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Old 02-12-2005, 18:42   #1
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Question Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

You know those paper cups (and the plastic lids) that those lovely people at Caffe Nero/Starbucks/Costa/everywhere else sell your coffee in?

Are they microwaveable? Repeatedly microwaveable?

Now that it's getting chilly I thought I'd start making soup for lunch at work - only it needs to be in something like a cup with a lid so I don't spill it everywhere on the way back to my desk (I'm a bit clumsy, you see ).

So I thought I'd use a coffee cup instead - I'll clean it first, I promise.

Don't want to find the hard/painfull/messy way that it won't work
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Old 02-12-2005, 18:52   #2
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

Should be microwaveable but without knowing what they are made of I wouldn't guarantee it. Can't you just get a normal beaker type cup with a sealed lid? Would be safer in the long run as the paper cup may deteriorate over time and it may let go when you don't want it to.
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

try one of these
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

OR one of these
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

I'm going to follow the Nugget school of thought here.

There's only one way to find out
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Old 02-12-2005, 20:24   #6
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

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OR one of these
- I even like the colours

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try one of these
That looks like the sort of thing I'm after - got a linky ?

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I'm going to follow the Nugget school of thought here.

There's only one way to find out
It's what I'd normally do - I have an 'active' learning style - but I don't want to get shouted at if it all goes horribly wrong ......
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

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I'm going to follow the Nugget school of thought here.

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Yup - let braniac science abuse do it first
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

Any paper cup can be used in a microwave.
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

That looks like the sort of thing I'm after - got a linky ?
on ebay in mugs
not sure how to do links
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

Thanks all - my active learning style is satisfied and it's go go paper cup in microwave for me

And there's a burns unit in the hospital round the corner from my office, so I've got all possibilities covered

Oh, and off topic tick - if you ever want to put a link in a post, copy the website address you want to link to, type the text you want to appear in the message, highlight it, click on the blue & green globe icon with a chain by it (just next to to the indent button) and past the website address in the box that pops up.

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Thanks all

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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

Another tip! Don't fill the cup too full and leave the plastic top off until you need to carry it to your desk, I think the plastic lids they use in Starbucks et al would melt as it is so thin.
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

Whatever you buy, make sure it has a top that seals pretty well.
Last thing you want is it opening in your bag all over your work so avoid the cheapo ones.
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

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Another tip! Don't fill the cup too full and leave the plastic top off until you need to carry it to your desk, I think the plastic lids they use in Starbucks et al would melt as it is so thin.
Cheers - hadn't thought of that

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Whatever you buy, make sure it has a top that seals pretty well.
Last thing you want is it opening in your bag all over your work so avoid the cheapo ones.
Opening in my bag would be a - leaking all over my work : I think I could cope with that
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

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Thanks all - my active learning style is satisfied and it's go go paper cup in microwave for me

And there's a burns unit in the hospital round the corner from my office, so I've got all possibilities covered
You might also want to think about the possibilities of food poisoning if you don't actually get the thing clean and, when you re-heat the contents, they don't get hot enough (70 degrees plus) to sterilise any bacteria...
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Re: Are paper coffee cups microwaveable ?

i personally would make sure the lid had a hole in the top to allow for expansion otherwise you could be looking at a nasty mess inside if the cup explodes due to pressure build up inside the cup
me thinks putin a sealed container of any sort in a microwave or oven for that matter is asking for trouble one of the biggest problems i had when i was an engineer customers calling an engineer out complaining the m-wave was over cooking when in fact it was due to food liquid etc being placed in sealed containers very dangerious

ive even seen microwave & oven doors blown clean off their hinges (my advice Don't Do It)
unless it states on the packet it is safe to do so Remember that hot steam causes expansion and if it cant get out thru an escape hole DUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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