How much would it frustrate you if someone comes up to you the moment you wake up and starts chewing your ear off with everyday nonsense, that too before you’ve had your morning fill of coffee?
Frustrating is the word that will aptly describe your emotions. If you’re packed in a room with a million people you will not find even one person who starts their day without sipping a hot cup of refreshing coffee or tea.
These beverages have the quality of shaking you right out of deep slumber and getting you ready to face the day. It is extremely difficult to imagine going through those boring and seemingly endless meetings without a cup of hot coffee in your hand. What about that golden hour at twilight when you decide to make your best heartwarming cup of tea. The peace and tranquility you experience when the beverage gets into your system and begins to calm your nerves is otherworldly.
Doesn’t coffee hit differently when you have it in your special mug or the mug someone special gave you as a gift? Not only is having a hot beverage early in the morning an important thing for a large section of the population but it is also important for most people to have it in the mug they love. Haven’t you ever seen your mom get cranky when she was unable to find that beautiful old mug your daddy gave her on their wedding anniversary with both their pictures printed on it? Doesn’t she insist that she will always have coffee or tea in that mug and that mug only?
We are sure all of you don’t have the exact same narrative, but you do know what we’re getting at. Every person is attached to their coffee mug because this special piece of crockery speaks to everyone in some way or the other. Let’s get to know more about these awesome coffee mugs which brighten up your morning and help you get ready to face the world every day.
Coffee mugs have been in existence for many many years. Did you know that the earliest ancestors of today’s coffee mugs or cups were made using materials like wood or bone and they did not have any handles which only made it difficult for people to hold them with hot drinks?! However, after the discovery of metals all the drinkware was made using metals of different kinds like bronze, lead and even gold! There were however huge drawbacks in the mugs made using these materials as they used to get super hot and would sometimes burn the person using them. They also led to lead poisoning. Then came ceramics. Ceramic mugs were made using clay and heating it to really high temperatures to make them sturdy. After the discovery of pottery wheels, mugs were made using these machines and some potters even added their signature style to these mugs to make them look unique and attractive.
After this invention there were a ton of experiments which created a number of types of coffee mugs and jugs which were popularized throughout the world since everyone loved having tea or coffee. There were very interesting inventions in the field of mugs like puzzle mugs; imagine having a drinking mug that has various holes and has a whole plumbing system! There were a lot of improvements in the basic design of coffee mugs and that made things interesting. Nowadays you also get mugs that have a self stirring mechanism. Yes! That’s right! These mugs come with a small button usually on the handle which when pressed triggers the stirring mechanism of the mug. The drink is stirred automatically without dipping a spoon in it. With these mugs you can stir your drink without moving your mug in that awkward swirl and spilling half of it.
Now that we’ve got you interested in the history of mugs, let’s dive deep into the different types of coffee mugs available right now for specific reasons which you can choose based on your taste and style
- Smart mug- These coffee mugs come built-in with such technology that keeps your coffee or tea at just the right sippable temperature. You can even control the temperature using an app through your phone. Who would’ve thought a decade ago that we’d be controlling the temperature of our coffees using our mobile phones?!
- Clear coffee mug- These classy clear glass mugs will always have something very elegant about them. Choose these mugs if you like to admire the beautiful layers and color of your coffee while you sip it.
- Ceramic handmade coffee mug – These coffee mugs have a rustic vibe to them as they are handmade and have a few minor nicks and dings. These mugs are especially designed by artists and have unique and personalized designs. If you have a knack for good artwork, buy these mugs as a gift for your folks and they will be thrilled to have your gift of beautiful and artsy coffee mugs.
- Collapsible silicone coffee mug – These are the modern age coffee mugs which collapse to a mere 2 inches when folded down. They are loved by people who like to travel light and yet love a cup of coffee every morning. Buy these at cheap prices and take them with you wherever you go.
- Stainless steel coffee mug- These mugs are the most popular as they keep your beverage hot or cold for a long time. These mugs come at an expensive price but they also come with some cool attachments like lids or small spoons to stir.
- Terracotta coffee mug – These old school mugs will give you the feel of being on a vacation every time you use them to have your regular morning coffee. These mugs are elegant; will keep your beverage at the perfect sippable temperature for a long time and are economically and environmentally very good.
