Lifestyle: microwaving coffee or tea: a safety precaution

Tutoring, I drink coffee. (What academic doesn’t?) The tutor gives a hint for those who microwave coffee but drink it black.

I’ve been told that, when you microwave a cup of liquid, an air bubble can develop beneath the surface. Then, if the drink remains undisturbed, it can pop into your face when you take a sip.

For decades I didn’t worry about that, since I took cream in my coffee. However, last summer, I stopped using cream; now I just drink it black. As a precaution, I always dip a spoon or stir stick into freshly-microwaved coffee, just to release any air bubble that might be waiting.

The other day I was in such a situation, but there was no stir stick or spoon handy. Wondering what to do, I put the cup of microwaved coffee under the tap, then let a few drips of cold water fall in. It broke the surface tension well enough.

I believe the air bubble phenomenon can happen, but rarely. I think I’ve seen microwaved liquid “jump” up from the cup a few times over the last fifteen years.

PS: Only four months ’til Christmas!

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Coffee: reheat temperature

Coffee appreciation involves self-tutoring. The tutor brings up a couple of observations about reheating coffee.

I’m a coffee drinker, to be sure. I make a pot at a time, then reheat it later, cup by cup.

I would say that the best cup of coffee isn’t when it’s freshly made, but the next morning, reheated.

When I used cream in my coffee, I had to reheat it fairly hot so the addition of the cream afterwards wouldn’t make it cold. I gave up cream last August for health reasons (see my post here).

Drinking coffee black was tough to get used to, but ten months later, I am. Of course, the coffee doesn’t have to be so hot as before. What I’m noticing in particular is the different flavour profile depending on the degree of reheat. Ten seconds less in the microwave can reveal delicate flavours that won’t be present after that last ten seconds. I’d say it’s because the flavour molecules in coffee can be fragile, so easily changed by overcooking.

Drinking black coffee, the reheat can be much cooler than if you take cream. I’m experimenting with lower heat to discover those flavours that were lost before, when I used to cook the coffee to a higher temperature.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.