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Make Stronger Coffee in Cuisinart Grind and Brew (The Easy Way!)

If you’re looking for a way to make your coffee stronger without sacrificing flavor, this article is for you.

Cuisinart grind and brew coffeemakers are great for making strong coffee because they have a grind-and-brew feature that lets you choose between different settings, including an espresso setting. The result is a strong cup of joe with rich flavor.

But what if you want to get more out of your Cuisinart? What if you want stronger coffee—and more of it?

You can do both by following these simple steps.

Key takeaways

  • Use a fine grind for the coffee beans to enhance the strength and flavor of the coffee when using a Cuisinart Grind and Brew machine.
  • Opt for a smaller cup size to achieve a more concentrated and stronger cup of coffee.
  • Consider using a reusable mesh filter instead of a paper filter to avoid flavor absorption.
  • Increasing the brewing temperature can result in stronger coffee, but be cautious not to make it too hot to avoid a burnt taste.
  • Regularly clean and descale your Cuisinart coffeemaker to maintain optimal performance and prevent any unpleasant tastes caused by limescale buildup.

How to make stronger coffee with Cuisinart Grind and Brew

If you own a Cuisinart Grind and Brew and you want to make strong coffee, you’ll need to make sure coffee beans are made with a fine grind. You can increase the brew time, and when your Cuisinart is done, choose a smaller cup size. Also, having a dirty coffee machine can affect the performance and quality of your coffee, so make sure your coffee maker is cleaned regularly as well.

Roasting your coffee beans

Now you have the choice between a light roast and a dark roast. It’s usually found that darker-roasted coffees are a bit bolder and richer in flavor than lighter ones.

Darker-roasted coffee has a much stronger aroma.

The truth of the matter is that the difference between a dark roast and a light roast has very little to do with how strong your coffee actually gets.

It has more effect on the flavor and smell. A lot of people confuse a strong coffee and correlate it with a more extreme flavor and smell, so if that’s what you’re looking for, then I would recommend going with a dark roast coffee.

However, there have been theories suggesting that a lighter roast Coffee-Mate holds slightly more caffeine than a darker roast. The reason is that cooking your coffee actually damages the caffeine component more, but that’s how you get a darker roast as well.

Place your coffee beans

The way that you place your beans in your grinder and brew does affect how strong the coffee is and how well it grinds. To get started on your coffee, you want to make sure your reservoir has the right amount of water.

You want to fill it enough to make the number of coffee cups you want. You then need to place your premeasured beans into the hopper. This is where they are going to be grounded.

You want to make sure you have enough beans in the hopper to be able to brew the number of cups that you want to brew. Make sure you have enough beans in the hopper because the grinder and brewer only grind the beans as the coffee is being prepared.

Selecting your grinding setting

The next thing you have to do is determine what grind you want to use. Your machine should come with a chart that lets you know what each grinding setting is.

For a smooth cup of coffee with full flavor, you want a fine grind. This is going to allow the most water possible to reach the beans and brew into strong coffee.

A larger grind is not going to allow for a full-bodied cup of coffee as the beans are not going to be fully saturated. If you want a medium-bodied cup, you can always do a medium grind.

If you are looking for less flavor or less strength, a large grind is going to do the trick.

Select your brew strength

Your coffee maker is going to allow you to choose the strength when you brew a cup.

You can choose your brew setting on the settings menu. A paper filter is going to be the easiest to use and clean up with this type of machine as well.

You can use reusable filters that do not absorb the coffee when it is brewed. For a stronger cup, you may need to brew a bit longer to get that full flavor.

Brew your cup of coffee

When you are trying to get a stronger cup of coffee, you are going to get better results with a smaller cup.

A smaller cup is going to be stronger overall, so when you do decide to go ahead and brew, try a smaller cup for a more concentrated cup of coffee.

What influences the strength of your coffee?

There are a few different factors that affect how strong your cup of coffee is going to be.

Knowing what these factors are can help you adjust your brewing method to get a better cup of coffee.


This is one of the biggest factors in the overall flavor and strength of your coffee.

You can choose a light roast, which will give a light flavor; a medium roast for an average flavor; or a dark roast if you want a very deep and very strong coffee flavor.

The variety of beans can also make a difference. Some coffee bean varieties will always produce a stronger cup of coffee.

The Robusta bean, for example, is going to give you a very strong cup of coffee that has full flavor.

