A Guide to Coffee Strength and Intensity

There is a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding Coffee strength and intensity so we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a little more understanding.

STRONG vs MILD COFFEE

Just what is “Strong” Coffee?

Well unfortunately it’s not that easy to answer that question, a little like some people’s relationship status on Facebook – it’s complicated!

To start with coffee beans do not come in “Strong” or “mild” varieties.

True there are beans that have more caffeine content than others but does that mean they are “stronger” – well not necessarily.

DOES ROAST AFFECT A COFFEE’S STRENGTH

Is “strength” related to how you roast the coffee beans? – again not necessarily.

Whilst a dark roast may well have a sharper/ more bitter flavour than a light roast it does not mean it is stronger.

A dark roast does give a bolder flavor, but that’s not necessarily the same as “strong coffee”.

So why do so many people make the mistake of thinking that dark roast coffee is stronger?

A Little about Coffee Bean Varieties

There are two main varieties of coffee beans – Arabica and Robusta. Whilst Arabica beans have a sweeter, softer more rounded flavour sometimes described as “winey” or “fruity” due to their high acidity Robusta beans have around three times the caffeine content. As a result of the higher levels of caffeine in Robusta beans blends that contain a lot of Robusta beans are often considered “Stronger”.

However the flavour of Robusta beans can be considered sharp or bitter which some people don’t like – incidentally Italians love the flavour of Robusta

If you like this style of coffee chose our Napoli (90% Robusta) or Cremoso (60% Robusta) blends. If you prefer Arabica Blends choose our Pure Arabica, Kenya, Colombia or Peru Blends.

The amount of water in the Coffee Shot

This is often the most important factor affecting a coffee strength.

If you put a lot of water through a coffee capsule you will end up with a weak, watery coffee shot regardless of the blend of coffee you are using.

Our Espresso Capsules are ground fine to suit “espresso” shots ie 35 – 40mls

Our Lungo Capsules are ground a little coarser for longer 120mls Lungo/Americano shots

Note for Long Black drinkers – you can, of course, make a Long black with any of our capsules but if you are making one with an Espresso Capsule please do not force excessive water through the coffee as that will pick up bitterness – do it like the Baristas do – start with an expresso shot (35-40mls) eject the capsule then press the button again with no capsule in place to top up to the desired level with just hot water – the resultant drink will taste so much better.

TASTE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT

Ultimately, regardless of the above your preference for a particular blend of coffee will come down to you deciding on a taste that you really like.

For this reason we strongly suggest new customers start off by purchasing an selection of our various blends to decide upon which is their favorite (or favorites) rather than gambling by buying a single blend based on its profile. We very much doubt there would be any of our blends you dislike so grab a selection today.

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