Find your perfect mug
Coffee lovers today are treated to an enormous selection of mugs to choose from. There are so many different materials, colors and styles used to make coffee mugs that it can be difficult to decide where to start.
Coffee Mug Materials
Porcelain is an ideal container for a hot beverage. Not only is it an excellent insulator but it can also easily be used to make personalized coffee mugs. There are a slew of companies that will print photographs, customized logos and more onto a plain coffee mug for a reasonable price. The disadvantages of porcelain are that they are breakable and in general aren’t great when traveling.
Stainless steel coffee mugs have become very popular for their durability and their tendency to come with lids, which is very handy for commuting. Stainless steel is typically lined with plastic and the plastic lids help hold in the heat. Some people are sensitive to plastic and are bothered by the taste and smell when drinking hot beverages from a plastic-lined container, but this isn’t usually a problem.
Glass coffee mugs are attractive and can be made in many different colors and even unique molded textures. Glass, however, does not function as well as insulated coffee mugs and is, of course, vulnerable to breakage.
Coffee Mug Styles
The coffee thermos has been around for a long time and is popular among commuters and campers. Thermoses are versatile, well insulated, spill-proof and come in an array of colors and styles. They function very well as travel coffee mugs since they typically feature a spout you can easily drink from.
Not only should you evaluate what a coffee mug is made out of, you should also consider the size and shape. Does the handle feel comfortable in your grip? Does the base of the mug fit into the cup holder in your vehicle? How much coffee do you typically drink at one time? If you tend to be a heavy coffee drinker, you may want to invest in a larger mug that can accommodate up to 20 ounces of coffee or more, as opposed to the typical 12-ounce regular size mug.
Check out places you wouldn’t normally look for that perfect travel coffee mug – camping stores are wonderful sources of interesting and hard-to-find mug styles, ideal for the coffee addict on the go.
If you are a mug collector, you will want to keep your eyes peeled when you go out of town or to an amusement destination. Virtually every gift shop and tourist spot has available novelty coffee mugs printed with designs intended to help you remember your trip. You can also order unique and fantastically decorated mugs online.
No matter your coffee mug preferences and needs, there is a dizzying number of available options, colors, styles and materials to meet even the most discriminating coffee lover’s desires. Look for mugs that will complement your existing kitchen design - every little feature can add up and make your dream kitchen a reality