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Keep Good Coffee Warm For Hours

Updated on March 15, 2015

What is Needed for Good Coffee and It Will Stay Warm For Hours!

Now Let's Get Some Coffee Going
Now Let's Get Some Coffee Going

Why Bother Keeping Your Coffee Warm Longer?

Even though coffee is best consumed within 20 or 30 minutes for peak taste, that's not how quickly most people drink their coffee. If you use a regular coffee cup for your coffee, a lot of times your coffee gets too cold before you can finish it. If you add more coffee, then the perfect cup you made in the first place now has too much coffee and not enough additives any more. So, why not make it the way you like it once and then keep it warm until you have time to finish it?

Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder

Grind Your Beans Quickly For a Fresh Taste
Grind Your Beans Quickly For a Fresh Taste

6 Ounce Coffee Bean Container

Tim Hortons Makes For Great Coffee
Tim Hortons Makes For Great Coffee

Let's Grind Some Good Coffee

I suppose that a lot of people have an opinion on how to make good coffee. That's why I am describing this as "good coffee" and not "great coffee". You probably need to do more to make good coffee great but a lot of people don't have time for that. You can, however, make (very?) good coffee relatively quickly without a lot of hassle.

First, I think you need to start with coffee beans, already roasted. I really like Tim Hortons coffee beans, and now I know why Canada and the northern US does too. It's very good coffee and is not very expensive. It also has 100% Arabica beans which a lot of people say is the healthiest and tastiest for coffee.

So now you're thinking "whole coffee beans" - this doesn't sound so easy... I started with a separate Mr. Coffee coffee bean grinder but it was some extra work measuring out the coffee beans and getting all the ground coffee into the coffee maker. Some always ended up on the counter and too much left in the grinder (waste not, want not). It also took a while to grind the coffee. So, there must be a better way - and there is.

I bought a grinder that was integrated with the coffee maker. I chose a Capresso brand coffee maker that brews 2 to 10 cups of coffee. You pour the beans in the top coffee bean receptacle (for lack of a better term). The lid of the receptacle keeps dust out, etc. so you can pour in two or three days worth and the beans don't seem to be affected by sitting there a little while. You measure the water but the machine measures the beans, so it definitely saves some time and effort. It has a timer to start a pot but I've found that I need to open the container door with the freshly created grounds and shake the container a little bit to spread them out. So, I don't use the timer. Select the number of cups you want (it has a setting for weaker, normal, and stronger coffee) and press the "On" button.

The grinder grinds the coffee. I open the container door and shake it a bit to spread them out and then I put the carafe in place. If the carafe is not in place, the coffee won't come out of the container. So you can also pull out the carafe during mid-brew if you can't wait any longer for some fresh coffee.


Make Your Coffee Fast with Great Taste

Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder
Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder

Make a Little or a Lot. Keeps Your Coffee Warm Until You Are Ready For More.

 

Add Some Taste and Health to Your Brew

Lots of Antioxidants and a Bit of Sweetness
Lots of Antioxidants and a Bit of Sweetness

Prepare Your Coffee for Drinking

A big trend lately has been getting lots of antioxidants in your diet. Fortunately, coffee is already high in antioxidants, which is nice. I add a little bit of Hershey's Cocoa to my coffee (maybe like an eighth of a teaspoon to 8 ounces) for an extra antioxidant punch. There is a lot of evidence that cocoa is a great source of antioxidants.

Then, I'll add a little Truvia that is made from Stevia. Stevia comes from South America and it is much sweeter than sugar, ounce for ounce. If you put too much Stevia in your coffee, or whatever, it will taste bitter. Just put in a bit, like the cocoa (about an eighth of a teaspoon to 8 ounces again).

Next, I usually remember to sprinkle in a little cinnamon. It adds a hint of sweetness and also is a great antioxidant purported to help control blood sugar levels. I just sprinkle in a little bit to give a hint of cinnamon (like one little sprinkle from the container).

Then, I add some milk (usually organic) to add a little taste and smoothness. It also helps cool the coffee so that you can start drinking it immediately. I never have figured out how you can quickly cool the coffee without adding milk or doing something elaborate. I add about a half an ounce of milk or so to an 8 ounce cup (although sometimes a little more).

If this sounds like a lot of work (it kind of did while I was typing it), then you can premix the dry ingredients and then just add the milk. This is what my wife does whereas I add the ingredients individually (she is more efficient than I am!).

YETI Rambler Tumbler 20oz

Keeps Hot Drinks Hot and Cold Drinks Cold!
Keeps Hot Drinks Hot and Cold Drinks Cold!

Keep Your Coffee Hot Enough

The milk is important so that the coffee is cooled enough to start drinking it immediately. It is also important if you use a container like a Yeti to put your coffee in. If you don't cool it first, then you will be waiting for over an hour until the coffee is cool enough to drink (yes, a lot longer than when you get it "to go" somewhere). If you don't like milk, just use what you like to cool the coffee down. I suppose you could use one of those wine glass ice cubes (that doesn't add any water) if you just want that coffee taste.

The Yeti Rambler Tumbler will keep your coffee warm literally for hours. It's amazing. My wife bought if for me for Christmas after a co-worker talked about how much she likes hers. It's not the cheapest container to put your coffee in but the outside of it is the same temperature as its surroundings (not the liquid inside). It also will keep cold drinks cold. I am looking forward to seeing how it does at the beach this summer keeping my beverage nice and cool in the hot Texas sun.

The Yeti is BPA free and is stainless steel on the inside and outside (I did find out if you leave in your car overnight while you are camping in the winter in the Alleghany mountains of New York that you should probably grab it with your glove on - it was like zero degrees). The top is a clear plastic so you can see inside. It doesn't have a cap for the hole but it you spill it, it doesn't come out gushing. It is nice that it comes out fast enough so you can get a nice drink. Some cups have holes that are too small and you can't get a good sip. The slotted hole helps enable this.

And, in case you're wondering why it keeps liquids hot or cold, there is double-wall vacuum insulation between the stainless steel on the outside and on the inside. This is the same type of technology used in newer, high efficiency windows for the house. They come in 20 oz or 30 oz sizes. I have the 20 oz which is easy to handle and fits in the cars' cup holders nicely.

Get What You Need for Your Coffee Desires

What Are You Waiting For?

Now, go make yourself some coffee! Of course, you don't have to do it exactly how I do it. Feel free to post your tips and tricks for making your coffee. Also, I would be interested if you can improve upon my methodology on how I make coffee (the technical side of things). I have considered roasting my own beans but am not sure the time investment is worth it. I have also considered buying freshly roasted beans every week or two but then that's one more thing to do as well. I can have Amazon deliver the roasted coffee beans right to my door so that's hard to beat, from an efficiency (or laziness) standpoint.

Oh, you can wait until tomorrow morning to brew you coffee.

Tim Hortons - The Good Stuff

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