January 13, 2010

Do You Heat Up Your Coffee Cup Before Making a Cup of Coffee?


We realized that we're always heating up our coffee mugs here in the Single Serve Coffee test kitchen when reviewing coffee, or just having a cup of our favorite single serve coffee. Since we use clear glass coffee cups, we simply rinse the cup out a few times under our instant hot dispenser to get the temperature up so the coffee stays hot longer in the cup. Another method we have used with non-clear cups is to simply microwave a coffee cup that is microwave safe but tends to heat up.

Other methods include using the cup warmers on various machines when we have them out in the test kitchen. We often heat up all of our espresso cups using the cup warmer on top of our Nespresso cube or the like - or we'll use the steam wand on our Gaggia to also heat up a cup or two.

Do you do this? Do you heat up your coffee cup prior to use? Do you think it makes a better cup of single serve coffee? Sound off in the comments and you can let us know via Twitter and Facebook as well whether you practice the art of coffee cup warming.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 13, 2010 7:46 AM
Recent Comments

I have been running my cup full of hot tap water to heat the cup for so long it's second nature. :-)
Not sure if it makes the coffee taste better or not, but it does stay warmer for a little longer, especially in a stoneware mug.

Posted by: JoeM at January 18, 2010 1:28 AM

I always heat my coffee cup first by putting it directly on my stove top burner for a few minutes on low-medium heat, especially in the winter.

Posted by: Steve at January 13, 2010 5:34 PM

Yes, I do. I use a Nespresso machine and simply run water through the empty capsule holder, discard the water then drop the capsule and go for it...

Posted by: M Freitas at January 13, 2010 3:41 PM

I find that when I re-heat coffee that it develops a bitter taste, maybe I'm doing it wrong by using a microwave.

Posted by: Carson at January 13, 2010 12:55 PM
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