Posted Fri Jul 19, 2002, 6:06pm Subject: Preheating the cup?
Preheating the cup prior to some version of non espresso coffee seems to be the norm. It almost appears to be an indelible rule that is etched into the minds of some fanatics, like me. After giving it some thought, I wondered about this ritual, assuming the cup isn't coming straight out of the refrigerator. Coffee seems to taste best when it is not as hot as possible, such as 180 F or so. At a cooler temperature, the coffee simply tastes better and that has been noted in many cupping notes. Initial bitterness, if present, seems to dissipate. Better texture. More body. More fruitiness, if present. Consequently, I don't bother preheating my cup anymore, assuming a normal ambient room temperature. Note, I use a thin porcelain cup as well as one of those doubled wall stainless steel vacuum cups, not a mug.
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