How to make coffee in the microwave

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Yurii Brown

Certified Barista

May 2, 2022

How to make coffee in the microwave
There are many ways to make coffee in the microwave, but perhaps one of the most popular methods is to make instant coffee in the microwave. It is a quick and easy way to make the morning cup of coffee, so what is needed to make Folgers coffee in the microwave? To make coffee in the microwave, a person needs the following items:
  • Instant coffee grounds or crystals
  • A microwave-safe mug or bowl
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Milk (optional)
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Filter
  • Tea strainer

Methods of making coffee in the microwave

There are several ways of making coffee with a microwave. It is pretty simple and only requires a few popular things in every kitchen. Listed below are methods of making a delicious cup of coffee at home. 

Heat water with a microwave method

Put 8 ounces of fresh water into a mug, fill it up with more if needed, and put it inside the microwave. Heat this for about 2-3 minutes on high power or until hot enough that can be drunk directly from the spout without any problems. Because the temperature of the water can vary depending on the strength and power of a specific microwave, there is a  need to experiment a bit to find the right amount of time needed for heating the water. To get started, heat the water for 1 minute and then check the temperature with a thermometer. If needed, increase the temperature. Try heating it for another 30 seconds or so. Alternatively, get close to the desired temperature, and heat it for 20 seconds or less. Keep experimenting to find the right amount of time needed to heat the water to the desired temperature, between 90-95 degrees C (194-203 degrees F). Once this is determined, heat the water quickly and easily by using a microwave!

Filter Coffee in the Microwave Method

When looking for a convenient and easy way to make filter coffee at home? Try using the microwave method!
  • Simply add two tablespoons of ground coffee into a coffee filter and fold the top over to form a small bag. Then, slide this filter bag between the fork’s prongs and set it aside.
  • Next, fill a microwave-safe mug or cup with water and heat it in the microwave until it reaches a temperature of about 200 degrees F. Be sure to use a thermometer or simply gauge the water temperature by how long it’s been in the microwave.
  • Once the water is ready, place the coffee filter bag in the water and let it steep for about 4 minutes. Press the fork against the filter bag to release more flavor from the coffee grounds.
  • When the brew is ready, remove the fork and filter bag and enjoy the cup of coffee with milk and sugar, if desired. Remember to take the first sip carefully, as hot water from the microwave can scald lips or mouth.
If there are no coffee filters on hand, use a small square of cheesecloth in place of the filter bag. Simply cut out a piece of cheesecloth, add the ground coffee beans to the center, and tie it up with string to form a ball. Attach the string to a binder clip and place the filter bag in a mug or cup of hot water. Let it steep for about 4 minutes, then remove it and enjoy a fresh, homemade filter coffee!

The Tea Strainer Coffee Method 

When looking for a quick and easy way to make coffee in the microwave? Look no further than the tea strainer method!
  • To use this method, start by filling a microwave-safe mug or cup with water and heating it in the microwave for about 45–60 seconds. While the water is heating, place a second mug or cup in hot water from the tap or kettle.
  • When the water in the microwave is ready, empty the warmed-up cup and place a tea strainer on top of it. Scoop two tablespoons of coffee grounds into the strainer, then pour the microwaved water over the grounds. Let it steep for 4-5 minutes. Gently push down on the coffee grinds with the flat base to extract more flavor.
  • Add sugar and milk to taste and enjoy!

Coffee with Frothy Milk Method

If the taste of frothy milk in coffee is preferred, there is an easy way to make it with a microwave.
  • To make frothy milk, pour some milk into a microwave-safe jar with a lid. Screw the lid on and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds to add air bubbles to the milk.
  • Get the water out of the microwave and steep the favorite coffee grounds in any of the ways above.
  • Once the coffee is steeped to the liking, pour in the frothy milk and add any desired sweeteners. Sit back and enjoy this quick and easy method for making a delicious latte or cappuccino right in the kitchen!

How safe is it to make coffee in the microwave? 

It is very safe to make a cup of coffee in the microwave. However, take some basic precautionary actions to make it altogether safer. It is essential to follow some basic precautions to ensure that the coffee is proper. These guidelines include using instant coffee grounds or crystals,
  • Choose a microwave-safe mug or bowl.
  • The water may heat unevenly.
  • Also, water may overheat or superheat, burning hands or even the face.
Check these FDA  recommended tips for using microwave ovens safely.


Yes, it is perfectly safe to drink day-old coffee. However, the quality of the coffee will not be as good as freshly brewed coffee. The flavor will be weaker, and the drink will be less aromatic. When looking for the best possible flavor, experts agree that drinking the coffee fresh is key. But whenever there is only day-old coffee that’s still drinkable, don’t worry—it’s nothing wrong. Just enjoy the cup of Joe and be thankful that there is no trip to the coffee shop at the beginning of the day.

Yurii Brown

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