Is it Safe to Reheat Coffee?

Coffee, practically everyone’s favorite morning indulgence. Coffee originally comes from Ethiopia and grows in the form of beans on trees. With so many flavors, so many variants, and so many drinks that can be made with coffee, it’s no wonder almost everyone loves it!

Coffee is always the best when it is freshly made. However, coffee can be safely reheated and enjoyed even after it’s gone a bit cold. The important thing to reheating coffee is you want to be sure you don’t overheat or burn the coffee while it’s reheating. You can heat it on low temperature on the stovetop, you can also reheat coffee in the microwave. It is important to note that coffee that has creamer or milk in it should be reheated as the milk can curdle or be soiled.

Reheating Coffee

As we discussed above, coffee can safely be reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave. However, coffee can only safely be reheated if it’s plain black coffee. When milk or creamer is reheated it runs the risk of curdling or it can already be spoiled if it was left out. Here is how you can reheat coffee.

Stovetop

Reheating your coffee on the stovetop is the easiest way to hold in your coffee’s flavor and it’s easier to control to make sure it doesn’t overheat or boil. Boiled coffee often tastes extremely bitter. 

  1. Pour your coffee into a pot and place on the stovetop
  2. Turn your stove top on to medium low heat
  3. Heat the coffee slowly and take it off the burner before it boils

Microwave

Although the microwave isn’t the ideal way to reheat coffee, it is the easiest and quickest way to do so. Make sure your microwave power settings are using medium heat, avoid using high heat so your coffee doesn’t overheat. 

  1. Put your coffee in a microwave safe mug
  2. Heat at 30 seconds at a time until heated through 

How To Store Already Made Coffee?

Coffee that is already made can be poured from the mug, the french press, espresso machine, however you made it, into a clean jar with an airtight lid. This will be in preparation for storing it in the fridge. It is said that freshly made coffee will preserve its flavor for only 2 hours after it has been stored in the fridge. However, technically you can save it in the fridge for up to a week. This is by health standards and certainly not by taste. The bonus to storing it in the fridge this way is that, in about 2 hours, you will have made your own iced coffee. 

What To Do With Old Coffee?

Maybe you have some old coffee that’s been sitting in the fridge for a few days, it’s probably lacking a bit of its flavor from when it was freshly made. You don’t necessarily have to dump it out yet. Take that old coffee and pour it into ice cube trays, stick it in your freezer and freeze them. Once frozen, you can add these coffee ice cubes to coffee to make iced coffee! It’s an easy and delicious way to not waste any coffee. 

Final Thoughts

Coffee is a yummy treat everyone can enjoy. It is best freshly made, however it is totally safe to reheat and have for later. You can even save coffee for up to a week and reheat it then if you’d like.