Whether you take it black or prefer to add sugar and milk, there's no denying that Filipinos love coffee. Given its importance, frequent coffee drinkers should invest in a good quality coffee mug. Adults usually drink a cup in the morning to jump-start their day. It is also the go-to drink of college students pulling yet another all-nighter to turn in a paper.
In this article, we'll discuss the qualities to look for in a coffee mug. We've also compiled recommended products for a smoother mug shopping experience. If you stick around until the end, you'll find a chocolate chip mug cake recipe as well. It'll be perfect for your next coffee break!
Getting to know the various types of coffee mugs will help you make an informed decision. Read on to learn more about the factors to consider when choosing a mug.
Think about how much coffee you can consume in one sitting. Coffee tastes best while it is hot, so you must get the right size for a great coffee experience.
A regular-sized mug contains 8 to 12 ounces, while big ones can handle up to 24 to 36 ounces. One serving of coffee is typically 8 ounces. Therefore, a large mug can fit about 3 to 4 servings of your favorite drink.
Various materials are used to make a mug. Read on to see the one that will suit your lifestyle.
Tempered glass is more durable than regular or annealed glass. This type of glass undergoes a heat treatment process either by chemical tempering or going through a tempering oven followed by a cooling process called quenching.
Aside from being used in glassware, it is also used in vehicle windows and microwave ovens. Tempered glass mugs will work best for households with young members. The material is less prone to breakage, so it can potentially prevent injuries if a child accidentally knocks a mug over.
Borosilicate glass is made from boron dioxide and silica. It is a heat-resistant material. To be specific, it has a lower thermal expansion rate compared to ordinary glass, so it is less likely to break when exposed to heat. This is an excellent choice for people who prefer to reheat their drinks.
It is also known for its acid-resistance, which is why it is widely used in laboratory equipment. Lastly, borosilicate glass is BPA-free.
Melamine is a nitrogen-based compound used to create plastic dinnerware. This low-cost and sturdy material is dishwasher-safe but non-microwavable. Thus, melamine plates, mugs, and bowls are often found in Filipino households. This material will work best for people who want long-lasting affordable mugs.
Stainless steel is commonly used in travel mugs because it is a food-grade material. It can keep your coffee and tea warm for up to six hours. If you prefer iced coffee, it can also keep your drink's ice-cold temperature for a couple of hours. Thus, this is a great option for anyone who enjoys drinking coffee while on a trip.
Aside from preserving a beverage's temperature, stainless steel is also dent and scratch-resistant. This makes it perfect for hiking trips and office meetings alike. Its surface is easy to clean as well, so you would not have any problems at the end of the day.
Ceramic mugs are made from mixtures of clay, water, and powder. Once the desired shape is achieved, it is baked in a high heat oven or kiln. Mugs made from ceramic materials are durable and can handle the stress of daily use. Thus, it is an excellent option for those who prefer to use porcelain and stoneware products.
Its other qualities include being heatproof and chemically inert, which means that it is not reactive with other chemicals. This makes it safe for food and beverage consumption. If you want a sturdy and non-toxic mug, go for this one.
The usual mug does not come with a lid. Mugs without a lid are suitable for homes and cafes. There is no need for a lid because minimal travel is required. You just walk from the counter to the couch or your desk.
Meanwhile, those that have a lid are perfect for heading out of the house. Mugs with lids allow you to sip coffee at your work station and in the library. You can also bring coffee with you while on a road trip with friends. Go for a spill-proof lid to avoid damaging your belongings.
If you prefer a mug with no additional pigments, go for a transparent mug. On the other hand, if you want a colored or painted mug, make sure that the dyes are food-safe and non-toxic. For your safety, buy mugs from trusted brands.
Aside from the color, consider the shape as well. Some mugs feature indentations, raised bumps, or patterns as part of the decoration. While most mugs are round, there are square and hexagon-shaped mugs as well. Choosing a mug with an unusual shape is a great alternative for people who are not fond of bright colors.
