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11 Clever Ways To Keep Your Coffee Hot No Matter Where You Are

Hate drinking cold coffee? So do I.

But cold coffee can easily become a thing of the past. I’ve gathered 12 ways to keep your coffee hot – at home, in your car, or in your office.

With the right tools and tricks, you’ll be able to enjoy a warm cup of coffee for longer.

Ready? Let’s help you keep that cup of joe hot for longer!

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How Do You Keep Coffee Hot?

Below you can find effective ways that’ll keep your cup of joe warm for hours!

1.     Wrap It In A Scarf

Do you have a scarf or a thick piece of fabric lying around? Wrap your coffee mug in it! Layering something thick around the cup provides more isolation and enables your coffee to stay warmer for longer.

This is a very simple but only temporary solution. It won’t keep your coffee warm for long.

2.     Cover Your Mug With A Lid

Placing a lid on your cup can do wonders when it comes to keeping that coffee warm. There are plenty of options when it comes to coffee lids; they help to keep the aroma and the flavor inside the mug as well!

3.     Use A Mug Cozy / Cup Sleeve

Cute and very inexpensive, these cup sleeves are another way to keep your coffee warm without electricity.

For best effects, warm up your mug beforehand, wrap it in a mug cozy and then pour in the brew.

There are many options to choose from when it comes to mug cozies, and the best thing about them is that they’re very affordable and lightweight. You can easily keep a few in your office and at home!

4.     Keep It In A Coffee Thermos

Thermos is one of the best ways to keep coffee hot for longer. They’re very convenient on road trips, hiking, and camping trips.

A good thermos can keep your coffee warm for hours. Usually, thermoses are designed with insulating materials (stainless steel, silicone, plastic), and they’re perfect to keep around when you’re on the do.

Some can be pricey, but they guarantee to keep your brew warm for a long time.

5.     Get Smart With Ember Coffee Mug

I have to say that Ember Mug is a smart mug indeed. Essentially, this is a battery-operated mug that you can control with your smartphone. Adjust the temperature and other settings, and receive notifications.

Ember isn’t dishwasher friendly, but it is an excellent little gadget to keep on your desk. Make sure to place it on a charging coaster for all-day use.

6.     Preheat Your Mug

Preheating your mug, a travel cup or a thermos is a great way of keeping that cup of coffee hotter for longer.
How to do it? Easily – pout boiling water into your coffee mug and let it sit there for about a minute. When you’re ready to fill the cup with coffee, remove the water and replace it with freshly brewed coffee!

7.     Use Metal Coffee Beans

Coffee Joulies or metal coffee beans can keep your coffee warm without any electricity. They absorb the heat, which means they’ll keep your mug of coffee warm for longer. Don’t worry about swallowing these; they’re the size of a soup spoon.

I recommend you preheat them to keep your coffee hot for longer.

8.     Try A Mug Warmer

One of the easiest ways to keep coffee hot at a desk, in your office, and at work is to invest in a mug warmer.

Mug warmers usually work with different plugs such as a USB cable or an AC adapter, which makes them very practical to use pretty much anywhere. You can also opt-in for a rechargeable mug warmer if you’re looking for a cordless alternative.

9.     Use An Immersion Heater

Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of this gadget, but it does the trick well if you’re not too clumsy.

Place the heater into your portable coffee mug and plug it in to keep your coffee warm. This is another very practical gadget that can keep your coffee warm even in your car!

10.     Use A Plug-In Travel Mug

The best way to keep your coffee warm in your car (or anywhere else with electricity access) is a travel mug with a heater!

This little wonder is completely portable, so bring it with you and plug it in whenever your coffee needs a bit of extra heat.

11.     How About A Car Heater?

A car heater is a very convenient little gadget to keep your coffee hot on the go. If you’re not into a coffee thermos, a car heater can do two things at once: it can be a mug warmer and a portable cup holder! That way you can keep your coffee warm on the road.


How Not To Keep Your Coffee Hot

Now that you know how to keep your coffee hot for longer, let’s say a few words about how not to keep your coffee hot.