- Customized coffee mug- These are one of the most popular mugs right now and they are the first choice of gift for any occasion. You can get just about anything printed on mugs and gift them. You can get a family picture printed on them or just your favorite quote printed and have your morning cup with a pinch of motivation every morning.
- Demitasse/ Espresso mugs- These cups are popular among espresso lovers. They are tiny shot cups for having espresso. They do not have a lot of capacity so they are suited specifically for having shots of espresso. The little bigger espresso cups also come with little saucers.
Apart from being extremely reasonably priced coffee mugs also add a personal touch to the gesture of gifting as they are literally a hug in the form of a mug. Following are the reasons why you should be gifting a coffee mug to everyone on every occasion:
- Used by everyone- Fist of, coffee mugs are used by every single person. The mornings are incomplete without a hot cup of joe. While buying a coffee mug for your buddies you won’t have to constantly wonder whether it will be a useful gift for them. They will most certainly use it every day and every time they sip coffee from it they will think of you and your sweet gift.
- Reasonably priced- If you are on a tight budget and yet have a close friend’s birthday coming up, giving them a personalized coffee mug will be an excellent choice as it will show you care but will also not break your bank.
- Personal touch- A coffee mug is already a very personal gift and yet if you want to add a little more love and personality to it, you can get it customized for the person you are gifting it to. They will be more than flattered to receive this gift to which you obviously gave such a lot of thought.
Coffee mugs are versatile and an evergreen piece of drink and dinnerware. With every passing year there are more and more features being added to the simple coffee mug and making it even more desirable.
Check the following list of the best coffee mugs you can buy as gift for your valentine, your parents, your friends or even acquaintances
These Espresso coffee mugs are made from borosilicate glass. The material of the mug is extremely sturdy and that is why they are less likely to crack and are more resistant to temperature changes than regular types of glass. It also prevents condensation on the outer surface when drinking a cold beverage
These mugs come in a set of two and the capacity is 5.4 oz. Since it is double walled it can resist high temperature and helps the drink hold the temperature for a long time
These ultra-light espresso mugs are the perfect mugs. They are double-wall thermo mugs that are durable and stylish and can be used as cappuccino cups, lungo cups, macchiato, latte, demitasse cups, etc.
These mugs don’t just look pretty but their quality is also great. The glass looks absolutely stunning and keeps all the watermarks away, making the mugs appear pristine. Customers who always start their mornings with a cup of espresso love these mugs. They are small and don’t hold a lot, but just enough for a refreshing fill of espresso. They’re extremely lightweight in spite of being double-walled.
Customers like that these mugs are double insulated, so the coffee on the inside remains hot, but the outside of the mug stays cool to the touch. You can heat your coffee in them in the microwave and the most amazing thing is that the coffee gets hot but the outer wall of the mug stays cold which makes it comfortable to hold.
According to most customers this set of two mugs is perfect to own if you are an espresso person. Customers called these mugs “Winner” in their books and it isafe to say that everyone looking for espresso mugs must buy these.
The mug is pretty big for the price. It has the capacity of 14 oz and is perfect for coffee and other camp hot or cold beverages
This mug is an outdoor coffee mug and is designed to last in rough conditions. It is extremely sturdy and can be used when you’re out camping. It has the style of the basic coffee mug and so it can also be used for daily purposes too.
Since this coffee mug is heavy duty and super sturdy, customers bought these for their children. Most of them were happy that they did because this mug is practically unbreakable. It is also resistant to extremely high and cold temperatures since it is made keeping in mind the outdoor situation.
Some customers complained that the edge of the mug is rough and is not safe to be used by children or the elderly as their delicate skin might get cut on the corners of their mouths. Customers were very happy with the design of the mug. The handle makes it very easy to be held even when the mug is filled all the way up to the brim. It is very lightweight too which makes it perfect to be used by anyone.
Although this product received mostly positive reviews and is recommended by its customers, the reviews of some customers said that these must not be given to toddlers and the elderly since they have soft delicate skin which the rough edge of the mug might hurt.
These fancy tea cups are made of bone china porcelain. The saucers also have the same design and are made using the same material. It is a set of 6 cups and saucers which have an elegant print and a gold trim.
The cups have a 12 oz capacity and hold up pretty well in high temperatures. These are perfect for hot tea or coffee.