Storage of your beans

This is another thing that affects your final cup of coffee. Beans that are stored in a dark, dry space are going to be far more flavorful than those that are not.

The grind

This is another big factor to consider when brewing your coffee.

If your bean is coarsely ground, it will not be fully saturated and will not provide a full-bodied flavor. You want a fine grind.

The amount of coffee grind you use

Another thing to consider is how many coffee grinds you place inside your brewing chamber.

The more coffee grind you use, the more the water will be able to extract caffeine.

But here’s the thing: there’s one extra trick you can try. If you want a really strong coffee, I recommend packing the grounds up as much as possible.

Compress those fine grains together so that as the hot water runs over them, it will take the water a much longer time to pass through them.

The longer your hot water is exposed to the coffee grounds, the more time it will have to extract more caffeine into your cup.

The machine you use

Some coffeemakers simply make better coffee.

Cuisinart machines have a wide range of brew settings, so you can choose what is going to work best for you for your particular cup of coffee.

Size of the cup

A smaller cup is going to be more concentrated than a larger cup. If you want a better cup of coffee, you need to get a smaller cup for your coffee.


You might not realize that your filter is soaking up your coffee. Paper filters do hold on to some of the flavors of your coffee.

A reusable mesh filter is not going to absorb your coffee.

Increasing you are brewing temperature

It turns out that it’s true that increasing your brewing temperature makes stronger coffee.

The reason for this is that the hotter your water gets, the more it’s able to extract caffeine from the grounds that it absorbs.

Unfortunately, this does come with another caveat. The hotter your coffee gets, the more likely it is to extract the bitter taste.

If it’s too hot, there is the potential for your coffee to taste a little burnt.

The cleanliness of your Cuisinart

If you don’t take care of your coffee maker, it will likely get dirty and build up limescale.

Debris and limescale are some of the most common factors that cause issues with coffee makers.

Over time, these issues build up inside the waterline and strongly affect the performance and taste of your coffee.

You might even end up finding that your coffee tastes a little salty and bitter thanks to the high concentration of minerals that dissolve into it.

I recommend that you clean your coffeemaker daily. Use filtered water. And, every 3 to 4 months, perform a descale cleaning session to break up the limescale buildup.

Reasons your coffee is not strong enough

There are also a few things that you might be doing that could be affecting how strong your coffee is.

Not enough coffee

One is if you are not using enough coffee for the cup.

You can always follow the recommendations on the beans that you are using, as well as the recommendation of the coffee maker, to get the perfect cup of coffee every time.

Not brewing long enough

You may also not be brewing for long enough. You want to brew your beans long enough so that they can get saturated and brew you a good cup of coffee.

Follow the recommendations of your particular machine. This will provide you with the best cup of coffee every time the setting, it may not even be releasing the coffee flavor into your cup.

Grind is not fine enough

Your grind may not be fine enough as well. We have already discussed that your grinds do have to be fine enough that the water can penetrate them. If they are not, the coffee is not going to be strong enough.

Brewing the same grounds more than once

The final issue you could be having is that you are attempting to use the grounds more than once.

You can use them more than once; you just have to be ready to realize that your coffee is going to be weaker and weaker each time that you use your grounds.

Does the cleanliness of the machine affect the strength of the coffee?

There is some debate as to whether or not the cleanliness of the machine makes a difference in the strength of the coffee.

At the very least, a dirty machine is going to have to work harder to brew your coffee.

Keeping your machine clean will make brewing your coffee easier and faster overall.

It is also going to prevent your coffee from having any strange smells or tastes that might come from things like hard water or limescale.

Cleaning your machine is always a good idea, even if it does not help you get stronger coffee.

Clean your coffee maker if it gets dirty, or at least as often as you can. Descale your coffee maker every 3 to 4 months while doing a full body clean.

What is the main cause of weak coffee?

Though we have talked about a ton of different things that can affect how strong your coffee is, the bean is the ultimate reason that you are getting weak coffee.

The stronger the bean and the bolder the flavor of the bean, the stronger the coffee.

You want to look at the roast levels of the bean as your first step in selecting the right bean.

In some cases, a medium- or dark roast, or even an extra-dark roast, is preferred. You also want to choose a bean that claims to have a bold flavor.

After that, you want to choose a bean that has been stored properly, is dry, and has been stored in a dark place. This is going to preserve the flavor the best.

Next, you want to look at the grind. For a bold cup, you need a fine grind. For a lighter flavor, go for a larger grind.

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