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How Hot Should Your Coffee Be?

Have you ever burned your tongue because you were overeager to get to your morning cup of coffee? Or have you ever set a cup down to cool, only to come back and find it's gone tepid? The only way to get a cup that doesn't start out super hot is to cold brew it, but that can take up to 12 hours! And unless you have a thermometer, it can be difficult to tell what temperature the coffee is. So what's the perfect temperature for a great tasting cup anyway?

Read on to find out everything you ever wanted to know about coffee temperature and even some things you didn't realize you wanted to know.

Boiling your grounds burns the flavor.Boiling your grounds burns the flavor.

Boiling Is Too Hot
Boiling water will seriously ruin the drink's flavor. Anything over 205 degrees will burn the grounds and leave you with a nasty aftertaste. This is the same reason you want to drink your drip brewed coffee as soon as it's finished brewing - leaving it on the heating element for too long can also burn the coffee.

For a French press, you want your water to be somewhere around 195 degrees. This can be difficult to determine if you're boiling your water on the stovetop. Usually, you'll let the water reach boiling point, remove it from the heat for a minute and then add it to your French press. It's not the most accurate method. To get a precise temperature, use the Mr. Coffee® Electric French Press + Hot Water Kettle, which also takes away the hassle of pouring boiling water. All you have to do is set the machine to your desired temperature and it takes care of the rest. It will even keep your coffee warm.

Should You Reheat That Cold Cup?
You can reheat a cold cup of coffee, but it's probably better if you don't. Locking your drink in a microwave and nuking it for a few seconds will certainly make it warmer, but it'll also leech away any flavor that was left.

Perfect temperatures may vary by taste.Perfect temperatures may vary by taste.

Temperature For Taste
When is your cup cool enough to drink? Basically, when your tongue says it is. If you must get out a thermometer and take an exact reading, you're going to look for numbers somewhere between 120 and 140 degrees for optimal coffee goodness.