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What is the Best Type of Coffee Travel Mug?

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What is the Best Type of Coffee Travel Mug?

What's the best type of Coffee Travel Mug?

So you've decided you'd like to invest in a trustworthy travel mug. Do you want to save money on your daily morning cuppa or is it more about sustainability reasons? Whatever the reason, the many different options available might leave you feeling confused.  We take a look at all the different styles and what features you should be looking out for.   There are two good reasons why a travel mug is worthwhile one, you can save a bit of money over time. This is because many coffee shops are now offering discounts if you use a refillable cup. And two, coffee tastes so much better in a stainless steel or bamboo cup than it does in a paper cup. 

Here are some things to consider before you buy...

  • Is it spill proof?
  • Is it leak proof?
  • Does it keep drinks both hot and cold?
  • For how long will it keep drinks hot?
  • Is it easy to clean?
  • Is it easy to drink from?
  • Does it incorporate a lid lock?
  • Is it single, double or triple walled?
  • Is it dishwasher safe?
  • Will it fit snugly into a car cup holder?
  • It is BPA free?

So now let's take a look at the different types of travel mug available...

The following travel mugs are examples of what's available - we've provided a link to the product for more information, we are not recommending you buy this particular brand, they are just for illustration purposes only.

Insulated Leak Proof Travel Mug

Double Walled Vacuum Insulated Coffee Mug

The above travel mug is an example of what this type looks like - the style is up to you as they will be available in all different colours with slightly different features. Prices vary from £8.95 to £24.95. This type is leak-proof. Usually stainless steel - it's more like a flask so as to keep drinks hot for longer. Because it is double walled it should insulate heat for up to 12 hours and cold drinks for 6 hours. Look for one-handed operation. It should be suitable for all possibilities so you can throw it in your gym bag without fear of it leaking, take it camping, trekking, road trips etc.

Cork Style Keep Cup

Keep Cup Reusable Coffee Mug

Keep Cups are usually available in two sizes, either 6oz or 12 oz. They're available in different styles, either plastic or glass. The glass versions are usually very tough and almost unbreakable - make sure you purchase cup that is made of fully tempered soda lime glass and the plastic is BPA free. This type is not vacuum sealed so if you hold it upside down it will leak. It is supposed to give you that nice coffee shop cup experience. It originates from Australia and described as the world's first barista-standard reusable coffee cup.  It's perfect for drinking your coffee on the go. It's not insulated so won't keep your coffee hot longer than it would take you to drink it as you usually do.

Insulated Reusable Coffee Mug

Insulated Stainless Steel Reusable Coffee Mug

This type might not be as stylish as the Keep Cup but it's essentially is a reusable coffee cup so good for drinking your coffee on the go. Whereas the Keep Cup doesn't insulate or offer a leak-proof solution, this style does. Double walled with vacuum insulation and a leak-proof lid it will keep your coffee either hot or cold for hours. If you purchase a stainless steel type it prevents the increase of bacteria. Plastic coffee cups with inner seals have hit the news lately warning consumers to be careful since bacterial can build up if not washed regularly and thoroughly.

 
Eco-Friendly Reusable Coffee Cups

Eco-Friendly Reusable Coffee Mug

An eco-friendly reusable coffee is sometimes known as the 'good cup' or a 'bamboo cup'. It's BPA-free and meets both EU and FDA standards which means a natural, toxin-free experience, one where you can appreciate the full flavour of the coffee and not the cup. Made out of a natural rice husk this type of travel mug is lightweight with an easy soft grip but is also extremely strong, shatterproof and keeps the heat for longer than most un-insulated travel mugs. This type comes with a non-spill, leak resistant screw top lid. Many of the bamboo cups are designed with a silicone lid making them non-spill but not leak resistant.

Hiwill Insulated Travel Mug

Double Walled Sports Style Coffee Mug

The 'Hiwill' Travel Coffee Mug is a double walled vacuum insulated bottle which is 100% guarantee leak proof. This type has a sturdy mechanism beside the flip button to lock it in place to avoid it opening in your bag so it's good for sports. It keeps hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 8 hours. This is perfect for long road trips or long hiking trips. It's stainless steel both inside and outside but is free of BPA materials so no nasty metallic aftertaste. We also like that it is tall and slender so easy to hold and drink from.

Thermos Stainless Steel Coffee Mug

Thermos Stainless Steel Coffee Mug

More expensive than the rest the Thermos stainless steel travel mug does offer a 50 years manufacturer guarantee! Also if your in need of a travel mug to keep your drinks cold this promises to keep drinks cold for 18 hours! It will keep drinks hot for 7 hours.  It has a lock to keep the lid firmly sealed to prevent any leakages in your bag or whilst driving. The only downside to this type it seems is it is a bit fiddly to clean properly. There are fiddly components including a few plastic seals so it can be a bit tricky remembering how it fits together after you have cleaned it.

Our favourite is the eco-friendly bamboo reusable coffee cup. There are so many different themes and patterns available so you are sure to find one that suits you. If it's sustainability upper most on your list, this type ticks all the boxes...

  •  Zero waste
  • 100% biodegradable
  •  Naturally antibacterial
  • Not tested on animals (vegan friendly)

Bamboo Coffee Cups

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