A good mug has a solid build, a great handle and is full of hot coffee. A great mug combines those features with an interesting or fun design and this Coffee Chart Mug checks all those boxes. The mug is designed with a flow chart of sorts, with grahipcs that designed to give you a crash course in coffee drinks. It is geared toward the coffee enthusiast and features almost every coffee-brewing method imaginable along the top edge of the mug, and all the staple coffee drinks you might want to make on the bottom, with handy ratios that will help ensure your drinks turn out perfectly every time. This means that you can mix and match your brewing methods with the types of drinks you want to make very easily, and have a few choices that will allow you to branch out from your usual staples without much additional effort.
On the technical side of things, this mug is huge. It has an 18-ounce capacity that will hold enough coffee for even the most serious coffee addict – yes, they’re talking to me – even if not every drink you serve fills it to the brim.
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.