When I was a kid, I had a great Cheshire Cat mug that changed color when you poured hot liquid into it. More specifically, everything but the cat’s big grin disappeared when it was full. At the time, my drink of choice was hot chocolate. I wouldn’t turn down hot chocolate today, but a mocha would probably be more my style. I still have a soft spot for those color changing mugs, though, and this Tank Up Coffee Mug. The mug has a fuel gauge printed on the side that turns bright red as you fill up the cup. The gauge will only go up halfway for a half-full mug, but let’s face it: with coffee, as with gasoline, it’s better to fill that tank up when you have the chance!
When you work in food service of any kind – bartender, server, barista, host, cook, etc. – you tend to stereotype. It’s faster that way. While generalizations might not work from restaurant to restaurant, a server can become pretty accurate when they apply those stereotypes to the customers at their store. This can obviously be a good thing or a bad thing. It can also be a funny thing. One Starbucks barista came up with a list of stereotypes (click above to enlarge) of Starbucks customers based on her experiences. You may find yourself on it, you may not… but if you spend enough time in coffee shops you may notice that some of these happen more than you’d think!
I can’t resist cross posting The Camera Lens Mug here at Brewed Daily. I originally posted about it at Baking Bites because I love the way it combines food and photography. I’m tempted to try out a homemade version of the concept with an old lens of my own, but really I’d be a lot better off just buying one!