Please Cool Off

Wake up in the morning. Fill coffee pot with water. Pour water in coffee maker. Put two scoops of ground coffee in filter. Place filter in coffee maker. Turn on coffee maker. Wait 10 minutes for coffee to brew. Pour first cup of coffee. Turn coffee maker off. Wait 15 minutes for coffee to cool to tolerable temperature. The steaming mug is mocking me.

I am officially on a hunt for a better coffee maker. Maybe some kind of pressure brew system with variable temperature control. Or maybe I should start a ritual of burning my tongue every day and get over it.

26 Replies to “Please Cool Off”

  1. Just pour the superhot coffee into your mug from high up, in a thin trickle. It’ll take longer to pour, but you’ll be exposing more of it to the cool morning air, and it might be drinkable right away.

  2. Ken’s tip is pretty good. But remember that a good coffee maker is designed to reach the ideal temperature for brewing. If the water is too cold, it will taste boring and lack aroma.

  3. I always have a big mug of coffee. The amout of cold milk i’m adding gives it the right temperature instantly.

  4. cold water doesn’t make good coffe. so the best option would be a machine with an integrated timer.

    or you just take two cups and trickle the coffe from one to the other and back until it’s cold enough. is quite fast.

  5. No, cold water doesn’t make good coffee :) It must be hot, but then cool fairly quickly. Milk or anything else is not an option: I only drink it black.

    However, I just bought the Black & Decker Home Cafe dealio from Best Buy because, well, it was on sale for $20, and came with a nice little mug (because I needed another to add to the collection of around 50), and some pods.

    Now, this doesn’t really solve the “it’s hot for 15 minutes” issue, but it does reduce the wait time, because it only takes ~1 minute to make the coffee. Oh well, for $20, I don’t mind the a 10 minute wait.

    Now, as for the little coffee pods: they suck. They’re expensive, and I already have a closet full of big tins of coffee. So I cut up some filters and made my own pods. They work great. Now I just have to devote 30 minutes a weekend to stuffing home-made pods for a week’s worth of coffee. Let’s see… 1 pod/7oz times 5-8 cups a day times 7 days a week… that’s a lot of pod stuffing.

    Thanks everyone!

  6. Wow, so I think I am henceforth banning myself from making impulsive purchases at a retail store, regardless of price. I just read the reviews of the HCC100 on Amazon, and am now veerrryy skeptical of what now sits on my desk. It has thus far made me 5 cups of spectacular coffee, but who knows how long that will last.

    I suspect I’ll return it within a week, but I’m keeping the mug, the pods, and the tupperware container for the pods.

  7. Go with a French Press-type brewing thingy (you know, where you pour water onto a pile of ground coffee, wait a minute or two, then press down a filter to get rid of the grounds). It brews quickly, and if you don’t buy a too large size, it cools down nicely as well.

    Something like this if you want to be all designy, or just a cheap and cheerful one from IKEA or so, if you’re mostly interested in getting the coffee done.

  8. Keep a mug in the fridge and pour the hot coffee into the cold mug. You can vary the time the mug spends in the fridge, or even the freezer, if the fridge isn’t cold enough. If you use the freezer (doubt you’d need to) just be sure to use a mug that can handle the temperature extremes without shattering. A regular ole mug should be able to handle it.

  9. Janne, I was too was going to go low-tech and also recommend a French press for Aaron. I have one here and it’s wonderful, especially with ground-it-yourself organic, shade-grown, free trade beans from Whole Foods or some place similar.

    I also have a Turkish coffee brewer thingy, and with good coffee, it’s great too (although it is usually hotter when served).

  10. Why don’t you just pour some cold water into the mug after brewing to cool it (such as you would if you took milk)? That’s what everybody I have ever met who drinks black coffee does.

    On the other hand, a mug with a giant fan-heatsink on the side would be pretty awesome.

  11. Make your coffee as usual, but use less water in the brewing process. Pour less coffee in your cup and add up with cold water untill the temperature is right… or try switching to instant coffee. Coffee is a religion.

  12. Some great suggestions have been made here! I am particularly fond of:

    1) Ken’s trickle to cool method
    2) Using less water to brew, add cooler water after brew
    3) Cool a mug in the fridge

    I will try the French Press, as brought up by Janne and Garrett, tomorrow, because I just so happen to have one that I have maybe used once.

    I like the idea of a pressure brew system, but will be returning the HCC100 tomorrow, as after about 8 cups today it is already broken. What a piece of junk. Perhaps I’ll purchase the Senseo, or maybe I’ll fall in love with the French Press tomororw, or maybe I’ll just go buy a really high end drip machine and pick 1-3 as my favorite cooling method… *sigh* the possibilities!

    Thanks everyone!

  13. Aaron, be aware that for french press, you absolutly need coarser grind grounds (english is funny). And if you have a grinder at hand (you should, really! coffee looses sooo much of it’s aroma in the first minute after grinding!), grind just before you pour the not-anymore-cooking-water into the french press. has a nice howto, as well as other howtos regarding drip-filter and such. Have fun! Try good coffee and you won’t ever regret it ;)


  14. A proper espresso machine cannot be beaten for taste. The strange thing is that at home I still use a drip filter.

    I love the ritual of filling the machine, preparing the filter, spooning the coffee and then waiting for the aroma filled growl from the machine while it is being prepared.

    A great coffee experience fills all senses: hearing the machine growling away, seeing the swirling mixture of milk and coffee in the mug, smelling the aroma of the brew and then in the mug, feeling the warmth seep into your hands while you cradle the mug in your hands and tasting the brew.

    Going through this ritual slowly and deliberately… Waiting in anticipation… This is coffee heaven.

    The things you complain about – I like! To each his own I suppose.

  15. Lukas, I’ve actually always used regular ground coffee (the stuff meant for a drip maker) in my IKEA press and have had no problems. I do know that there’s a pretty big difference in usability and design detail between french press models, though; I guess the filter mesh coarsness varies quite a bit.

  16. Hi Aaron! I was amused about your detailed info about brewing your coffee, this and that, and the other. Perhaps that you should try Starbucks Coffee, I especially like Verona caffe… and also buy 1 pound of espresso blend every week from Starbucks, and brew them with my Starbucks Barista Espresso machine at home. I love it.

    For one thing, I notice that you didn’t mention “fresh” water, because it is IMPORTANT to have fresh, clean water. So that way your coffee drinks taste excellent as it should be. :-) Hope that helps!

  17. Aaron, I failed to say something just now. Perhaps that you should set up a new coffee company for that matter. :) I cannot imagine what life is like without excellent cup of coffee, read articles on The New York Times or Wall Street Journal… and of course, carrying some intelligent conversations with other coffee lovers. :)

  18. I don’t highly recommends any coffee makers brewing with pods in it. The paper filters along with ground coffee thingy in there, it tastes so bitter! I dunno why it is the case. Therefore, I don’t highly recommends pod coffee or something like that. For one thing, one nice thing about pod is less mess, easy to use. But the taste of coffee or espresso – so bitter! Not worth it.

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