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 (for the record, we do not condone this method as it is extremely wasteful, try a travel mug instead).
- 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 K-Carafe® pods 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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