Finding the Perfect Travel Mug!

January 03, 2012

Awhile ago, I posted a question here on Roaste about finding a suitable mug for the purpose of holding brewed coffee while travelling. I'm glad to report that I have obtained a mug that seem to work pretty well recently during a Chrismas shopping at Marshal Field's. While waiting at the checkout aisle, I notice that they are selling some coffee cups and also have on display these travelling mugs with various colors and patterns; and the price was right too, at only $5 as oppose to the usual price of $10 or much more expensive for the Starbucks branded one.

The specification on this one is as the follow: double-walled insulated ceramic, spill proof silicone lid, microwavable (this is important because this is how I get hot water at my school), dishwasherable. I also like that it comes in many color and pattern for you to chose from. With regard to the silicone lid, I did a sniff test and could smell the silicone but I hope this will not be a problem because I will not be drinking with the lid on anyway; the silicone lid will be there just to prevent spillage only. Hopefully, with this mug, I will be able to bring coffee for th car ride to my school because it can finally fit into my cup-holder. 

I did a test with regard to the ability of the double wall to insulate the coffee inside. When hot coffee is added, the outside wall get warm but never as warm as a regular mug. I'm guessing the insulating feature of this cup is not that good but again, I want to drink my coffee relatively fast after it be made to savour all the aroma so the insulating feature is not absolutely nescessary.

With regard to the durability, I would need to use it more to know. However it seem like the ceramic is thick enough becuause the mug feel really solid in my hand. I also like that it has rubber feet on the bottom of the cup to prevent slippage when place on a table. Overall, I really like this mug and hope that it will hold up for a long time! 



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