These floral coffee mugs are the sheer definition of elegance. They are designed in a vintage style, perfect for tea parties or perfect for gifting too. Each mug and saucer has a gold trim around the base and rim and handle which makes them look nothing short of luxury items.
Customers love these graceful tea cups. They are the perfect size and they work beautifully, look sophisticated and pretty, but are solid and sturdy. There were a few customers who complained that the handles on these mugs are fragile and tend to break before anything happens to the mug.
The mug itself is pretty sturdy but the handle is flimsy and tends to break off with continuous usage. Most customers were pleased with this set of cups and saucers. The material is great and makes the mugs look expensive and classy. Some customers were also happy about the colors not fading even after several washes.
According to most customers these mugs are extremely pretty and will add a ton of beauty to your home should you set these up in your glass cabinet. These are also perfect to be used to have your morning coffee as the capacity is apt and they are lightweight too.
This set of 6 fun and vibrant coffee mugs is made of sturdy stoneware. The finish is matte which makes them look very pretty and aesthetic. Store these in your crockery display and watch them enhance the beauty of your kitchen. The material is sturdy and the mugs are microwave and dishwasher safe
The mugs have a capacity of 17 oz and one full mug holds the perfect quantity of the beverage of your choice.
These mugs might look like basic coffee mugs but they are much more than that. They are available in 9 cheerful colors and have a ribbed design for added elegance.
Customers say that these are gorgeous. If you are into minimalist style, these mugs are for you. The style and the durability of this set of mugs was admired by customers. The design of the handle is perfect for holding using all 4 of your fingers. Although the listing says that the mugs have a the capacity of 17 oz but customers recommend not going beyond 15 oz as it might become a little too heavy and cause spills.
Some customers complained that after having these mugs for just 3-4 weeks, they noticed most of them had chipped in several places even after they were very well taken care of and were washed by hand. All the colors are very pretty and look exactly like pictures. Customers were happy that they got exactly what they ordered.
According to most customers, if you are looking for a large sturdy coffee mug you should just blindly go ahead and buy these. Some users complained about the chipping and the handle but at this price the mugs totally deserve a shot. Buy them and find out for yourself how good they are.
This sturdy outdoor coffee mug is made of food-grade stainless steel. The metal is durable and rust-proof. It also comes with a lid which is easy to clean and is BPA free with silicone rubber gasket. The mug is dishwasher safe and shatter proof.
These mugs are specifically designed keeping in mind outdoor usage. The handle is a full loop that comfortably fits your hands and makes it easy for your fingers to grab it for a long time. The mug is coated with a durable powder coating which provides a firm grip.
These vibrant colored insulated coffee mugs are perfect for you if you like to drink coffee or tea and keep it hot for a long time. Customers liked the design of the mug, however, some felt that the handle of the mug is too weirdly designed and thin to hold easily. Customers said that there’s always some left behind but it does keep your coffee hot longer than most other mugs.
Outdoor mugs and insulated mugs don’t usually come with a lot of choices for colors but these mugs are available in bright and beautiful colors for everyone. The lid is airtight and keeps the contents of the mug inside but some customers complained that they had some leakage in their mugs. To avoid leakage, do not fill the mug all the way up to the brim.
According to most customers this insulated coffee mug does what it is supposed to do. It is pretty sturdy and will last for a long time. The lid is also perfect which keeps your coffee hot for hours. Buy this mug today if you want hot coffee in your mug for a long time.
These gorgeous coffee mugs are made of sturdy stoneware ceramic. The mugs are deliberately irregularly shaped to make them look more aesthetic. They are hand-painted and the handles are painted in gold color to give it that chic edge.
These mugs when filled up to the brim can hold 12 oz of your favorite beverage. The handles are pretty easy to hold but it is still recommended not to fill them all the way.
These mugs are absolutely the best when it comes to looks. The hand painting makes them look chic and rustic. The gold handle adds a ton of elegance to the entire look of the mug. It has a wide mouth so drinks might get cold faster in these mugs but they look flattering.
These cups were especially loved by the ladies on account of their pleasing appearance and stunning pattern. These are unique as they look completely handmade. The handmade characteristic feature has made these mugs the talk of the town. Customers love the hand painted and the gold painted handle. The only complaint customers had about this mug was about the size.
