You might not have considered all the varied different types of coffee mugs offered, but there is a lot to contemplate. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of seeing all the cheap plastic travel mugs people buy. They do not function suitably and many of them can make your coffee taste dreadful! This guide is to help you make a judicious decision and not throw your money away. There are loads of cut-rate mugs out there. If you simply purchase the first thing mug you find on the shelf from a local grocery market you will more than likely not be pleased. Take the time to locate the ideal travel mug, and you may have a friend for life.
This guide is written to give a brief outline of the things to consider when shopping for a Coffee mug.
What is your reason for wanting to purchase a travel mug? Will you be lugging it around on a construction work site, or traveling in your car? Where and when you use a travel coffee mug is the first consideration to make before shopping for the coffee travel mug of your dreams.
As the name suggests, a travel mug is normally used on the go. If you will be drinking coffee in your vehicle then you must mull over your cup holder. Cup holders are the disgrace of many an automobile. Some can hold anything you throw at them, while others can only take a 12 oz beverage can. Make sure your cup holder can accommodate whatever mug you choose, especially if it has a handle. Personally I like to a have a handle on my travel mug. So much so that I would probably retro my vehicle to have room for my mug instead of the other way around. There are some travel mugs that have one piece handles that fasten to the top of the mug only, permitting the bottom to fit firmly in your vehicle’s cup holder. In all honesty I probably wouldn’t retrofit my car just to accommodate my travel mug. Instead, I would go for a well insulated travel mug that will fit my cup holder.
At this moment you may want to think about how much coffee you will be drinking between refills. Do you need a large 20 oz mug, or will a 12 oz travel mug suffice? Just remember that the more the heavier.
Think heat! Is hot coffee your cup of tea? The slower you sip your coffee, the more insulated of a travel mug you’ll require. The less surface area a mug has the better job insulation can perform. So a short insulated travel mug is generally going to maintain coffee warm longer than a tall slim mug. The problem with a squatty mug is it may not fit in your car’s cup holder.
Construction anyone? Can you get by with a plastic mug, or do you require the elegant ruggedness of stainless steel and ceramics? Myself, I prefer ceramic and stainless steel travel coffee mugs with a plastic lid. Double insulated stainless steel and ceramic travel mugs that are stainless on the inside and ceramic on the outside are very nice. Combining ceramics and steel is awesome! They are exceptionally tough and nice-looking. If you purchase a high quality stainless steel and ceramic mug it can last you for years.
Now let’s consider the lid. If you will be using your travel coffee mug in your vehicle you will want a lid with a slip slider, or other means to keep hot coffee from splashing out and onto your lap. Some mugs have loose sliders or cheap closures. Those type will leak coffee like a sieve. Stick with a firm fitting slip slider, or some other safe closure.
Certainly check out how the lid fits in the travel mug. The most customary way that travel mug lids secure to the mug is a plastic insert with rubber gaskets. The gaskets help hold the lid on and thwart coffee from splashing out. If you drop your mug, one of these types of lids may come off. The least likely to come off lids are screw on. They still call for some sort of gasket to thwart leaks, but the lid itself will stay put. You may have to do some intense shopping around to find a stainless steel mug with a screw on lid, but they are out there.
Now that you’ve found your dream coffee mug, take good care of it. Never ever wash your travel coffee mug in a dishwasher. Use the old elbow grease and clean that mug by hand, and don’t immerse it in water. A double walled mug is frequently sealed at the top by a metal or plastic ring glued on. It might not be entirely sealed and water can get caught between the two walls.