To get the best tasting strong coffee to get you through your late night of studying, try an espresso or french press coffee maker.
Espresso brewing is quicker than the French press. Both methods make coffee with an intense flavor. We think Espresso is a better method because it's easier and produces a richer coffee.
You may not have access to an espresso machine in your dorm. So for making Espresso, you can use a Moka pot or a percolator.
These different methods will help you make a strong coffee that will hopefully get you through your long after-class hours and after-school assignments.
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How to make 3 Different Types of Strong Coffee for Studying
Here are some techniques and methods that can help you make strong coffee to get through those long nights of studying or writing.
How to Make Strong Coffee in a Coffee Maker
If you want to make coffee at home, you’re most likely going to start out with a drip coffee maker.
- To make coffee taste stronger with a coffee maker, use darkly roasted, coarsely ground arabica coffee beans – the fresher, the better.
- Add more than two tablespoons per every 12 ounces of water, yes – you want to break that “golden ratio” rule.
- How much more should you add? There’s no way to know for sure to know. You can just taste your coffee to check when your coffee will start to taste bitter, so you’ll have to experiment and change the amount a few times until you find exactly the right amount to start with. What’s important is that you give it some time to brew thoroughly.
How to Make Strong Coffee in a French Press (Plunger)
- For french press coffee, you’ll want to get yourself some dark roasted, medium-coarse ground arabica coffee beans. Better yet, grind them yourself. Your grounds can’t be too fresh.
- When using a small french press (3 cups), some like to use a medium grind; otherwise, use a coarse grind.
- Start with two heaping tablespoons of ground coffee beans per 8 ounces of water. If this is not strong enough, increase the grounds until the flavor reaches your liking.
- Add coffee grounds to the press pot, but do not add any water yet.
- Pour in just enough hot water (195 to 205 F, or just off a boil) to wet all the grounds and wait thirty seconds for the grounds to “bloom,” allowing some air in for an extra flavor boost.
- Now, very slowly pour more hot water into the pot – it’s alright if you have a few lumps of grounds left, they will get filtered out eventually.
- Wait another thirty seconds for the grounds to bloom again, then release the plunger.
- Your french press coffee is now ready to drink.
How to Make Strong Coffee in Moka Pot / Percolator
Moka Pots are the small portable appliance that uses steam pressure to make coffee. They generate a good strong cup of java resembling Espresso. You will need access to a hot plate/stovetop or induction top for using it.
A percolator is similar to a Moka pot, but it is usually bigger and can be used over all heat sources, from a campfire to a gas stove.
You get to decide the strength of the brew in a percolator and so can brew a stronger coffee than Moka Pot, but it would also be much bitter.
So how to make it step by step
- Take a medium-fine coffee ground (drip grind is preferred).
- Dose it equally in the chamber of the Moka pot and fill it up with water (start with about 2/3- 3/4 full for a mug).
- Top it up with water to just above the bottom of the filter holder – leave it at that point and start heating it from below on your stove. The water should get going immediately, as you have added more than half already. You may have to add a little more water in a few minutes to get the pot going.
- When you see the water rising and bubbling out of the mouth, stop heating it. You can start pouring your coffee in the cup immediately, as soon as you see bubbles rising and hear that “hiss” sound.
- Pour your coffee into your favorite mug and enjoy its full flavor!
- The coffee should be perfectly brewed at your preferred strength.
Tips: If the coffee is too weak, pour more water in but don't go over full; otherwise, the heat will have been from where you added it, and you will end up with all that bitter taste.
If the coffee is too strong, pour less water but keep that half-full water level, and it should be just right! Also, if you use ground coffee, make sure to use a coarse grind for Moka Pot.
What kind of coffee beans make the best coffee for staying awake and studying?
- If you’re purchasing beans, look for dark roasted arabica beans. The chosen roast will be written on the bag somewhere. Dark is the best for imparting a bold flavor. But keep an eye on what the recipe calls for. The recipe might also call for a specific type of roast.