Some customers felt that the size of the mug should have been larger as it holds only 10 oz of beverage. If you’re a huge fan of tea or coffee you’d certainly want to drink more than that but you can always refill your cup. For most customers the capacity was not an issue because their general fill of beverage is 10 oz.
According to most customers these mugs are worth everyone’s money. If you’re looking for a large mug set and are willing to give up on an elegant and gorgeous set of mugs then you might want to look elsewhere, if not then these are totally made for you.
This sturdy yet classy set of two coffee mugs is made of extremely thick and strong ceramic for extreme durability. The finish is matte and the design is such that it keeps your beverage hot for a long time. They are safe to be used in microwaves and can be washed in the dishwasher.
These mugs are pretty large and suitable for everyone who likes to drink a whole lot of tea or coffee in one go. They can hold 14.88 oz of beverage without spilling.
These are designed to be perfect for coffee, tea, milk, hot cocoa, soup and more. They are basic restaurant style coffee mugs which are sturdy. The C handle design makes it easy to be held. It has a frosted texture for a pretty look.
Customers said that these mugs are their go-to mugs for every little thing. Since these do not have any pattern on them and have a frosted finish they can be used for multiple art projects and can be gifted to minimalist people also. Customers loved these mugs for the sturdiness but they were not huge fans of the design.
Some felt that the handle was a little too small for the size of the mug and hence makes the mug look awkward. The walls of the mug get too hot when you pour hot beverages in them. The large capacity and nice color were some of the features people loved. Some complained that the finish of the mug is too fragile and is prone to scratching. Make sure you wash them by hand to maintain the frosted look.
According to most customers these are pretty nice mugs to have if you’re looking for sturdy and classy coffee mugs. They are however high maintenance. You’ll have to store them safely and wash them by hand to keep them new for a long time.
This high-end ceramic coffee mug is made using Chinese porcelain. It comes with a sturdy wooden lid which doubles as a coaster too. It is free of lead and cadmium and is non-toxic. It also comes with an elegant and fancy golden spoon you can use to stir your drinks.
The capacity of this large coffee mug is 14 oz. It must not be filled up to the brim if you’d like to close the lid. It might spill and make a mess.
These mugs are very thoughtfully designed. They are based on the Japanese concept of Kintsugi. The concept is about mending broken crockery with molten gold making it look even more beautiful than it did originally. The mugs have the Kintsugi print making them look absolutely gorgeous.
Customers who bought these mugs as gifts for themselves said they were happy that they decided to buy them because these mugs are delightful. The handle is also golden and the paint is very nicely done on the mugs. It won’t chip off or fade anytime soon after purchasing. The mug also does a great job of keeping your beverage hot for a long time and the lid aids it in doing that.
The golden spoon is an added feature loved by customers. Some customers were disappointed with the quality of the handle as it seems rather flimsy as compared to the rest of the mug. If you like your coffee in a good size cup, this mug is for you. The size is great and at this price you cannot ask for a better deal. The mugs are excellent value for your money and are very functional.
According to most customers this mug is available at the best price right now and the quality is great too. So, if you are on the fence about buying this mug then you should make your purchase because the quality and the price are worth it.
This interesting mug is made from 100% Ceramic. It is pretty sturdy and well made. The handle is as strong as the rest of the mug and is made using the same material. The ceramic used is non-toxic and the C shaped handle is comfortable to hold.
This large coffee mug is best suited for every fill of morning coffee. It holds 10.88 oz of beverage comfortably without spilling.
This mug has a state of the art design. It is a color changing ceramic mug. It is originally black but when heated up, it reveals the print on the mug and turns from black to white. It is printed on both sides.
The customers’ response this mug got was overwhelming. Customers loved the concept of this mug and also liked that it works perfectly. As soon as the hot liquid is poured into it, it reveals the print and turns white. Customers bought these as gifts and were very happy to surprise their loved ones with these secret revealing mugs. Some customers said that the liquid needs to be very hot for it to really work.
One more complaint that most customers seemed to have was how quickly the liquid cools down in this mug. The fact that the entire concept of the mug works on hot liquid is rendered useless because it fails to keep the liquid hot and hence fails to keep the print and white color visible for a long time. Customers recommend washing this mug by hand to keep it looking new for a long time.
According to most customers this mug is a sweet deal and should be bought as a gift for your partner. Maintaining this mug is a little difficult which is why you might want to give it some thought before buying it.
