What does the “Strong Brew” button on my coffee maker actually do?

What does the “Strong Brew” button on my coffee maker actually do?

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  1. Without actually examining your specific coffee maker, we can only guess.
    The one thing we clearly do know, is that your coffee maker cannot add more ground coffee to the filter basket, so we know that’s not it!
    There are only two possible ways for your coffee maker to make coffee stronger than the “Normal” setting: it can drip the hot water more slowly, or it can dispense less hot water.
    The only way that it could be the second possibility is if your coffee maker has a water reservoir that holds enough water for more than one brew cycle, such as Keuring type device. If so, the coffee maker might have a “Strong” setting that dispenses less than a “full” amount of hot water. That’s the part that too many Keuring owners don’t understand when they think their coffee maker can make more than one size of coffee. No, the coffee pod only holds a fixed amount of ground coffee. A Keurig type maker can make a small cup of stronger coffee, a mid-sized cup of average strength coffee, or a larger cup of weaker coffee.
    If, in your coffee maker, you make a pot of coffee and fill the water reservoir, and the water reservoir empties completely for each pot, then the coffee make can’t change the amount of water dispensed, and can only make the coffee stronger if it dispenses the water more slowly.
    However, there is another possibility, and I have actually seen a coffee maker that works like this. Surprisingly, it’s backwards from …

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  2. It pumps the hot water more slowly, giving it a chance to flow less quickly through the coffee grounds before filtering into the pot. The longer hot water stays on the grounds, the stronger the final brew will taste.
    I’ve tested this with my coffee maker at home. Regular brew time is less than ten minutes, strong brew is around fifteen and change. That’s my machine, different machines will have different brew times for regular vs strong brew, but the idea and principal is the same.
    Hope this helps!

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  3. I assume you have a Keurig brewer? The “strong brew” button on there actually does make the brew stronger. I use mine a lot. It simply slows down the brew cycle time and reduces the pressure a bit. It discharges water into the grounds, waits a couple of seconds, discharges more, waits a couple of seconds etc. The longer the brew stays in contact with the grounds the more the flavors are extracted. This is a good thing, to a point.
    In my French press I brew coffee for 4–6 minutes. Less than 4 minutes and there is flavor left in the grounds that I’d like to have, and it’s a bit weak. After 10 minutes or so, the coffee has over-extracted, meaning it has extracted the flavors you want, but also the oils and bitter compounds you don’t want. Between 4 to 10 minutes is a matter of taste. The same goes for the kcup brewers. They can benefit from keeping hot water in contact with grounds a little longer and not using quite so much pressure to make the coffee a bit more flavorful.

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  4. The original question is: What does the Strong Brew button on my coffee maker actually do?”
    Uh, have you actually pressed the button to find out?

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  5. It is a type of brewing. There are two options almost working in the same way, and some of the coffee maker companies design them without an innovation and just by only copying. they really don’t know what they are giving the customer. I know it is long and harsh intro but this is the fact.
    one of these options is 1–4 cup button, this should be active when you make coffee less than 4 cups. Button slows down the flow and lets the water contact with the coffee for a longer time. Because less amount of coffee ground cant resist water and if the machine pours with the same flowrate then your coffee became a light tea
    second option is aroma, bold or -like in your case- strong. This should start with blooming. Pour less amount of water and let it meet with the coffee let the all gas and air out for 40 seconds then start brewing with less amount of water. Just like making a pour-over. This option also causes a longer interaction between coffee and water and that makes it more aromatic and bold ( which is actually increase the body of the taste and smell)
    So some producers understand this and name the buttons like as it should be, but some name as what they saw from others.
    I hope I answered it without boring you
    cheers!

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