How To Make Coffee in The Microwave

Casual girl using microwave to heat cup

Brewing a hot coffee to jumpstart your day doesn’t have to be complicated. Even without coffee filters and other equipment, you can still make a great cup with coffee grounds, a mug, and hot water. But if you’re looking for a quicker way to make a cup, can you use the microwave? While it may be a convenient option, people often think microwave-heated water isn’t the best choice for making coffee.

In this article, we’ll delve into the particulars of preparing a delicious cup of coffee in the microwave. We’ll also examine why there has been a controversy about whether it is advantageous to use the microwave to heat water for coffee-making.

Is Microwaved Water Different?

A person holding a clear glass of water

The answer is no; boiling water is boiling water regardless of how it gets there. But one thing to remember about heating water using a microwave oven is that the microwaved water can sometimes get hotter than the boiling temperature. This phenomenon is known as “superheating” and occurs due to the way that microwaves work – in simpler terms, microwaves make use of a different kind of energy compared to conventional stovetops, which consequently creates this higher boiling temperature when heating liquids such as water. 

How Long To Microwave Water For Coffee?

The amount of time it takes to microwave water for coffee will depend on the wattage of your microwave and the quantity of water you are heating. Generally, it takes 1-3 minutes to heat one cup (8 ounces) of water in a 1000-1200 watt microwave. You may need to add an extra minute or two for larger quantities. When microwaving, it is important to use a microwave-safe container and to stir the water periodically during the heating process. Also, use caution when removing the container from the microwave, as the water may be very hot.

Casual girl using microwave to heat cup

How To Make Coffee In The Microwave

Using the microwave to make coffee is fast and simple. Just follow a few easy steps and you can have a fresh cup of coffee in no time.
Cook Time 3 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 1 kcal


  • Microwave-safe mug
  • Microwave oven
  • Spoon


  • 8 ounces water
  • 1 tsp ground coffee


  • Fill your mug with water and place it in the microwave. It takes 1-3 minutes to heat 8 ounces of water in a 1000-1200 watt microwave.
  • Take the mug out and wait roughly 30 seconds so the water reaches a temperature of around 205ºF, the best temperature for making coffee.
  • Mix in your ground coffee. If you don't use filters, you may have grounds at the bottom of your mug.
  • Allow the coffee to steep for no more than 4-5 minutes; if you steep it for any longer, you may end up with an overly strong and bitter brew.

How To Froth Milk In A Microwave?

Glass of milk

Preparing the frothy milk requires pouring cold milk into an appropriate vessel, such as a heat-safe measuring cup. Be sure to leave enough head space so that the foam doesn’t spill out of the cup while it’s being microwaved. Place the cup in the microwave on high power for one minute. Take care not to overheat; otherwise, your drink will have an unpleasant burnt flavor. When it’s done, carefully take out the cup and give the milk a quick stir with a spoon until your desired creaminess is achieved.

Can You Microwave Coffee?

The short answer to the question of whether or not you can microwave coffee is yes, you can. However, whether or not you should is another question entirely. While microwaving coffee might seem like a quick and easy way to make your morning cup, it can lead to an unpleasant-tasting beverage. Coffee contains volatile oils and acids that can be destroyed when heated in a microwave, resulting in an unpleasant taste.

How To Make Instant Coffee In Microwave

The process of making instant coffee in the microwave is close to making regular coffee in the microwave. First, fill your mug with water and place it in the microwave for 1 to 3 minutes. Take the mug out and add one teaspoon of instant coffee. Stir thoroughly. Here you don’t have to steep the coffee, so consume it immediately.


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