So you like coffee. A lot. Me too. I like it so much I’m a home roaster. And importer. I import green coffee beans direct from the La Minita plantation in the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. Why? Well, because (get ready) it’s the best inexpensive way to enjoy the best organic, free-trade, gourmet coffee on earth.
Apparently, I am not alone in this. Readers send me lots of questions and comments on the subject. Here’s one:
Which coffeemaker makes coffee the hottest and then keeps it hot without burning it?
Good and Hot
“Hot” is a nebulous term when it comes to coffee. For Mcdonald’s, hot meant a big lawsuit when its hot coffee burned a customer who spilled it in her lap. For my grandson Sam, hot means anything even slightly warmer than tepid.
Coffee aficionados insist that the water temperature for a drip coffee brewer needs to be hot at exactly 179 F. the moment it hits the coffee grounds. Personally, I find that to be on the cool side, which confirms “hot” is a matter of personal taste.
Automatic drip coffee makers have an internal thermostat to control the water temperature and they range from 175 F. to 205 F. depending on the make and model. Most machines will not allow the consumer to change this setting—a feature most of us don’t think about when selecting a coffeemaker.
Manual coffee makers like Chemex and Aeropress leave this matter up to the brewer.
On the rare occasion that I use my Aeropress, I heat the water to boiling, then allow it to cool for just a few minutes until my instant-read thermometer hits 200 F. Using this method I make only the amount we will consume immediately. Keeping it hot is not an issue.
For a true coffee lover, a coffeemaker is an investment in one of life’s pleasures. The joys of a good cup of coffee cannot be overstated.
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