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By Alison Chew
Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN
Death Wish Coffee
Death Wish Coffee brings you the STRONGEST COFFEE IN THE WORLD. They do this by carefully selecting the highest quality Organic and Fair Trade coffee beans and then perfectly roasting them to produce a bold, yet smooth, highly caffeinated coffee blend. SHOP NOW >>
What We Like
Strong and smooth, not bitter, with A LOT of caffeine
Comes in whole bean, ground, pods, pour-over, instant, and cold-brew
Organic and Fair Trade
GREAT gift idea!
What We Don’t like
Might be too strong for some
Only comes in dark roast Now have medium roast!
Expensive compared to grocery store coffee
Death Wish Coffee Reviews
For our Death Wish Coffee reviews, we purchased a 1 lb bag of the original Death Wish Coffee. Included in our delivery was our coffee as well as a super cute Death Wish Coffee coffee-scented air freshener and sticker, which were a nice surprise. SHOP NOW >>
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I have to admit that I was a little scared to try the “World’s Strongest Coffee”. I was worried that I would be jittery, that it would taste bitter or too strong, and that there would be too much caffeine. I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but when I do have a cup, usually in the afternoon to get over the after-lunch slump, I like to taste the coffee flavor and prefer medium and dark roasts for that reason. I take my coffee with a splash of milk or flavored creamer. SHOP NOW >>
With nervous excitement, I made a cup of Death Wish Coffee in my Keurig using a universal K-Cup pod and followed the recommended brewing ratio of 2.5 tablespoons of grinds per every 6 ounces of water. That recommendation is for a drip machine, to ensure a kick of caffeine without compromising the overall taste, but I figured it would work for the universal pod as well. SHOP NOW >>
TIP: Using a universal coffee pod (like these) in your single-serve coffee maker is a great way to save money and help the environment because you can buy 1lb+ bags of coffee, which are cheaper than pods, and you reuse the universal pod which means no waste. Win-Win!
I added a splash of vanilla creamer and braced myself as I took a sip. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this coffee! It was smooth and bold, but not bitter at all. And boy does it give you a kick!
Death Wish Coffee has about 2X the amount of caffeine than in a normal 6oz cup of coffee and if you are used to drinking two or three cups of coffee in the morning you may have to scale back to just one or pace yourself.
I slowly sipped my Death Wish Coffee over a couple of hours, warming it up once, enjoying the energy I got from the caffeine, and didn’t feel jittery. SHOP NOW >>
How much caffeine is in Death Wish Coffee?
Death Wish Coffee says that their unique roast is “…two times more caffeinated than your average coffee house cuppa joe” per 6 oz cup. But don’t just take their word for it. According to Consumer Reports, an 8oz cup of Death Wish Coffee contains around 472 mg of caffeine compared to an 8 oz cup of Starbucks’ dark roast that contains 260 mg of caffeine or your normal house coffee that contains around 120 mg of caffeine.
So, how do they do it? It starts with the bean blend. Death Wish Coffee is typically sourced from India and Peru, but they are constantly sampling and testing Organic and Fair Trade coffee beans from all over the world to ensure customers get the strongest coffee on Earth. They use a blend of Arabica and Indian Robusta beans to amp up the coffee and give it a bold flavor. Most coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans and the Indian Robusta beans have more caffeine allowing for the higher overall caffeine content in each cup. SHOP NOW >>
Is Death Wish Coffee safe?
We searched the internet and found that most experts feel that healthy adults can safely consume around 400 mg of caffeine daily without any adverse side effects. But of course, that will vary depending on a person’s weight, age, gender, metabolism, if they have any caffeine sensitivities or if they have built up a tolerance to caffeine. So one cup of Death Wish Coffee should be safe for most healthy adults. My husband and I both enjoyed a cup and enjoyed the extra boost of caffeine without any adverse effects.
We recommend starting with one cup and seeing how it goes. After all, caffeine has been shown to keep you awake, increase your performance, and help you concentrate. But too much caffeine can cause nervousness, jitters, or a headache.
Death Wish Coffee is also USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade. This means that there are no additives and that the beans are NOT fertilized with synthetic nitrogen and phosphates that destroy groundwater and deplete vital nutrients in the soil – safer for you and better for the environment. In addition, because Death Wish Coffee is Fair Trade, farmers get a liveable wage and fair working conditions. SHOP NOW >>
How much does Death Wish Coffee cost?
The cost of Death Wish Coffee starts at around $0.20 per cup and depends on how it’s purchased. You can buy whole beans or ground coffee, Death Pods, instant coffee, single-serve pour-over sets, or cold brew cans.
1-, 2-, or 5-lb Bag: Whole Beans or Ground
1lb: $19.99 One Time Purchase; $17.99 Subscribe & Save
2lb: $37.99 One Time Purchase; $34.19 Subscribe & Save
5lb: $79.99 One Time Purchase; $71.99 Subscribe & Save
TIP: From a 1 lb bag you can make 72 6-ounce cups of coffee following their recommended brewing ratio of 2.5 tablespoons of coffee grinds to every 6 ounces of water.
In addition to the original Death Wish Coffee blend, there is also the Valhalla Java Odin Force blend. According to Death Wish Coffee, this artisan blend was created for “…the world’s most powerful guitarist, Zakk Wylde. With maximum flavor and high caffeine content, this blend will bring you back from the nights you thought you’d never wake up from.”
The biggest difference between the original Death Wish Coffee blend and the Valhalla Java Odin Force blend is the strength, with the Death Wish blend being the stronger and darker roast of the two with a slightly different flavor profile. In addition, Valhalla Java uses a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans sourced from Honduras, Guatemala, Sumatra, Peru, and India. Both are Organic and Fair Trade.
Valhalla Java comes in a 12-ounce bag and can make 68, 6-ounce cups of coffee using the same recommended brewing measurements for Death Wish Coffee, of 2.5 tablespoons to every 6 ounces of water.
12 oz (ground or whole bean): $15.99 One Time Purchase; $14.39 Subscribe & Save
5 lb (ground or whole bean): $79.99 One Time Purchase; $71.99 Subscribe & Save
Odin Cups: $15.99 One Time Purchase; $14.39 Subscribe & Save
Death Wish Coffee delivers on its promise of being the Strongest Coffee in the World. With its bold, smooth flavor and karate kick of caffeine, this coffee is sure to change your morning routine. With 2x the caffeine of your normal coffee, Death Wish Coffee will give you the boost you need to get through everything on your checklist and more.
We not only enjoyed the smooth, strong taste of Death Wish Coffee, we also love that it’s Organic and Fair Trade, which is better for you, better for the environment, and better for the coffee growers.
And while the price of Death Wish Coffee is higher compared to grocery store brands and other premium coffee retailers, you are paying for the quality and high caffeine content.
If you are looking to level up your coffee game or want to give that coffee-lover in your life the best gift ever, we highly recommend giving Death Wish Coffee a try! SHOP NOW >>
This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
Rebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.
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