What Are Coffee Pot Warmers and How Do They Work?
Coffee warmers are basically similar to tabletop hot-plate stoves, and they help keep coffee in coffee pots at optimal serving temperature. Electric coffee warmers make use of a hot plate, which is a heated plate (which could be constructed of iron, ceramic, porcelain, or other materials) used for heating or cooking. In the case of beverage warmers or drink warmers, the plate is mainly used for heating and not cooking.
The hot plate in a coffee warmer produces heat by using electricity as opposed to the traditional way of creating heat via the use of fire. This is done by running electricity through a series of heat coils. The heat coils in an electric coffee warmer have a certain high level of resistance to electricity and this precise electric resistance that turns into heat energy, thereby making the heating coils in the drink warmer give off heat. In a nutshell, the resistance of the electricity as it moves through the coils is what helps a coffee-warmer plate produce heat.
Drink Warmers and the Ideal Serving Temperature of Coffee
Coffee, in order to taste great, needs to be served at an optimal serving temperature. Some people like their coffee piping hot, while others like theirs just barely warmed; regardless, there is an ideal serving temperature for coffee which, most coffee connoisseurs insist, makes the brew taste perfect. Electric coffee warmers can help achieve the perfect ideal serving temperature of coffee.
A lot of coffee experts and connoisseurs claim that the perfect serving temperature for serving coffee is around 155ºF and 175ºF, but most people prefer the temperature to be at the higher end, usually at about 175ºF. Coffee at around 195 to 205 degrees tends to be too hot already, and this more often than not readily affects the taste of the brew and makes it less enjoyable. Besides, coffee that is too hot is hard to drink without scalding your tongue or mouth. Coffee warmers are the perfect tool to achieve the ideal serving temperature of coffee. A good electric beverage warmer will help warm coffee in a pot for a relatively long period as long as the coffee warmer is plugged in.
How to Properly Clean an Electric Coffee Warmer
With coffee warmers, there is a tendency for coffee grounds, coffee particles, and even brewed coffee itself to fall or drip into the warming plate and harden, therefore affecting the performance of the equipment. With this said, proper cleaning of coffee pot warmers, especially the warming plate, is of the essence if you want to keep your equipment in excellent condition. So what is the proper way of cleaning an electric coffee warmer?
First, turn off and then unplug the coffee warmer and—if recently used—wait for it to cool. Remove the pot from the coffee pot warmer and then set it aside. Get a piece of lint-free cloth, wet it with some warm water, and then wipe the coffee warmer's plate to remove any hardened coffee residue and other dirt and dust. For tougher stains, a nonabrasive plastic scrubbing pad or melamine resin foam will work better. When finished, wipe the plate of the electric coffee warmer dry with another lint-free cloth. You can now plug in the coffee warmer and use as needed.
Coffee Warming Plates Available at Rapids Wholesale
We at Rapids Wholesale offer some of the best coffee warmers in the market today, manufactured by Wells-Bloomfield, which has over seventy-eight years' experience in providing quality commercial-beverage systems.
Rapids has both single- and double-station coffee warmers, which feature porcelain-enameled warmer plates secured to a stainless-steel base. These warmers, which can be used at home or used as ideal commercial coffee warmers for any restaurant or any establishment, keeps coffee handy and at optimal serving temperatures.