Have Caffeine, Will Travel: Searching For The Perfect Coffee Travel Mug

I like my coffee. And recently set out to improve my portable consumption experience by finding a better travel mug. My two primary motivations are (a) moving away from disposable cups and (b) preserving/improving the drinking experience versus paper. Secondary considerations -> aesthetics, ease to clean and price.

Non-goals: insulation (I don’t need my coffee to stay hot for hours) and durability (in the sense that I’m not looking for something that will survive a 10 ft drop, or needs to go into a backpack while biking). I also have a bias towards glass or ceramic, believing plastic or metal muddles the taste.

Here’s the three I’m currently enjoying. If you’ve ones you love, tweet them to me please!

Ello Jane 18oz Ceramic

The largest of my three and also the heaviest. Base barely fits into car cupholder — which is a negative — but it’s very comfortable in the hand and top feels secure + easy to remove/insert. Dishwasher safe.

JOCO 12oz Glass

Love the design (they also come with just a solid band). Glass doesn’t get too hot. So far I’ve got mixed feelings about the top — it’s easy to put on/off, but doesn’t necessarily feel secure (although I haven’t had any spills). There’s also a slight silicone aroma first few uses, but perhaps will go away. Dishwasher safe.

KeepCup 12oz

Probably my favorite so far in terms of drinking experience (also comes in 18oz size). The one bummer is that it’s a hand-wash only due to the cork.

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You’ll find me @homebrew , Seed Stage Venture Fund w @satyap . Previously made products at YouTube, Google & SecondLife. Married to @cbarlerin .

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