It says "Do Not Microwave" on the side of the cup, but why?
Even though these coffee cups can keep hot liquids for a short period of time in the microwave, they are not microwave-safe.
McDonald's is a household name, and it doesn't need any introduction.
It's one of the most well-known names in the coffee industry.
Many coffee enthusiasts have relied on them for decades to satisfy their cravings.
Nevertheless, have you ever considered whether or not you could reheat a McDonald's coffee cup in your home microwave?
If you ask my opinion, I'd just respond "No.".
Because McDonald's warns customers not to put their coffee cups in microwaves, you should avoid doing so with your own.
McDonald's paper coffee cups may potentially crack, smoke, or catch fire if exposed to high heat inside the microwave.
The inside of those paper coffee cups was lined with wax and paper.
The higher the temperature, the greater the likelihood that the cups will melt if placed in your microwave oven.
If these cups melt and get into your coffee, they could contaminate the beverage and pose a health risk.
If you have no other choice except to reheat your coffee, you should rapidly move it from the McDonald's coffee cup to a nicer cup.
You can use a ceramic or glass coffee mug instead of a paper cup if you want.
If you have been microwaving your leftover McDonald's coffee in the paper cup that was provided, proceed with extreme caution.
For your own safety, place the beverage into a microwave-safe cup if you intend to reheat it in the kitchen appliance.
For all of these reasons, I strongly advise against heating up paper coffee cups from McDonald's in your home microwave.
Instead of reheating your favorite McDonald's beverage in a cup or bowl, use a microwave-safe container.
Making McDonald's Coffee in the Microwave Here are a few things to do before warming your coffee.
Pour the liquid into a mug or bowl that can be heated in the microwave.
Depending on the type of coffee you wish to warm, you may need to adjust the microwave power settings.
If the coffee contains a dairy component, it should be heated to 74°C to prevent bacteria growth.
Heat your coffee at a low temperature for a short period of time, then gradually increase the time to warm the beverage without scalding the milk or cream.
It is not necessary to cover the mug or bowl with a lid.
When warming coffee in the microwave, use 30-second increments to ensure even heating.
Stopping the microwave and stirring after each time period is recommended. This aids in the uniform distribution of the warmth in your cup of coffee.
To remove the coffee from the microwave, use a towel or a pair of gloves.
Conclusion . . . . .
If your McDonald's coffee cup does not have a "microwave-safe" label on it, do not microwave it to warm your coffee.
Coffee cups from McDonald's are coated with a plastic and wax coating that can melt if subjected to high temperatures.
When this occurs, you will be unable to consume your coffee since the harmful elements will seep into it.
Instead of using a microwave to warm your favorite McDonald's beverage, use microwave-safe cups or bowls.
Other Questions about Coffee
OCM (OnCoffeeMakers.com) was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link).
In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years:
OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM
OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM
Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops:
OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more.
So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates:
For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube
For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG
For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN
PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).