How To Reheat Starbucks Coffee? 4 Ways That Work.

Have you ever been so occupied with work that you forgot to drink that cup of Starbucks coffee you brought along? No one wants their Starbucks Coffee to go to waste. Luckily, there are several ways by which you can reheat it. We will teach you the best ways to reheat brewed coffee from Starbucks.

You can reheat Starbucks hot coffee using a microwave, stovetop, or steam wand. You can even reheat Starbucks cold coffee and turn it into hot coffee using a stovetop or microwave. If you want to keep the Starbucks coffee warm for longer, use a mug warmer.

Can You Reheat Starbucks Coffee?

Yes! You can reheat any Starbucks coffee, even those with milk. Lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos, mochas, and other milky and non-milky coffees can all be reheated. However, remember that if you have left your coffee outside the fridge for an extended period of time, the milk might be spoiled, and reheating it will cause the coffee to taste and smell bad.

Best Ways To Warm Up Starbucks Coffee

It is very easy to reheat hot Starbucks coffee using simple home appliances. Here are some of the best ways to heat up Starbucks coffee.

Summary of Different Methods of Reheating Hot Starbucks Coffee
MethodSummary
Method 1- Using MicrowaveRequires transferring coffee to a microwave-safe cup and heating for 30 seconds
Method 2 – Using Stove TopRequires transferring coffee to a saucepan and heating for 2-3 minutes
Method 3 –  Using Steam WandRequires transferring coffee to a milk jug and heating for 5-10 seconds
Method 4 – Using Mug WarmerRequires only placing the mug on a mug warmer. This is a preventive method to keep coffee warm for longer.

Method 1 – Using Microwave To Heat Starbucks Coffee

Warming up Starbucks coffee is pretty straightforward. Our favourite method is the microwave method. It only takes 1-2 minutes, and the coffee tastes very fresh even after reheating. Before we tell you how to do it, smell the coffee and see if it smells normal. If the milk is still fresh, proceed with the method.

For this method, you will need totransfer the coffee from the Starbucks cup to a microwave-safe container. You can reheat it in its own cup only if you are sure it is microwave safe. Then, reduce the temperature to half and start the microwave. Pause the microwave after 30 seconds and check the drink.

If it is warm enough, take it out. If not, heat it for another 15-20 seconds. However, do not heat it beyond this time, as the milk can bubble and ruin your coffee’s taste. If your coffee is non-milky, we still advise you not to heat it for too long as it can get bitter.

A microwave in a kitchen

Method 2 – How To Heat Up Coffee Without A Microwave Using a Stove Top

A stovetop is the most obvious alternative to a microwave. While it sounds simple, there are a few tips you need to keep in mind to retain the coffee’s original taste.

First, transfer the coffee into a saucepan and place it on medium heat. Let it warm for 3-4 minutes on low to medium heat until you start seeing steam. Turn the stove off before the coffee begins to boil and pour it into a cup.

 Remember that you should avoid boiling Starbucks coffee as it can alter the taste. Keeping it on low to medium heat allows you to monitor it carefully and stop it right before the coffee starts to boil.

Method 3 – Using A Steam Wand To Reheat Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks coffee gets its beautiful foam texture because they use steam wands to froth the milk. If you have an espresso machine or coffee maker with a steam wand, you can use it to reheat the coffee quickly. If you are already sitting in Starbucks and lost track of time (and your coffee got cold), you can ask the counter staff to reheat the coffee for you with their steam wand. However, if you are at home, do the following.

Transfer the coffee to a metallic milk jug or any other deep container. Turn on the steam wand and wait for it to heat up. Then hold the jug under it for only 5-10 seconds. Take the pitcher out immediately when it starts to get warm. Pour the heated coffee into a mug and enjoy.

Method 4 – Using A Mug Warmer To Keep Starbucks Coffee Warm

True coffee lovers most certainly own coffee warmers. Why wouldn’t they? These handy devices are great at keeping coffee warm and fresh for longer. Remember that this method is more of a preventive way and will stop your coffee from getting cold in the first place.

