What color is your coffee mug? If you’re anything like me, the answer to that question is the color of ‘whatever mug my hand finds first in the cupboard’. I don’t pay that much attention to the color of my mugs – but I probably should and you should, too. A new study shows that the color of your coffee mug can influence the flavor of your coffee. The study, published in the journal Flavour, found that white cups make people perceive cafe lattes as being more strongly coffee flavored – e.g. more bitter and generally more intense - than lattes served in other mugs. A second experiment evaluated the shapes of mugs and whether that would have an impact on the perceived intensity of coffee, but that showed that color mattered more than shape. Coffee served in white cups – no matter the size or shape – was consistently perceived as being less sweet than coffee served in clear or blue mugs. Researchers theorize that it is the color contrast between a white mug and dark coffee (or even a darker-than-white latte) is what impacts the perceived intensity of the coffee.
In other words, you might not want to reach for the white mug when you pour your next cup because, like it or not, you might believe that it tastes better when you sip it from a cup of a different color.
When you’re a kid, people will tell you not to play with your food. As an adult, I say that food can be a heck of a lot of fun to play with sometimes. This is particularly true of certain types of foods, like marshmallows. This Mug With A Hoop ended up on my Christmas list the moment I saw it. I’m not a big basketball fan, but I am a huge marshmallow fan and it is designed to really let you have some fun with your hot cocoa. The mug is shaped like half a basketball and the handle ends in basketball hoop that hangs over the rim of the mug that is the perfect size for flipping mini marshmallows through. You can dunk or go for distance shots, it will all taste delicious in the end. If you’re not in the mood for marshmallows, you can enjoy soup and oyster crackers or even cereal in your mug, too.
Some days, you just need an extra shot. This might mean an extra shot of espresso, turning your coffee into a red eye for an extra boost of caffeine. This might also mean an extra shot of whiskey or your other favorite booze, turning your coffee into a nightcap. Either way, this Extra Shot Coffee Mug has you covered. The mug is accessorized with a stainless steel shot glass and a leatherette belt that holds it in place. The flask definitely isn’t a standard size, but it is big enough to get the job done – or, at least, make you look like you prefer your coffee with a kick! If you don’t want to (or aren’t allowed to) drink at work, you can fill your flask with a shot of cream or creamer to take back to your desk and add in when needed. The belt slides right off when you’re ready to wash your cup, although you can wipe it down as needed in case you get any drips on it. The flask should be rinsed by hand, mostly because its small size makes it less-than-ideal for running through the dishwasher.
Mason jars have been growing in popularity over the past few years to the point where there are almost ubiquitous. I’ve had everything from cake to cocktails in mason jars, but I have never had coffee in a mason jar before. Mason jars are great for containing many things, but their metal lids and lack of a handle that will put your hand at a safe distance from a hot liquid make them less-than-ideal for carrying hot coffee. That said, times – and mugs – are changing and now we can all enjoy our coffee and other hot beverages in a Mason Jar Coffee Mug! The glass mug has a handle that makes it safe to use, no matter how extra-hot your like your lattes, and easy to carry around. It holds 14-ounces of liquid. It has a two-part glass and plastic lid that can be screwed on to the top for easy sipping, and the entire thing is dishwasher safe. You can, of course, use this mug for cold beverages, as well as hot drinks, but you probably already have a few regular mason jars laying around and might want to reserve this one for just the hot ones.