The methods listed above are all effective tricks that can help you enjoy your cup of joe warm, whenever and wherever.

But there is one method some people swear by and others absolutely despise: the microwave method.

As an avid coffee drinker, I understand the desperate measures we sometimes use to get our hands on that steaming cup of joe.

But when it comes to microwave coffee, that’s just a big no-no.

Yes, it’s very convenient and it does the job quickly.

But microwave can warm up the coffee unevenly and the coffee that comes out often tastes burnt, bitter, or even stale.

The same goes for the electric French Press Pot. Also, very convenient. But the longer the coffee sits in there, soaking with the grounds, the more bitter it becomes.

If you want to enjoy warm quality coffee pick one of the options listed above instead.


How hot should my coffee be?

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How do you keep coffee warm all day?

The most reliable method of keeping your coffee warm all day is probably a thermos. There are plenty of other ways that’ll keep it warm for longer, but not for the whole day.

How long will a thermos keep coffee hot?

While that depends on a thermos (some work better, others worse), the best thermoses will keep up the drinks warm (if not piping hot) for up to 24 hours. If you’re serious about keeping your coffee hot as long as possible, then Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle is a great option.

How do I keep my coffee warm at my desk?

A mug plate is the most convenient option that’ll keep your coffee hot for hours. It doesn’t take up much space and most come with an AC adapter/USB cable to heat the plate.

How long can brewed coffee sit?

Here’s the thing: the longer the coffee just sits there, the more flavor and aroma it loses. It’s best to drink it fresh.

But, if you insist on storing it for longer, then the best way to preserve the heat and its flavor is with an airtight thermos. Keep in mind that coffee is prone to oxidation and it’ll continue to oxidize after brewing even in a thermos.

Black coffee lasts a few days in the fridge (which beats the point of keeping your coffee warm), but coffee with milk should be drunk fresh. Drink it within the first hour or two after you brewed it.

If you want to brew coffee in larger batches and drink it throughout the week, your best option for that is cold brew concentrate. You can easily make it at home, it’ll last up to 7 days in the fridge, and it’s a perfect beverage for summer.

How long does coffee stay hot in a carafe?

You can use a thermal carafe, which will keep your coffee warm for hours.

How long will the coffee stay hot in there? It depends on the carafe, so double-check the reviews before you buy.

How do I keep my French press warm?

Here’s the thing; French press coffee should be decanted right after it’s brewed. Otherwise, it can turn bitter if left in the brewer for too long.

If you want to keep it warm, there are a few ways to do it:

  • Pour the coffee into a thermos to keep it warm
  • Pour it into a double-wall cup
  • Use any other of the methods listed above

Can I drink a day-old coffee?

Yes, you can, but it’s not the best thing to do because it’ll just taste old and stale (unless you mean cold brew. In that case, by all means!).

How To Keep Coffee Hot: A Recap

As you can see from the list above, there are plenty of ways to keep your coffee hot after brewing. Some methods are more effective than others, but I’m sure that one of them will do the trick for you.

I prefer to drink coffee fresh as soon as it’s brewed. However, on those days when I take it on the go, I prefer to pour it into a thermos; these in my experience work best.

What’s your method of choice?

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9 thoughts on “11 Clever Ways To Keep Your Coffee Hot No Matter Where You Are”

  1. Josephina Burgess

    This blog about How to Keep coffee warm without electricity: 12 methods that work!, is a very usefull and i will
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    1. Jacqueline

      Keep googling non-electric or cordless coffee warmers. Google and Amazon are not very smart because they always show warmers that have a long cord. Seems to me if you can have a lighter that charges with USB a similar item for a coffee cup warmer should be available. Chords are so unsightly

  2. Vherle5

    I warm my coffee in the microwave but because of the danger of burning some parts of it, I warm it at power level 2 for 2-4 minutes depending on how much it has cooled! As the turntable keeps turning while the heat pauses, it is warmed evenly and gently! Tastes great!

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