Unless you’re intentionally making an iced coffee, cold coffee is, well, actually rather disgusting. This, of course, has plenty to do with the fact that it is, more likely than not, also quite stale, but there’s just something about unintentionally cold coffee that makes even the most casual of coffee drinkers’ skin crawl. You can always keep it in the pot for a while, but this also doesn’t necessarily prevent it from going stale over the course of a few hours. Luckily, serving coffee out of an insulated coffee server effectively nips this problem in the bud, so to speak. It also “serves” (no pun intended) as a way to offer your guests coffee in a far less rudimentary manner — aka, not straight out of the pot. A coffee server can come in a number of different ways — an insulated carafe of sorts, a travel-friendly device, or even a large dispenser for events, get-togethers, etc. Here, we’ll take a look at all three, so you won’t ever find yourself ill-prepared for any sort of caffeine-centric get-together. So without further ado, let’s look at some of the best coffee servers to keep your home-brewed java fresh for the long haul.

Best Coffee Carafe

If you’re looking for a traditional insulated carafe that’s capable of holding a sizable amount of coffee, this 68 Oz Stainless Steel Thermal Coffee Carafe by Cresimo is an excellent choice. Really, if that’s all you’re looking for, it’s the only choice. Made with high-quality stainless steel, this carafe utilizes vacuum insulation technology to lock in temperature and better preserve flavor and freshness. It can keep hot beverages hot for up to 12 hours and cold beverages cold for up to 24. The device also contains an easy-to-reach push button to open the pour spout, allowing you to effectively serve coffee with one hand. And from a convenience standpoint, you’re not going to get much better than this. The Cresimo’s mouth opening is sizable enough to make both filling and cleaning it easy and hassle-free. Plus, it even comes with a worry-free, one-year guarantee, essentially making this purchase a complete no-brainer. Not that there was much risk involved in the first place…

Best Self-Serve Coffee Dispenser for Events

Now you might want to opt for something a bit larger when it comes to events — whether it’s a work-related function, birthday party, or even just a brunch you’re hosting amongst friends. In this case, the Hamilton Beach 45 Cup Coffee Urn and Hot Beverage Dispenser will do the trick. This device can actually brew the coffee too, but unlike some of the other urns out there, it’s super fast — it takes about a minute to brew per cup. It can hold up to 45 cups of coffee, but you can make as little as 15 if you wish. It’s pretty great for any buffet-style meal/luncheon. From a serving standpoint, the dispenser can be used for either single cup or continuous filling, allowing you and your guests to pretty much dictate how much they want. It’s also super easy to fill (there are water level markings that tell you exactly how much water to add) and it even comes with a convenient indicator light to let you know when your coffee is ready. So, yeah, it’s pretty great for all parties involved here.

Best Travel Coffee Server

For something a bit more road-friendly — vacations, work-related travel, camping, etc — the Vremi 51 oz Coffee Carafe is actually a great portable iteration of the classic coffee carafe. This one is a little smaller than the Cresimo coffee carafe, as it can hold up to 51 ounces of java as opposed to 68. However, that’s still good for a little more than six cups. This carafe is designed to be used on-the-go, as it features a wide mouth sealed lid, which makes it easy to throw in a book bag or suitcase. It’s also made out of high-quality stainless steel with ultra-durable, double-wall construction, making it strong enough to bring virtually anywhere, as well as providing you with advanced heat retention to keep your coffee hot up to six hours. It might not be the biggest server out there, but for any activity where you’re traveling around, it’s essentially a luxury, to say the least.