Coffee mugs. Really, why is it so hard to make a decent coffee mug? All I want is a clean looking simple design that has a handle firmly attached, and a nice quality thermal construction. Well, I’m an engineer, an unemployed one at that so I’ve come up with an idea to get my ideal “dream mug”, if you will.
What I want is simple. I just need a simple cylindrical design, properly insulated, and built with no seams or edges where water can collect. Ideally, it would be a double walled vacuum sealed stainless steel mug with a welded handle.
Simple, no place for water to collect, and the welded seam where the handle meets the body is stronger than the metal on the body. Vacuum sealing is important, it isn’t properly done on modern coffee mugs because the process is probably too expensive or labor intensive. Whatever, put a fitting on the bottom so I can
properly vacuum out the mug myself.
For the years I was in college [ERAU] I was using a mug I picked up at a Star Trek convention while in high school. It was a simple mug with a neat ring stamped on it that said “FEDERATION OF PLANETS”. It made me feel special, though while washing it I dropped it in the sink and the handle broke off. @)$%)! well it still works, it just doesn’t have a handle anymore. Also, the holes in the double wall where the handles go, are, well holes. Every time I wash the mug a little water gets in between the double walls and makes a neat sloshing sound. Also, I can never quite get all the water back out. Ugh, besides being unhygienic, it’s also an eyesore. I tried to epoxy it back on, but it didn’t survive another trip though the dishwasher. Fine, I give up.
After graduating, I moved back in with my parents while applying left and right for a job. I raided the cabinets and found a neat stainless Eddie-Bauer mug with a dull red finish. That served me well for about a month. After another trip through the dishwasher, the paint was flaking off, leaving me with a half-molted mug that kind of looks a bit like two-face. I’ve had it with cheap mugs, so last night I went on a little escapade with the internet to find a replacement that will last. So I go where anyone goes when they need advice, IRC. No? Okay, maybe just me.
atom001: Hey @earlmred I need a nice mug because I’m tired of replacing mine every few months
Mr. Earlmred then goes on to recommend me a few nice titanium mugs, but they’re all camping mugs that are paper thing, expensive, and use a coathanger for a handle. Hmm, time to look elsewhere.
Google searching for “nice stainless steel mug” brought me to this link where I found a beautiful stainless steel mug. Okay, its not vacuum sealed, nor is the handle welded on, but its the closest I could find to an ideal solution. It looks nice to boot. I like that simple cylindrical look.
Amazon sells it for $25 here, but the reviews are kind of worrying. There are reports of the handle breaking off, that its too small, or that it feels cheap. Well, its better than anything I have right now, at least the results on Single Serve Coffee are positive.
Other glasses on that site caught my eye, especially the Bodum glass mugs here. They also feature a simple elegant design, but the most unique feature is their double wall insulating construction. Its a double walled insulated glass! As much as I like it, there are tons of reviews saying they arrived broken. I wish there was a local retailer that I could buy them at.