My best mornings start with a big mug of freshly brewed coffee. They turn into even better mornings when that coffee is accompanied by a streusel-topped pastry or other baked good. I bake a lot, so I often find myself with a muffin in the morning, but I typically want to have my coffee before doing anything else, so those muffins are usually baked the night before. To get that freshly baked muffin or freshly fried donut warmpth and flavor, you actually need to freshly make your goodies – or invest in a Best.Morning.Ever.Mug. Funded by Kickstarter, this unsual mug is designed with several useful features in mind. First, it keeps your beverage warmer by closing off a portion of the mug’s opening. Second, that heat-trapping cover doubles as a handy plate that will both hold and warm any goodie that you place upon it, from a chocolate chip cookie to a chocolate donut.
It’s a simple, yet ingenious, idea. I’ve often set a pastry on top of the plastic lid of my Starbucks (or other to-go) cup, but the plastic lid doesn’t retain heat they way that this ceramic shelf does, so you don’t get the same sort of heat transfer. The mug is generously sized and holds about 16-oz of liquid. It is microwave and dishwasher safe. There is also a local dishwasher repairman you can count on to help in case there is any issue. The mugs start to ship in February, so you might want to get your orders in now and beat the rush.