Hot coffee is best, well… when it’s hot! It’s such a pain to come back to barely warm coffee or burnt tasting coffee in a glass carafe. Thermal carafes are one of the best ways to keep your coffee hot for hours without those annoyances.
If you’re here for the quick answer, what I think is the best thermal coffee carafe is the: Zojirushi Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe.
Before we get into the list for best thermal coffee carafes, there are few things you should know about thermal carafes, so you won’t be disappointed when you get one.
Carafe Heat Retention
The heat retention that these thermal coffee carafes say they can go up to, from my understanding are under the assumption that you’re not going to be using it to pour coffee. I know that sounds kind of dumb, because you’re obviously going to drink coffee.
Every time you go to pour coffee the thermal carafe will have less coffee and more air in it. Heat will transfer from the coffee to the air, making your coffee colder.
This is kind of inevitable and hard to overcome with the thermal carafes out right now.
With that being said, thermal coffee carafes will keep them decently hot usually 3-4 hours and warm for hours after that.
If you know this when getting a thermal carafe, you won’t be as disappointed or feel misled with whichever one you choose.
A Few Things To Consider While Choosing
- How long do you need coffee to stay hot?
- How easy is it for you to clean?
- Do you want to use one or two hands to pour coffee?
- Choose a size that fits your needs. The more unused space in the carafe, the faster your coffee gets cold.
Okay! Let’s get into the best thermal coffee carafe list!
To start off, we have the Cresimo Thermal carafe that can hold up to 68 ounces of liquid. The carafe itself weighs 1.8 pounds. If you were to have a full pot, the total weight of this would be right around 6 pounds.
This could make it hard for some of us to pour with this, you’ll definitely need two hands with a full pot. Although the press down button does help out a bit in making pouring easier.
The Cresimo does have a large opening, which makes cleaning easier compared to some of the others on this list.
One thing poorly designed about this carafe, is that the pour spout does make coffee dribble down the side. You can try to pour higher or at different flow rates so it doesn’t dribble or just place a napkin underneath to solve this annoyance.
Another thing is the lid does collect coffee in it. I would definitely submerge the lid in water after using, so no coffee gets stuck in there the next you use it.
My overall impression is that this thermal is pretty great if you’re going to be making large amounts of coffee. A few issues, but if you can get around them then this is a good option.
The Zojirushi is one of the smaller thermal carafes on this list that holds only 33.8 ounces or a little over two medium Starbucks coffees.
What makes this thermal carafe stand out from all of the other carafes, is that it has a stainless steel exterior and a glass interior. The glass interior doesn’t conduct heat well, which is perfect for keeping your coffee hot.
Most thermal carafes will have two walls of steel. Metals like steel, will absorb heat better than glass. So with this carafe you’ll get the best of both worlds. A durable outside made of steel and insulating glass on the inside.
This thermal carafes problem like most carafes is how it pours. You really have to tilt this thing over, like at a 90 degree angle to get coffee out. If you want the last bit of coffee in your pot, it’s easier to just take off the lid and pour it in your cup.
The Zojirushi Thermal Serve Carafe is my top choice on this list. This is the perfect carafe if you’re only making coffee for a couple people.
We have another Cresimo carafe that can hold up to 101 ounces. You definitely only want to get this if you’re going to be hosting a party or drink a lot of coffee.
This thermal coffee carafe is an airpot. These are the ones that you’ll usually see at a cafe. The top is usually some type of lever that you press down like a pump to pour coffee. It’s really easy to get coffee out of airpots.
You won’t have to worry about spilling when filling up this carafe since it has a pretty large opening.
The opening is large, but not large enough to stick your hand in to clean the insides. You’ll have to get a long brush if you want to clean the insides from any buildup.
Again, this thermal carafe is great for events or if you like making a lot of coffee. It’ll definitely keep your coffee hot for several hours. Cresimo also gives a lifetime warranty on these incase you have any problems with it.
