If you’re like me you like drinking your fair share of coffee but don’t want to keep that coffee sitting on a hot plate for hours at a time.
The best way to keep your coffee hot for a long time is to transfer your freshly brewed coffee from the coffee maker directly into an insulated carafe. The carafe will retain heat rather than the hot plate adding heat to your coffee. The hot plates tend to burn coffee over time. From an insulated carafe the coffee will taste much better as a result.
Not all carafes are made equal though. Some are good for a couple hours while some will keep the temperature high all day.
I prefer all day performance even if I don’t need it. The following are all excellent coffee carafes that are going to perform brilliantly for you.
Here are my Favorite Carafes to Keep Coffee Hot All Day Long
64 Oz Coffee Thermal Carafe with Lid, 18/10 Stainless Steel Coffee Thermos Carafe by Hiware – Double Walled Vacuum Carafe InsulatedEmsa Eleganza Stainless Steel Insulated Carafe, 44-OunceThermos 51 Ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel CarafeZojirushi SH-FB19 Stainless Steel Vacuum Carafe with Brew-Thru Lid, 64-Ounce, BlackStainless Steel Coffee Carafe by JPVictoria 68 oz Insulated Thermal Thermos with Bottle Brush and 5 oz Milk Pitcher (3 Piece Set)Panesor 51 Ounce Thermal Coffee Milk Carafe Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Carafe Pitcher
As will be the case with every carafe, heat retention will be improved if you pre-heat the inside of the carafe with hot water before adding hot coffee. Also, the more frequently you open the carafe the faster heat will escape. Lastly the faster you drink your coffee the faster the “last bit” of coffee at the bottom of the carafe will get cold.
Why do Some Carafes Keep Coffee Hot A Long Time and Others Don’t
A good insulated carafe (or mug for that matter) will use a double walled stainless steel construction process where the space between the walls is vacuumed and absent of air. Good alternatives are vacuumed double wall glass construction and in some cases double wall construction with foam filling the interior space. With each step down however your thermal retention will diminish.
The carafes that keep drinks hot for a really long time tend to have a really good vacuum space between two steel walls. The lids also end up being made to a much higher level of quality. It doesn’t really matter very much that the walls of a carafe are well insulated if the lid isn’t.
Think about it. Heat rises and it gets to the lid. If it can easily pass through the lid to the outside then the liquids inside the mug will start decreasing in temperature quickly.
When shopping for a long lasting carafe for your coffee think about the best travel mugs you’ve ever used. They always have high-end lids.
So Why Not Buy A Coffee Maker with Insulated Carafe
This is another point major point I need to make. Yes, there are really great thermal carafe coffee makers for sale and if you want one I’m not going to talk you out of it but I prefer to buy the best coffee maker I can and also buy the best carafe I can because the best carafe for coffee is not likely to be bundled with a coffee maker.
In the future I’ll look closer at the insulated carafe coffee makers and update this post if I find options I think are worth buying.