This set of cute mugs is pretty strong and is made of stoneware ceramic. The color is off white with a cute print on it. The structure of the mug makes it comfortable to hold even for the elderly. These can be used in the microwave and can be washed in the dishwasher.
The capacity of these mugs is 12 oz, perfect for holding the apt amount of beverage any grown up would like to have at any given time.
These mugs are the cutest. The pattern on these mugs is especially meant to express the bond of love. The mug is perfect to be gifted to your partner or to anyone with whom you connect on an ethereal level.
These mugs work really well as gifts especially for your spouse or for your partner. Customers really liked the good size, durability and the very cute artwork. Some customers were very disappointed with these mugs as they complained that these are nothing like the pictures. The pictures show that each mug has a part of the drawing and the other mug completes the cute drawing but many customers said they received mugs that had simple cartoon designs on them.
They were let down and do not recommend getting these. This was not the case with all customers though. Customers who bought these mugs for their partners said the receivers of the mugs were extremely happy to get them as gifts and they loved the quality of the mug too. They do not feel like cheaply made mugs, the ceramic used is of high quality and the print will also last for a long time before chipping or fading.
According to most customers these mugs are a great gift only if you get what is listed. Many customers said that the pictures are misleading as they make an impression of the image being on two different mugs but the complete image is on one mug and that is disappointing. They recommend it but not for the art.
1. How to stop my coffee mug from getting discolored?
Coffee mugs look extremely beautiful when you’ve just bought them but after continuous usage they tend to lose their shine, color and they even get chipped and become unattractive. God forbid that should happen to your favorite mug. Follow these tips to keep your mug as good as new for long time:
- Wash the mug only by hand
- Use a soft sponge and mild dishwashing detergent to wash it
- Do not wash it with extremely cold or extremely hot water
- If at all you wash the mug in the dishwasher, make sure you place it only in the top rack
- Store them in a place where there are very few chances of them colliding with other serveware
- To remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from your mugs, use lemon or baking soda to rid the mug of these stains.
- Do not use a rough scrubber to clean the mug because it will damage the shiny surface and will make the print come off
2. How to properly wash coffee mugs made of different materials?
Washing coffee mugs is a tricky task as they can have stubborn coffee and tea stains. Based on the material your mug is made of, you’ll have to modify your washing methods. Read how to wash different material mugs properly:
- Ceramic: wash these mugs by hand as they have a high chance of chipping in the dishwasher. Use only mild detergent and lukewarm water to wash these as extreme temperatures may make them weaker.
- Glass: Wash these mugs with hot water and vinegar. Make sure you wipe them right after washing them as water tends to leave stains on these mugs and it looks unsightly to see watermarks on your elegant transparent glass mugs.
- Metal : The best way to wash metal coffee mugs is to wash them using a solution of baking soda and water. There is no need to soak. Just use the mixture of water and baking soda as the cleaning solution and you will have a clean shiny mug.
3. What are some best materials for coffee mugs?
The life and the quality of coffee mugs depend a lot on the kind of material they are made of. Following are some of the best materials for a coffee mug:
- Stoneware: This material is extremely sturdy and resistant to chipping. It also looks very beautiful and has a scope of a lot of colors and designs.
- Porcelain: This is a very old and popular material used to make dainty and elegant coffee mugs and tea cups. If you’re a fan of elegant and vintage tea sets, you should get tea cups or coffee mugs made with porcelain
- Stainless steel: This material will ensure the longest life of your coffee mug. They do not break easily and cleaning them is also super easy. There isn’t much scope of colors or patterns but they can be printed
Coffee mugs are that valuable piece of drinkware which you cannot do away with. It is something that is found in every household and is used by every grown up person. They are more of a necessity. Giving a coffee mug as a gift has been an old practice for this very reason. Coffee mugs can be chosen based on the person’s taste and preferences or they can be customized to suit their personality. These mugs are little representatives of our personalities.
A sassy woman would always like to have a coffee mug that has a bold and inspiring quote on it; a person with a quirky personality will always want a vibrantly colored and uniquely designed coffee mug because they realize that coffee mugs do represent the kind of person they are. Choose coffee mugs for your folks based on their personalities and let us know in the comments which mugs you chose and for whom.