Coffee: Choosing the Mug that Won’t Degrade This Bittersweet Symphony

If it weren’t for coffee you wouldn’t be reading this. Firstly because your brain would be still asleep and you would have hated the very existence of the universe and secondly, because I wouldn’t have written it without a cup of strong black coffee.

Coffee is the driving force of humanity. Without coffee I think we would still be stuck in the dark ages and I’m not even exaggerating. Many genius minds have turned coffee into great inventions, including better ways to prepare and serve coffee. J.S. Bach even wrote a mini opera about coffee.

Drinking coffee is really a ritual. When you drink it alone you can reflect on life and focus your thoughts, while enjoying a cup of coffee with company is a great way to bond and engage in a relaxed conversation.

But, one of the major factors in the coffee drinking experience is the container itself. You certainly wouldn’t drink hot coffee out of a crystal wine glass, unless you are some kind of royalty living in a 16th century chateau and even then, I really doubt it. Drinking coffee out of your own favourite mug can make your daily ritual a truly enjoyable experience. Choosing the perfect mug is a matter of personal preference. Whether you choose it for the material, the shape, the size, the colour or artwork on it, what’s important is that it feels right in your hand and the very sight of hot steaming coffee in your cup should be candy for your eyes.

However, here are some of the things you might want to have in mind when you decide to buy coffee mugs online.

As far as the size is concerned, it greatly depends on how much coffee you drink and what type of coffee. The standard size mugs usually hold around 300ml of coffee, but there are some that can hold up to half a liter for true coffee addicts. And as I mentioned before, there are different mug sizes for cappuccino, espresso, late, filter, you name it. And, of course, the same goes for the shape of the mug.

The material of the mug, on the other hand, has a slightly bigger impact on the taste and temperature of the coffee. Paper and plastic are probably the worst option. They often give the coffee a funny taste and some may even contain toxic substances. Also, plastic and paper cups don’t retain heat very well and your coffee gets cold really fast. Overall, unless you don’t have a choice, try to avoid plastic and paper mugs. Metal mugs are durable and they are a good choice for traveling or camping but they are not very suitable for hot beverages. Probably your best choice would be ceramics. There is a reason why this materials has been around for thousands of years and it is still used today. They are best at retaining heat and they come in many different designs. The only downside is that they are bound to home or office use since they don’t usually come with a lid.

Again, when you buy coffee mugs online, make sure that it feels comfortable in your hand and makes a statement about your character.

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