really need a bigger k-cup for that much coffee than the pod size allows.
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, while continuing to dilute what you have.
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 craftier 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!