Most of us start our day with a cup of delicious, aromatic coffee. Some of us like it black, some white, some with milk, some with cream, some like it hot, while some prefer it cold, and the list goes on. But whatever style of coffee you like, having the right set of the mug makes the whole difference. It can have a huge impact on how you enjoy your coffee.
Mugs are an essential part of every kitchen, but most of them are chosen rather unexpectedly as gifts, random purchases at coffee shops, or office conferences. Other than being a safe option for drinking generic hot liquids, the best coffee mugs should have a certain size, quality material, and a lot more features. Read on, as we explain all of them in detail in our buying guide.
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Coffee drinkers tend to spend a lot of time searching for the best beans and brewing kit, but they often neglect the mug. Now, why put all the effort into brewing a perfect coffee when the mug reduces its flavour?
Therefore, to have the best coffee drinking experience, it is important to choose your coffee mug wisely. Here are the factors that you need to consider before buying the best coffee mug in India.
Before deciding on the size and material of a coffee mug, it is important to think about the settings and circumstances where you intend to use your mug. You also need to take into consideration the type of beverage you'll be drinking in it.
For instance, if you drink your coffee on the go while driving to work or picking up your kids, you need a large travel mug with a lid that can fit into your car's cup holder. If you're looking for a mug to take while camping/outdoor activities, consider durability along with the size of the mug.
However, if you plan on using the mug at home, you would need a smaller one without any lid. The type of beverage you prepare also plays an important role in deciding the mug's size and material. If you tend to mix multiple ingredients in your coffee like milk, vanilla, ice, and cream, you might need a tall mug to prevent spilling while mixing.
One of the prime considerations while choosing a mug is its size. The standard coffee cup holds around 230 to 350 cm of liquid. Large travel-size mugs may hold 700 to 1000 cm of coffee. If you tend to drink half and leave the rest while doing household chores, it is best to get a smaller 325 cm mug, so you can drink more freshly brewed coffee multiple times a day.
If you drink two-three cups of coffee a day, try an oversized mug that can hold 3-4 servings so, you don't have to refill again and again. If you drink iced coffee, you'll probably need a bigger mug to hold both the ice and the coffee.
Another thing to consider regarding the size is that the larger the volume of coffee you fit in the mug, the slower the cooling process will be. So, if you like your drink hot, make sure you fill the mug up to the brim.
Right from how your coffee tastes to heat retention and cup's durability, everything depends on the material your coffee mug is made out of. Porcelain, stainless steel, plastic, glass, and ceramic are the most popular materials you'll find in the market.
Another type of porcelain mugs that you'll commonly find in the market is made of bone china. It is composed of bone ash, feldspathic material, and kaolin (a type of clay). It is the strongest type of porcelain that's chip-resistant i.e., the material won't chip when washed. It also has a high level of translucency, making it a preferred choice for mugs and other dinnerware items.
Stainless steel is non-porous, durable, and does not affect the flavour of the coffee. It goes farthest in heat retention as compared to other materials and is, therefore, a preferred choice for travel mugs.
Unfortunately, a stainless steel mug cannot be microwaved as it'll damage your microwave. If you need to warm the coffee, you will have to pour it into another container to reheat. Once you pour a hot coffee in a stainless steel mug, it can keep it hot for a longer period, provided you cover it with a lid while travelling.
Glass mugs are aesthetically pleasing and look sleek in any setting. They are easy to wash and are non-porous, i.e., they won't retain flavours from your last drink. A glass mug is also microwave-safe, so you can warm up your coffee without damaging your favourite mug or your microwave.
But glass is a fragile material, which makes a glass mug not suitable for travel purposes. You also need to be careful while using it at home because if it falls and breaks, there's no coming back. But mugs made of borosilicate glass and opalware are more durable and can hold hot coffee without shattering the glass.
Plastic mugs are quite a preferred choice for mugs but they're not recommended as coffee mugs because they can change the taste of your beverage. They are porous and can allow toxins to penetrate your coffee, thus changing its taste and smell.
However, plastic mugs are a great budget option and are available in attractive colours and patterns. These mugs are generally not microwave-safe, but if you use plastic mugs made of polypropylene then they can be microwaved (read the instructions, though). If you're concerned about buying plastic, you can choose a cup that can be recycled or is made from recycled materials.
Most coffee mugs have handles as it makes it easier to hold the mug. Handle helps keep the balance of the drink, prevent spills, and protect your hand from getting burnt. However, certain people prefer to drink coffee from mugs without handles. This way, they can feel the warmth of the drink and keep their hands cosy, especially during the winter months.
There are porcelain mugs without handles available in the market that have double-layer of insulation to keep the drink hot and your hands warm, without burning them. If you're someone who drinks hot coffee on the go or prefers cold coffee, mugs without handles will be a convenient option for you.
