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Pour over coffee is a quick and easy way to get your morning caffeine fix. Compared to other coffee methods, it is much simpler and takes less time.
However, pouring over coffee often results in a weaker brew than other methods, such as using a French press or espresso machine. If you like a stronger cup of coffee or need an extra shot of caffeine to get you started, you might have trouble pouring over mugs.
Fortunately, there are solutions to this problem that don’t require you to drink multiple cups of coffee or begrudgingly learn how to use a more complicated method.
Here are some ways to make your coffee stronger.
What is pour-over coffee?
Before you can figure out how to make your coffee stronger, you need to understand what this method of brewing coffee is and how it works.
Pour over coffee works as the name suggests. You pour hot water over coffee grounds to make coffee. Typically, the coffee grounds are contained in a paper filter placed over a carafe or cup.
Hot water interacts with coffee beans to form coffee. The paper filter filters the coffee from the beans, giving you the perfect cup for your morning brew.
Sometimes pouring over coffee is called filter coffee. A lot of people confuse it with drip coffee, but they’re both not the same.
Why is pour over coffee weaker than other methods?
Coffee poured over coffee is weaker than coffee brewed in other ways, such as espresso or Turkish-style coffee, because it is a slower and more delicate process.
This does not mean that your coffee will necessarily be weak and mild. If you adjust your method, it can be a blow.
The beauty of pour over coffee is that you have complete control over the end result. Each step of the process is customizable.
This means that by tweaking your methods a bit, you can make the coffee stronger.
1 – Try Double Pouring
The first suggestion is deceptively simple: just brew your coffee twice.
the dual brewing method is a common way to make stronger coffee that both amateur and professional baristas use in other ways. You can adapt it for use with pour over coffee.
First, brew your coffee as you normally would. Next, take the coffee you received on the first pour and pour it through the filter again, as if it were boiling water.
The coffee acts like regular hot water and extracts more flavor from the beans. The extra caffeine gives the existing coffee liquid a much-needed boost.
However, you must be careful with the double payment method. The liquid must be very hot to extract the flavor and caffeine from the coffee beans or grounds. If your coffee has cooled too much, you won’t make it stronger by pouring it again, but you’ll be wasting your time.
To keep your coffee hot enough to try the double pour method, invest in an insulated mug or carafe that will maintain the temperature of the coffee. You can also quickly reheat coffee before pouring.
2 – Increase the heat of the water
Your water needs to be very hot to get the perfect cup of coffee. Water that is too cold will not extract flavor from the coffee grounds, leaving you with a weak, watery brew.
Many roasters recommend using water of approx. 205 degrees Fahrenheit for your transfer mug.
If you struggle with weak coffee, try turning your water up to a higher temperature and see if that produces the flavor you want.
3 – Adjust your proportions
The ratio of coffee grounds to water in your cup of coffee is important. The more ground coffee you add, the stronger your coffee will be. Conversely, the less coffee grounds you have, the more watery your coffee will be because the water does not have enough coffee grounds to extract the flavor.
Most roasters recommend it 6 to 10 grams coffee grounds per 100 milliliters of water. If you want to brew a stronger cup of coffee, your coffee strength should be on the higher end of this scale.
If you want to adjust your ratios, start with gradual changes. Add one ounce of coffee at a time until you reach your desired strength in your cup. You don’t want to add too much at once, or you risk brewing a cup that’s way too bitter.
These precise proportions are why many roasters recommend buying a scale to decant the coffee. This lets you control exactly how much coffee goes into each cup and allows you to brew more consistent cups rather than just watching how much ground coffee you put in the filter.
You should also use a different ratio depending on the type of roast you are using. For medium or light roast coffee, you should use a higher coffee to water ratio to get the most flavor from the coffee grounds.
4 – Grind your ground
Pour over coffee gets its flavor from the coffee grounds in a filter. The coffee spreads all over the soil and gets its flavor from interacting with it.
If the coffee grounds are too coarse, there is less surface area for the water to flow over, resulting in weaker coffee. The size of the ground coffee grounds is especially important when using conical pourers because the water then spends less time interacting with the coffee beans and needs to extract as much flavor as possible.
The next time you pour coffee, try grinding the coffee beans more and see if that affects your cup strength. For most pour-on burners, we recommend a medium grind unless you are using a conical pourer, in which case you should use a medium-fine grind.
5 – Improve your coffee service technique
While brewing brew coffee might seem simpler than starting an espresso machine, there’s actually a complex science behind making the best brew coffee. A mistake in any part of the extraction process can leave you with a weak cup of coffee.
Here are some tips to improve your coffee pouring skills, which should also help you brew stronger coffee.
6 – Carefully choose your pouring cone
If you are using a filter or pouring over a cone, it is very important that you choose the correct size. The size of the cone affects how coffee and water interact.
If the cone is too shallow, the coffee will taste weak and not develop a robust enough aroma. Go for a deeper cone or opt for a precision dripper like Bonmacs to increase your control over the process.
7 – Get excited about your casting
Sometimes you don’t get the desired result if you just pour hot water over your coffee grounds. You need to pour your hot water slowly so it can really soak into the ground.
Some baristas like to use a spiral method, pouring the hot water while creating an even, circular spiral. This ensures even distribution of hot water over your coffee grounds and increases water pressure.
8 – Use quality ingredients and materials
The best way to ensure you get a strong, flavorful cup of coffee is to use the best ingredients. Pay attention to your coffee beans and splurge on quality ones, as this will give you the best flavor in your cup.
You should also use good water. While some baristas swear by spring water for pours, you don’t have to go that far. As long as the water is good enough to drink, it is good enough to use in your coffee.
Finally, your equipment is also important. You need to use a precision grinder to grind your beans into a powder fine enough to make strong coffee with water. You also need the correct size filter or cone.
If you really want to take your pour coffee a step further, you can get a range of additional equipment, including a special insulated jug to keep the coffee hot, scales to accurately measure your grind and even precision drippers.
How to make your coffee stronger
There are many benefits to pouring over coffee, but sometimes the brew that results from this method is much weaker than you would like.
Try adjusting the brewing process before using an espresso machine. It is possible that your water temperature is too low, your coffee grounds are too coarse or your water/coffee ratio is not correct. Each of these factors and several more can affect the strength of your coffee.
The beauty of pouring coffee is that the process is highly customizable. By making adjustments at each step, you get exactly the cup of coffee you want. Just make sure you use the best beans, have the right equipment, and know your technique.
I have a bachelor’s degree in film/video/media studies and an associate’s degree in communications. I started producing music videos and recordings almost 15 years ago. I’m a guitarist and bassist in southwest Michigan and have been in several different bands since 2009. In 2012 I also started making custom guitars and basses in my home workshop. When I’m home, I enjoy spending time with my three pets (a dog, a cat, and a snake) and gardening in my backyard.
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