Coffee Burn Cases: What You Don't Know

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Created On: 08/05/2010 02:05 PM

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 01/07/2014 05:18 PM

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moodyrah

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I'm with AmariT. I want my coffee hot, but I don't want it so hot that it's undrinkable. I put so much milk in my coffee every morning and it's STILL too hot to drink for at least half an hour. I can't imagine anyone can drink that coffee when they first get it.

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 11/18/2013 04:30 PM

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Cher777

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Marie, that is awful! Now that some time has passed, is your husband okay? Does he still have a scar?

I once had a scary episode with a pot of heated water (I was making pasta). The water started to boil over onto the stove, so I grabbed the handle to remove the pan from the burner. I guess I used too much force, and some of the water spilled all over my hand. Ouch!!!

Clearly, I have been much more careful with boiling pots since that incident. Unfortunately, I do have a small scar left behind.

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 01/30/2013 01:05 PM

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marie33

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I like my coffee hot, but it is not drinkable if it is served too hot; however, this rarely happens for me. Sometimes what I do at home is put a cup of coffee in the microwave if my drip coffeemaker does not make it hot enough. I am relatively certain this may not be suggested as a solution by coffee experts, but it is something I do.

Still, any liquid that is exceedingly hot is not a good thing. My husband was trying to unblock our toilet, so he heated some water to throw in. He slightly slipped and spilled a bit of hot water on his hand. The injury first oozed with pus, and now he has a scar left behind.
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 04/23/2012 03:42 PM

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Cher777

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I think the "coffee" debate will linger for some time. Some people prefer it hot, and some do not. Having said that, coffee that is too hot can scar the skin if spilled.

One topic that does not get as much press but seems equally important is hot soup. Gosh, I have been to a few restaurants that excessively heat this food. As a result, I have burned the roof of my mouth on more than one occasion. I shudder to think what would occur if the entire bowl spilled. Luckily, nonetheless, this has never happened to me.
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 04/16/2012 06:53 PM

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AmariT

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Coffee is dangerous, and I myself wish they wouldn't keep it so hot. I go to a coffee shop to write for a couple of hours every morning but I almost never order coffee because they serve it so hot that I can't drink it until it's almost time for me to leave. I've tried adding ice and, besides watering down the coffee, it doesn't actually help that much. I'd much prefer that they serve it at a water I can drink. I almost always burn my tongue, despite taking care to wait for it to cool. I can't imagine how much it would injure my hand if I spilled it.
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 02/24/2012 05:19 PM

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Cher777

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Coffee temperature seems to be a hot topic for debate. For all the coffee enthusiasts out there (I think I might be in that category), hot coffee is coveted. In fact, when the coffee is only somewhat hot, it is not nearly as enjoyable. Nonetheless, if the coffee spills, then negative consequences, such as the one you referenced, can take place. My heart truly goes out to that woman, she suffered quite a terrible ordeal. I guess I don't have a perfect solution. Maybe brew the coffee cooler and keep a microwave oven nearby for heating purposes?

I will always like hot coffee, but coffee is no reason to be scarred for life.
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 08/05/2010 02:05 PM

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cvwarner

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In 1994, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck received third-degree burns from McDonald’s coffee spilt over 16% of her body. She sued McDonald’s and received $3 million. The media colored the case in favor of McDonald’s, exposing her seemingly ridiculous complaint to the public. What you don’t know is that McDonald’s coffee is served at the 180-190 degrees Fahrenheit, undrinkable temperatures. McDonald’s itself has acknowledged this fact. When spilt, liquids at these temperatures result in third-degree burns within 2-7 seconds of contact. However, McDonald’s has no intention of adapting its practices to prevent further customer injuries. So it’s no surprise that over 10 years, 700 people have suffered burns like Liebeck’s from McDonald’s scalding coffee. The media also neglected to detail Liebeck’s painful recovery: 8 days of hospitalization, extensive whirlpool treatment, skin grafting, and scarring, disabling her for more than 2 years. Therefore, when Liebeck’s personal debilitation and medical expenses are considered, the money she was granted is hardly excessive. But Liebeck was not the first to sue McDonald’s; several other cases prior had exposed the risk of serving coffee at the undrinkable temperatures of 180-190 degrees Fahrenheit. Visit the following link for more information about this case: http://www.centerjd.org/archives/issues-facts/stories/MB_mcdonalds.php


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