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Strong Coffee Types You're Bound to Love

We all like to opt for a strong coffee in the morning for a great start to our day. That’s why you should know the strongest coffee types for those mornings when a powerful cup is needed. See our guide below.


5 strong coffee types you need to know

If you’re looking for the strongest coffee, you’ve come to the right place.


A Ristretto is the strongest coffee type! It’s similar to an espresso in the way that it’s made. Water is still pulled through coffee beans to create the coffee but a Ristretto uses less water. This makes the coffee shorter and stronger because the concentration of coffee and caffeine is higher.


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An espresso is a strong coffee on its own. Of course, it’s also a base for many of our favourite coffee drinks, from Flat Whites to Caramel Macchiatos. An espresso is made by pulling water through coffee beans to make a ‘shot’ of coffee. Because it’s simply made from coffee and water, you’ll be able to taste the distinct coffee bean flavour.


Our range of NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Espresso Pods boasts many different espresso types so you can taste the difference between each coffee bean variety.


A Lungo is a delectable long cup of coffee that boasts a delicious, strong roasted flavour. It’s made in the same way as espresso and ristretto, except there’s a lot more water being pulled through. You still get a strong coffee, just in a bigger cup! See our NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Lungo Coffee Pods for a dark roast blend that’s wonderfully intense.


An Americano is made up of just coffee and water, so you get a long cup of delicious coffee. It’s a great type of strong coffee because you can customise it to your needs! Simply change the ratio of coffee to water.


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Espresso macchiato

An espresso macchiato, also known as a Cortado in Spanish, is a strong coffee with milk! If you like a coffee that is silky and creamy, but not very milky, this is the drink for you. An espresso macchiato is made up of mostly espresso with a dash of steamed milk and foam.


If this strong coffee type sounds like your ideal cup, you’ll love our NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Cortado.

Is a latte strong?

A latte is one of the more milky coffees! This coffee drink is made up of 1/3 of espresso and 2/3 of steamed milk. The high milk ratio means that a latte isn’t a strong coffee.

Is a cappuccino strong?

A cappuccino is made up of equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk. This drink is a bit more milky, but not as milky as a latte. It might not count as a strong coffee but it is on the stronger side of milky coffees.

Is espresso strong?

On its own, a shot of espresso does have a pretty strong flavour! This is because the flavour is simply made up of coffee beans and a small amount of water. With this strong coffee, you’ll be able to really taste the delicious, roasted beans.


We hope this guide on strong coffee types was helpful! Next, see our article on the differences between each coffee type.

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