Last on this list is the Hario Double Vacuum thermal carafe. This thermal carafe fits perfectly with their Hario V60 pour over device, but can also be used as just a regular thermal carafe.
It’s quite a bit smaller than other carafes, holding a little over 20 ounces. They do offer a larger size that’s built the exact same way.
One thing about this carafe is that it doesn’t keep your coffee hot for long. A consensus of a lot of other users have said it only keeps things hot for about 1 – 2 hours. If you drink your coffee relatively in a couple of hours, this isn’t that big of a deal.
The biggest problem this thermal carafe has, is how it pours coffee. Just like all of the other carafes on this list, it dribbles coffee down the side.
Overall, you should consider choosing this thermal carafe if you drink your coffee relatively quickly. It’s also great if you already have Hario products, so that you can brew directly into the carafe.
What’s The Best Thermal Coffee Carafe?
The best thermal carafe on this list in my opinion, is the Zojirushi Thermal Serve Carafe. It gives your coffee great insulation with it’s glass interior and has a durable steel exterior.
It holds a decent amount of coffee and keeps it hot for hours. It does have it’s small issues like all other carafes do. I’m sure you can do your best to get around them.
If you don’t quite think a thermal carafe is for you, a thermal travel coffee mug might suit you a little bit better.
That wraps up this article on what the best thermal coffee carafe is. Down below are tips to keep your coffee hotter and some answers to commonly asked questions.
Heat Your Carafe Before Adding Coffee
Filling your carafe up with hot water before you pour/brew coffee in it can really help with keeping your coffee hot longer.
Less heat will have to move from your coffee to the insides of your carafes material, leaving you with hotter coffee for a longer amount of time.
Which Is Better: Glass or Thermal Carafe?
Each type of carafe has it’s pros and cons, so let’s go over what those are for both of them before we decide which is better.
- You can see how much coffee is left in the carafe
- They generally look better than thermal carafes
- Glass carafes are easier to clean and stain resistant
- Glass carafes can easily break if you mishandle them
- They need a heating plate to keep your coffee hot
- It’ll leave you with burnt coffee if you leave it on the heating plate for a long time
- They can keep your coffee hot for hours without a heating plate
- You can take them with you to the office or even camping
- Stainless steel is way more durable than glass
- You won’t have to worry about breaking it, maybe just a few scratches or dents
- You won’t be able to know if you’re running low on coffee unless you open it up
- They’re harder to clean than glass, coffee can get stuck in numerous places
So which is better? Well that depends on your situation. A glass carafe is better when you want to keep your coffee hot, but drink it pretty quickly. Taking your time drinking coffee might result with burnt tasting coffee in the glass carafe.
While a thermal carafe is a good choice if you don’t drink your coffee too quickly. It’ll keep your coffee hot for a few hours and warm for hours after that. It’s also great if you want to take your coffee with you somewhere.
Does Reheating Coffee Ruin It?
Yes, reheating your coffee will ruin its flavor. If you absolutely have to drink that coffee, try drinking it over ice instead. It’ll taste way better than putting it in the microwave.
How Do You Clean A Thermal Carafe?
How I learned to clean carafes was while working at cafes and I still do this at home with my own carafes.
The easiest way to clean a thermal carafe is to rinse it out with hot water after you’re done using it. This’ll prevent any staining and buildup on the inside. Don’t forget to rinse the lid also, coffee will buildup in there.
Now if you have some buildup or coffee stains, there are these cleaning packets you can use to easily remove it. Just follow the instructions on the packet or just dump 1 packet in and fill up the carafe with hot water.
Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. After, pour out ¾’s of the water mixture and scrub the inside with a brush (I just like to use the remaining water in the thermos to dip the brush while scrubbing). Give it a few good rinses just to make sure there aren’t any leftover chemicals and you’re good to go for next time.
Make sure to leave the top open for it to air dry!