- If you’re buying beans from a coffee shop, ask them what types of dark roast they have. If you’re looking to buy beans, a coffee shop can help you by teaching you the different roast and flavor profiles.
- At a cafe, you could just ask for a cup of their dark roast coffee. That won’t mean you’re making the best choice in terms of caffeine content.
- If you want a stronger cup of coffee with very little caffeine, you should think about brewing time and serving size.
Which brewing method is best for strong coffee?
This will give you a rough guide as to what to order at a cafe or restaurant and how to make strong coffee at home, which will help you study more efficiently:
Espresso is made with coffee grounds and water. It is a strong coffee, and it contains a higher concentration of caffeine.
The coffee beans are crushed and ground into fine pieces of ground. The grind for Espresso is finer than the other coffees because you want to extract every bit of flavor. Espresso does not contain an aroma or flavor.
The beverage is made by pouring hot espresso into a cup. Then milk and sugar are added. You can also get non-fat or skim milk.
A cappuccino is made with espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam.
A latte is a milky coffee drink that contains Espresso in a cup of steamed milk.
This drink is made with a double shot of Espresso and steamed milk. This cup of coffee has 60 milligrams of caffeine, as opposed to the 80 milligrams in a regular drip cup.
Latte A mocha-latte is made with Espresso, steamed milk, and whipped cream to top it off.
An Affogato is a shot of hot espresso poured over vanilla gelato or ice cream.
Here is how coffee can help you in studying
1. By increasing focus and concentration
Coffee is a stimulant that enables you to focus and concentrate on your work. It also leads to alertness. It's no wonder why many coffee shops in the city are filled with students studying together.
2. By improving memory
As you are consuming caffeine, your brain will synthesize more dopamine. This will help you retain information easier and remember it for a longer period of time.
Be careful not to consume too much caffeine as it can have negative effects on memory in the long term.
Coffee can frequently help one stay attentive, which in this case is studying. Coffee helps students focus and allows them to concentrate on what they need to learn.
3. By providing an energy boost
Coffee can be a useful tool when you’re feeling exhausted right before an exam. Caffeine is a stimulant that increases your physical and mental energy, allowing you to work better.
Coffee is a useful tool for a student who is exhausted during an exam. It can help fight off the drowsiness and fatigue that can come during studying.
4. By fighting off drowsiness
If you often find yourself falling asleep in lectures or seminars, try getting a boost of energy with coffee. Coffee can keep you awake when you have no time for naps or long nights studying.
Lack of sleep makes you feel drowsy and tired often. Some people even use it as a preventative measure in order to increase their ability to stay awake during the test.
5. By reducing stress
You don’t need to be a psychologist to understand that too much stress can negatively affect your life and your ability to study.
The caffeine in coffee can help you feel less anxious, tense, or stressed and improve your mood. A good cup of coffee can help your stress levels to decrease if you are a coffee drinker.
6. By enhancing short term memory
Caffeine can help you to remember things better when you need to study. It spikes the level of arousal in the user, allowing them to concentrate more on what they’re reading or thinking about.
It also helps to improve concentration and memorization. Caffeine helps to reduce fatigue, which helps people focus and learn better.
7. By increasing alertness
Caffeine can make you more focused and attentive, which can help you learn and process information more easily. It speeds up your reaction times and sharpens your senses.
Caffeine also makes you feel more alert and energetic, which can help reduce drowsiness. It can improve concentration levels as well as reaction times.
8. By enhancing mood
Caffeine can perk up your mood and make you feel more relaxed. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety as well as enhance your mood.
It works by stimulating a group of receptors in the brain that are associated with feelings of reward.
Staying focused and maintaining a positive attitude is always important, but it's even more crucial when you're under a tight deadline. It's hard to get your thoughts together and focus on one thing. However, coffee can assist!
Study Harder and stay Smarter!