If you choose “small” in a Keurig coffee maker instead of “large”, is the coffee stronger?

If you choose “small” in a Keurig coffee maker instead of “large”, is the coffee stronger?

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  1. A small cup will have a higher concentration of caffeine and flavor (the “coffee”) than a large cup. The total amount of flavor extracted from the pod will be higher when you select a large cup: the concentration will be lower and the taste will shift significantly.

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  2. Also, let me follow up on this – yes the coffee will be stronger with less water. However, the type of coffee and roast makes a big difference too.
    Lighter roasts have more caffeine. Darker roasts have less. Most people think the opposite. This is because more of the caffeine is removed as beans (seeds) roast longer.
    Do keep in mind that you do not know when the coffee in the Keurig pods were roasted and ground. Could have been a year or more ago, which means they are not fresh and gas has released, quite a bit. So actually the caffeine content could be much lower than right after roast and when it was ground.

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  3. Shortest answer – yes. Watch the water come out next time you make a big cup. Starts out thick and black. Ends up clear and watery. By about halfway through you’ve already leached out all the coffee your little cup will give you. The rest is just dilution.

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  4. Yes it will be stronger. Basically it means you are using less water to coffee ratio. So it will come out stronger. The pods are designed to be used with 6 OZ of water per cup. If you want a mug full, use 2 pods. Set your brewer to 6 OZ and brew 1/2 of your mug, then switch to a new pod and finish filling it up to 12 OZ. There is a difference between a measuring cup and a coffee cup. Measuring cup = 8 OZ. Coffee cup = 6 OZ.

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  5. Short answer, yes. How much stronger will depend on the type of coffee, how tightly packed the k-cup is, etc. Generally speaking if you use less water with the same amount of grounds, the result will be stronger coffee.

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