If you like the sound of extra strong coffee, then chances are you’ve heard of Death Wish.
They jumped into the spotlight when they won an award that gave them a 30 second Super Bowl commercial in 2015.
Since then, they’ve been kicking goals like sending their coffee to the international space station aboard a SpaceX rocket.
And all the while roasting delicious, super high-strength coffee.
So, can you buy Death Wish Coffee in Australia?
Read on to find out.
What is Death Wish Coffee?
The Death Wish Coffee Company was founded in 2012 by Mike Brown in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Claiming to be “the world’s strongest coffee”, Death Wish asserts that its coffee has twice the caffeine of an average cup of coffee, but without any bitter or acidic taste.
Death Wish Coffee is USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified and they offer both dark and medium roasts.
The beans were grown at a high altitude, offering notes of caramel, roasted peanuts and stone fruit. Both roast levels work great on their own or with milk.
How much caffeine is in Death Wish Coffee
Death Wish Coffee claims its coffee contains 59 milligrams of caffeine per fluid ounce, whereas a typical cup of coffee contains 12 to 16 milligrams of caffeine per fluid ounce.
This higher caffeine level is achieved by selecting high caffeine beans for their blend and also techniques used in their roasting process.
The caffeine content of Arabica and Robusta beans (the two most popular varieties) varies because of their densities, which is affected by altitude.
Arabica beans grow at high altitudes, while Robusta beans grow at lower levels. Robusta beans, therefore, have higher caffeine content.
Caffeine serves as a pesticide so it is only natural that Robusta beans contain more, as they grow in areas that are more accessible to pests (lower altitudes).
Can you buy Death Wish Coffee in Australia?
Death Wish Coffee is all roasted in the United States, however, they do ship internationally.
But we don’t recommend buying roasted coffee beans from overseas.
We recommend you check out some local brands instead (check out our guide to the Strongest Coffee In Australia).
How do you make strong coffee?
As mentioned earlier, the first thing you’ll want to do is purchase some Robusta beans, as these have a caffeine content of 2.2%, while Arabica is closer to 1.2%.
Next up, choose a brewing method.
This is actually going to play the biggest role in determining how strong your cup of coffee is. For example, a cup of filter coffee has about 100 milligrams of caffeine and espresso has about 55 per 30ml shot.
Regardless of your brew method, you’ll want to think about the coffee to water ratio. More coffee to water not only means more caffeine but also a bolder, thicker mouthfeel.
If you want a very strong flavour, you should probably choose a dark roast. Dark roasts have a bolder flavour than medium or light roasts, which make for stronger-tasting coffee (but don’t really contribute to the caffeine content).