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Old 08-29-2009, 11:45 PM   #21
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I make my coffee the same way, and was frustrated with a burning hot coffee mug handle as well. I don't like microwaved coffee a whole lot, either. One day I decided to heat the concentrated coffee in the microwave, in a Dixie "grab and go" paper cup, I heated it just until it felt like room temp...then I poured it into a warmed coffee mug, and then added the boiling water. It's the perfect temp for me, and makes me a happy lady in the morning *s* I save the paper cup and use it several times.
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:47 PM   #22
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Thanks ChrissyMc ChrissyMc. I am going to give this a shot tomorrow morning.
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Old 08-30-2009, 12:08 AM   #23
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Well, I'd disagree about the chicken stock and coffee comparison, but it is pretty moot.

So place the coffee concentrate in a container, and place it in a bowl or pan. Pour in some boiling water, and let the coffee concentrate warm up.

Then proceed as normal.
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Old 08-30-2009, 01:00 AM   #24
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That means cleaning a pan which I do not want to do.
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:22 AM   #25
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can't you heat the concentrate together with the water in the kettle, wich means making the mixture before any heat comes into?

But I think, it should not be a real problem to leave it outside for a few days.
Can't you divide the concentrate into smaller bottles with coffee for about four days in it?
There are very few nutrients in the liquid coffee, so there is not much for the mold to live from..
I would just give it a try...
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:05 AM   #26
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It sounds as though someone could make a financial killing if they invented a cool handled microwaveable coffee mug!
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:25 AM   #27
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It sounds as though someone could make a financial killing if they invented a cool handled microwaveable coffee mug!
Every coffee cup I have can go in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and still not be too hot to handle.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:31 AM   #28
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can't you heat the concentrate together with the water in the kettle, wich means making the mixture before any heat comes into?
That would do two things that I do not want to do.
1. It would mean that I now have to wash out the kettle and I don't want to do that.
2. It would cook the coffee more than I want destroying the very reason for making the concentrate in the first place.

OK so I took Alix's advice and poured the concentrate into a measuring cup. Yes that does mean I have another cup to wash, but at least this one can go in the dishwasher. It is not a perfect solution, but compromises must be made I suppose. I had to nuke it for 45 seconds to get it to room temp, but I was heating more concentrate than I actually needed. I needed to do that today, but usually I would be able to heat just what I need so I could probably cut that down to 30 seconds in the future. The coffee is still cooling faster than I would like, but definitely not as fast as before. The taste has not changed though and that was my biggest concern.
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:32 AM   #29
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GB I found some nice glass coffee mugs at Walmart Walmart.com: Anchor Hocking 4-Piece Cafe Mug Set, Clear: Kitchen & Dining that I really like. They don't get too hot in the microwave and wash up in the dishwasher nicely. Because they are glass, they work much like a measuring cup in the microwave. They are cheap too! Maybe switching mugs to allow you to "nuke" it to the temp you want will help.
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Good thought jabbur, but I don't want to switch mugs. We searched long and hard to find the mugs we wanted and there is no way I am going to give up using these.
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