Now that you know the variables to consider when buying a mug, it is time to pick one that will work best for you and your family. Check out this list to help you find the mug that suits your needs and fits your budget.
|Capacity||150 ml/15 cl/5 oz|
|Dimension||Cup: L 6 x W 6 x H 5.5 cm Saucer: L 12.8 x W 12.8 x H 1.1 cm|
|Good Points||Trusted Brand, Acid-Resistant|
|Good Points||for Both Hot and Cold|
|Good Points||Reliable Brand, Lots of Colors to Choose from, Spill-Proof, Vacuum Insulated, Double-Walled|
|Material||Stainless Steel (Interior), Plastic (Exterior)|
|Dimension||Mug: L 10 x W 7.7 x H 8.5 cm Saucer: L 13.9 x W 13.9 x H 2.3 cm|
|Good Points||Heavy-Duty, Can Adapt to Sudden Temperature Changes|
|Capacity||591 ml/20 oz|
|Dimension||L 4.80 x W 3.30 x H 8.90 in|
|Good Points||2 Colors: Green and Black, BPA-Free, Twin-Lock, Handle Ring, Double-Walled|
|Dishwasher-Friendly||Yes (Lid Only)|
|Good Points||Non-Toxic Dye, Food-Grade Material, Comes in Various Colors|
|Dimension||Cup: L 13.8 x W-13.8 x H 2 cm Saucer: L 13.8 x W 13.8 x H 2 cm|
|Good Points||Non-porous, Food-grade|
|Capacity||32 cl or 320 ml|
|Dimension||L 11 x W 8 x H 11 cm|
|Good Points||Trusted Brand, Can Handle Up to 135 C, Food-Grade Materials|
|Good Points||Reliable Brand, Budget-Friendly|
|Good Points||Lightweight, Long-Lasting, Can Handle Up to 120 Celsius, Material is FDA-Accredited|
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Espresso Cup Set
Bicolor Blue and Yellow Coffee Mug Set
Classic Vacuum Lock Mug
Colored Ceramic Mug and Saucer Set with a Rack
Octime Coffee Cup Set
Maritsa Green Mug
Clear Coffee Mug Set
Plain Black Coffee Mug
A Microwave Oven-Safe Set for Espresso Lovers
A Trusty Mug for your Favorite Strength Replenishing Drink
A Double-Walled Mug with Lots of Colorful Options
A Vibrantly Colored Mug Set that can Handle the Heat of the Oven
A Travel Mug Made from US FDA-Compliant Stainless Steel
Colorful Ceramic Mugs for Both Cold and Hot Drinks
A Tempered Glass Cup Set with a Fun Shape
A Heat-resistant Mug with an Elegant Style
A Shock-Resistant Mug Set that Comes at an Affordable Price
Durability Coupled with the Elegance of Black
|Price Starts at||₱799||₱499||₱565||₱1,399||₱1,399||₱450||₱799||₱249||₱358.5||₱44.75|
|Capacity||150 ml/15 cl/5 oz||16 oz||420 ml||22 cl||591 ml/20 oz||7 oz||22 cl||32 cl or 320 ml||25 cl||250 ml|
|Dimension||Cup: L 6 x W 6 x H 5.5 cm Saucer: L 12.8 x W 12.8 x H 1.1 cm||Unspecified||Unspecified||Mug: L 10 x W 7.7 x H 8.5 cm Saucer: L 13.9 x W 13.9 x H 2.3 cm||L 4.80 x W 3.30 x H 8.90 in||Unspecified||Cup: L 13.8 x W-13.8 x H 2 cm Saucer: L 13.8 x W 13.8 x H 2 cm||L 11 x W 8 x H 11 cm||Unspecified||Unspecified|
|Good Points||Trusted Brand, Acid-Resistant||for Both Hot and Cold||Reliable Brand, Lots of Colors to Choose from, Spill-Proof, Vacuum Insulated, Double-Walled||Heavy-Duty, Can Adapt to Sudden Temperature Changes||2 Colors: Green and Black, BPA-Free, Twin-Lock, Handle Ring, Double-Walled||Non-Toxic Dye, Food-Grade Material, Comes in Various Colors||Non-porous, Food-grade||Trusted Brand, Can Handle Up to 135 C, Food-Grade Materials||Reliable Brand, Budget-Friendly||Lightweight, Long-Lasting, Can Handle Up to 120 Celsius, Material is FDA-Accredited|
|Dishwasher-Friendly||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes (Lid Only)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Material||Borosilicate Glass||Ceramic (Stoneware)||Stainless Steel (Interior), Plastic (Exterior)||Tempered Glass||Stainless Steel||Ceramic (Stoneware)||Tempered Glass||Tempered Glass||Tempered Glass||Melamine (Plastic)|
Mugs are not just for drinking. It can also be used for baking homemade mini cakes. Chocolate chip fans will surely love this chocolate chip mug cake recipe from The Spruce Eats!
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Most Filipinos need at least one cup of coffee to awaken their senses every morning. As such, a reliable container for this precious drink is needed in every household.
For a rewarding coffee experience, an individual needs to carefully choose the right coffee mug. One needs to pay attention to the mug's size, material, lid, and design. With proper care, your chosen mug can last for a long time.
Author: Mara Joy Camunao
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