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The 'strength'of the taste is determined by a number of factors - the origin of the bean, the darkness of the roast and the proportion of coffee to water. If you like a strong cup of coffee, you need to take all these factors into account. The answer is NOT to buy the wrong bean with the wrong roast and then 'cook' the coffee over a burner for hours. All you'll get is a foul, bitter tasting brew that will put you off coffee for life.
Always use a quality gourmet coffee, and brew it according to the instructions on whatever kind of brewing machine you use.