I am on a mission to find the strongest coffee blend from Van Houtte coffee which indeed is cheap but easily attainable at the local grocer when I run out and don't have time to get to Union or La Vieille Europe. Any suggestions?
try using a blend you're already familiar with and use a bit more coffee per cup, that should up the brew strength. You can also try grinding a little bit finer or stirring and agitating a bit more (if possible). Good luck!