Coffee Science

Urban Breakfast, after William Harnett

You know the filtered water you use to brew your freshly-ground, custom-roasted, shade-grown coffee beans should be at 195-205°F (91-96°C). Science has now determined that you should drink the resulting java at 140-147°F (60-64°C). You’re welcome.


“Science Finds The Most Acceptable Coffee Drinking Temperature,” Zac Cadwalader, Spudge

“Impact of beverage temperature on consumer preferences for black coffee,” William D. Ristenpart, Andrew R. Cotter, and Jean-Xavier Guinard, Nature

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Image (“Urban Breakfast, after William Harnett”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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