HOW TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL BREWING TEMPERATURES WITH A KEURIG

Posted on Thu, Sep 11, 2014

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There are several opinions out there when it comes to the best temperature at which to brew coffee. The good news is they all come in within a few degrees.  In general it can be agreed that the optimal temperature for a perfect cup of joe is somewhere between 190-200 degrees Fahrenheit.  The upper echelon of drinkers spend a tremendous amount of time arguing this detail down to a 2 or 3 degree difference, we simply don't have time for that. All Keurig® brewers come preset at 192 degrees F and that suits us just fine. 

However, one common complaint about Keurig® brewing is that the coffee is not hot enough.  But, as we stated above, it certainly is set to a very hot temperature so how could this be?

There are external factors that can bring that temperature down resulting in a cooler first sip and we have a solution for each:

  • Using a paper or foam cup will dramatically decrease the temperature (up to ten degrees) in a matter of minutes. Try doubling your cup creating a double wall and always use a lid if available.
  • Using a cool ceramic mug will chill the coffee the second it hits this surface.  Try running a water only brew cycle into the mug to warm the ceramic before brewing. 
  • A brewer that has sat idle or off for a period of time tends to produce a first cup that is below the 192 degree target.  Try running a water only brew cycle first to warm the brewer. 
  • A mug with a very wide opening will cool much more quickly than a mug with smaller opening or optimally a lid.
  • Try using a mug warmer, they do a great job and are priced very moderately.
  • If you are using Keurig® 2.0 Kcarafes invest in a stainless steel thermal carafe

Tip, to maintain very hot, very consistent temperature over a long period of time, my number one piece of advice is to use a stainless steel travel mug. But, do not pick any ol' cheapo, indulge and purchase a high quality version and I promise you and your coffee temperature will not regret it. By far I have found the Contigo brand to be the best, I am a proud owner along with all of my family members and friend who received them as Christmas gifts this year : )

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Topics: Keurig K-cup FAQ's

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