Every coffee lover has done it at least once: Poured a large glorious cup of their favorite java, then walked out of the room and forgot it, took a phone call that lasted a little too long, or became otherwise involved in activities that lead to them returning to a cold cup of coffee. There are two things one could do in this situation; the first being make a new cup of coffee and waste the existing cup by pouring it down the drain. The second option would be to reheat the current cup of coffee in attempt to restore it to its former glory. Reheating is much more cost-effective, especially if you are a connoisseur of fine (and expensive) coffee. Choosing to reheat doesn’t necessarily mean you are committing to a sub-par coffee experience; just follow these tips to ensure a much happier cup of micro-Joe.
First, start with good quality. Beans that are freshly roasted and ground for each pot make for the best quality coffee. Popular coffee chain Peets Coffee and Tea recommends using filtered water heated between 195 and 205 degrees, measuring two teaspoons of coffee for every six ounces of water and grounding coffee just before brewing. If fresh grinding is not practical, ground coffee should be stored in airtight containers to preserve freshness.
Second, when it comes to reheating, the sooner the better. Don’t wait too long to reheat coffee or you risk a change in flavor. According to GormetCoffeeShop.net “Coffee loses its flavor and aroma quickly after being brewed. Within approximately twenty minutes, the coffee starts to loose its flavor. If you leave the coffee to sit, then reheat it, you’ll find the coffee won’t taste nearly as good.”
Third, be patient. Reheat the coffee on the stove instead of using the microwave. This will ensure a more even heat, which will better preserve the flavor of your coffee. Secondcup.com warns “Reheating coffee in the microwave further denigrates the quality and taste due to its uneven heating nature. Parts of the coffee may overheat and leave an unpleasant taste overall.”
Fourth, only bring black back. Heating milk (or other dairy based creamers) especially in the microwave, can yield some pretty unsavory results. Dairygoodness.ca warns “Milk should be heated gently and slowly. Excessive heat can result in a scorched flavour and/or a film of protein on the top of the milk.” No one likes a chunky coffee.
If all else fails, ice is nice! Lifestyle expert Heloise suggests ditching the reheat for an iced coffee treat midday. She uses the leftovers from the morning pot on ice and adds a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for a treat. Using cool coffee instead of hot will reduce ice melt, leaving you with a less watered down version of your cold coffee treat.
Apply these easy tips and you will keep your cup tasting fresh, reduce waste and save money on not only your home brew but those pricey to-go cups as well. Feel free to spend the money you saved on more coffee.