You cook soft-boiled eggs a few minutes less than hard-boiled ones so the yolk remains runny while the whites are cooked through just like with a hard-boiled egg. Typically, you cook the eggs by boiling them in a pan of water on top of the stove, but you can use a coffee maker instead. A coffee maker heats up water before it drips into the carafe, while a small hot plate under the carafe keeps the water hot enough to cook the egg. Although not always practical, this cooking method might come in handy in a hotel or dorm room.

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Bring the eggs up to room temperature so the shells don’t crack when hot water hits them.

Fill the coffee carafe with enough water to completely cover the eggs. Pour the water into the water reservoir at the back of the coffee maker.

Place the eggs in the bottom of the coffee carafe and set it in place on the hot plate.

Turn on the coffee maker so the water heats up, filters through the filter basket and fills up the carafe above the eggs.

Leave the carafe on the hot plate for 3 to 5 minutes to cook the eggs after the water finishes filling the carafe. Cook medium eggs for 3 minutes, large eggs for 4 minutes and extra-large eggs for 5 minutes.

Lift the eggs out of the carafe with a spoon after cooking for the desired time. Place the hot eggs in a bowl. Run cold water over the eggs to cool them down and stop the cooking process. Without this step, the eggs keep cooking and the yolks can become solid.


  • Exact cooking times can vary with different coffee makers, depending on how hot it heats the water. Experiment with different cooking times to find the optimal cooking time for your coffee maker.