Here we are talking about electric mug warmers with a heating coil at the base. The best part about using a mug warmer is that they do not overheat or boil coffee but provide slight heat to keep coffee warm for longer. If you are in the habit of forgetting to drink your coffee, invest in a coffee warmer as soon as you can. This method works for coffee that has only gotten slightly cold.

Just turn on the mug warmer and transfer the Starbucks coffee into a mug. Place your mug on top of the coffee warmer. After a while, the mug will start to heat up slightly, and so will your coffee.

Can You Reheat Cold Coffee/ Cold Brew?

If you brought home some iced coffee from Starbucks, you can reheat it and turn it into hot coffee! Heating cold brew is a terrific way to enjoy it, despite the fact that it appears odd. Cold brew is created using dark roast coffee blends (usually), so the outcome is warm dark roast coffee. This dark roast coffee is not as acidic as the hot brew. Thus, hot coffee made from the cold brew is preferred by people with stomach problems.

A tumbler of cold Starbucks Cappuccino

Best Ways To Reheat Brewed Cold Coffee

It is possible to convert cold coffee into hot coffee using hot water, a microwave, or a stovetop. Check out the methods below to get started.

Summary of the Different Methods To Heat “Cold Coffee”
MethodSummary
Method 1 – Using Hot WaterInvolves pouring boiling water into the cold brew
Method 2 – Using a MicrowaveInvolves heating diluted cold brew in a microwave for 30-40 seconds
Method 3 – Using Stove TopInvolves heating cold brew on the stovetop for 2-3 minutes

Method 1 – Reheating Iced Coffee Using Hot Water

The best way to reheat iced coffee is with hot water. However, remember that this recipe works only for concentrated cold brews. Do not use it with already diluted coffee because you will end up with a watery cup of joe. We prefer this hot water method over the stovetop and microwaving coffee because the resulting coffee will not taste bitter and retain the authentic Starbucks taste.

Simply pour the cold brew into a mug. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil and pour it over the cold brew. Do not add all the water; just add enough to dilute and warm the brew. Pour this mixture into a mug and enjoy.

Method 2 – How To Reheat Cold Coffee Using A Microwave

You can even convert Starbucks cold brew into hot coffee using a microwave. Transfer the cold brew into a microwave-safe mug or cup. Put it into the microwave and heat it for 30 to 40 seconds on medium heat. Enjoy your hot coffee!

Method 3 – How To Reheat Cold Coffee Using A Stove Top

You can also use a stovetop to reheat cold brew. Starbucks cold brew is usually not concentrated so that you can heat it without water. However, if you feel like the taste is too strong for you, feel free to make additions as you please.

Pour the cold brew into a saucepan. Add some water if you want a lighter brew. Put the saucepan on the stovetop and heat it for a minute or two. Then pour it into a mug and enjoy your hot brew!

A stovetop

Safety Precautions

When heating up your Starbucks coffee, follow the precautions below to avoid burns and injuries.

  1. Make sure the coffee is in a microwave-safe container before placing it inside. Starbucks containers are usually not microwave-safe because of their inner lining. Putting the wrong container in the microwave could destroy your microwave and cause fires.
  2. Do not touch the steam wand while reheating your Starbucks coffee. It is very hot and can cause serious burns.
  3. Hold the steel milk jug’s handle using a cloth after it has been used. The heated milk inside makes the jug very hot to touch.
  4. When using a steam wand, always pour the coffee into a milk jug or any deep container. The steam wand heats coffee very quickly, and heating for a long time can cause overflows which can burn your hand and create a mess.

Conclusion

We talked about the various methods of reheating Starbucks coffee and even taught you how to reheat iced coffee from Starbucks. All the techniques are equally efficient and will give you a steaming cup of coffee in just a few minutes. Remember to follow safety precautions and prevent burns. Enjoy your Starbucks!

Bilal Ahmad

Bilal Ahmad

A coffee enthusiast on his way to exploring more about coffee while helping others solve all their Coffee Queries!