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Set of 4 Printed Ceramic Coffee Mugs
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Green 4 Pcs Printed Bone China Mug Set
Porcelain Mug for a Good Size Cappuccino
White & Brown 6-Pieces Printed Ceramic Mugs Set
A Fancy Ceramic Mug Set for At-Home Coffee Dates
Blue & Brown Set
A Funky Mug for Midnight Coffee Cravings
Java Olive Green Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Coffee Mug
A Chic, Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Set of 4 White Solid Bone China Tea & Coffee Mugs
Keep It Basic With These Brilliantly White Coffee Mugs
Set Of 12 Transparent Solid Fresco Glass Mugs
Durable, Double-Wall Glass Coffee Mugs
Set of 2 Yellow & Blue River Rims Glazed Ceramic Mugs
Handmade Ceramic Mugs to Add Colour to Your Coffee Routine
Set of 2 Blue & Brown Textured Ceramic Coffee Mug
Small-Sized, Rustic-Style Coffee Mugs
This ceramic mug from Ellementry is one of the top-sellers at Myntra. From early morning black coffee to evening cappuccino and everything in between, this mug does it all. It is lightweight, has a beautiful glossy finish, and an ideal-sized handle to make holding and sipping coffee a pleasant experience.
"The quality is incredible. It's so comfortable to hold. Exactly everything a mug needs to be. Plus, it's so sturdy.", says a reviewer. The mug keeps liquids hot for longer. It is even aesthetically pleasing, and yes, it is dishwasher-safe too.
This fun and 'happy' design is one of many available by Clay Craft. The cup comes in a medium-size, which is good enough for your daily dose of coffee. If you are someone who drinks small cups of coffee multiple times a day, this mug set is perfect for you.
It's dishwasher-safe and retains its glossy finish even after multiple washes, as reviewed by users. These mugs can be used every day or reserved for special occasions. They have arguably the cutest designs out there, making them a worthy gift for any festival.
Are you a coffee lover? Well, look no further than these decent-sized mugs from Sonaki. The 360 ml mug will keep your coffee hot for a good amount of time so that you can savour the coffee with every sip. Whether you like hot brew or cold coffee, the mug size is ideal to serve both.
The mugs are made of bone china that adds to their durability. They have a perfect sized handle to make it easier for you to hold the hot drink. The colour of the mugs is also very subtle, and they'll look good with almost every dinnerware set.
Time to move your coffee dates home and enjoy freshly brewed espresso in these gorgeous mugs (good enough to impress your date) from CDI. The fool-proof design will make special occasions even more memorable. These mugs are microwave and dishwasher-safe, giving you an easy alternative to re-heat your drink.
Be careful when taking it out of the microwave, though. The handle can get a bit hot to touch. But otherwise, the handle makes it easy to grasp without getting too close to the hot base. Reviewers appreciate how nicely the mugs were packed when delivered, and they loved the quality and finish too.
If you're a night owl and love a cup of hot coffee to keep you company through the night, here's a funky mug as your spill-proof partner. This uniquely designed mug by Chumbak makes it one of the top picks among teenagers and adults alike. The mug is microwave and dishwasher safe, adding points to its otherwise amazing design.
The mug is made of opalware, which is an extra-strong toughened glass that makes the mug durable and lightweight at the same time. If you love textured and out of the box designs, you might want to invest in this beautiful piece. The mug also makes for a great gifting option for your friends, colleague, and siblings.
Equipped with triple wall insulation technology, this mug by Headway is one of the finest travel mugs out there. It has a sweatproof outer wall to make it convenient for you to hold the mug while driving or hiking. The second layer of copper coating prevents the transfer of temperature, thus keeping your drink hot for a longer time.
The third and the innermost wall maintain the inside temperature. The mug is capable of keeping your drink hot for 3 hours, warm for 4 hours, and cold for up to 8 hours. So, whether you love your coffee cold or warm, this mug will make for a hassle-free travel partner.
If you're the type who likes to keep things simple in life, then these GOODHOME's solid white mugs will be your new best friend. These 260 ml mugs are designed with food-grade bone china to keep your coffee drinking experience top-notch.
These mugs are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe, making your life easy. So, whether you want to make a mug cake or freeze ice cream, you can safely do it in these mugs. Reviewers are happy with their purchase and the quality of the mugs.
Glass coffee mugs are aesthetically pleasing and go with any tableware set. If you like minimalistic pieces in your kitchen, these coffee mugs will fit in just right. You can enjoy freshly brewed black coffee or instantly whipped dalgona coffee in these mugs.
The set comes with 12 mugs, each constructed with equal precision and accuracy. These mugs will come in handy when you're hosting a party for a bunch of friends. The mugs read microwave-safe, but be careful while taking them out from the microwave as the handle could get hot.
Some mornings call for colourful coffee mugs that will instantly give you a breath of freshness just by looking at them. With a unique colour combination, this handmade, glazed mug set in sand yellow and teal blue is what brings joy to early morning routines.
The mugs are undeniably large so that you can enjoy a big cup of coffee in a day. They have a convenient handle that you can fit your hand through for a comfortable warming grip. The mugs are coated in a non-toxic glaze that's chip-proof.
For those of you who like to have their coffee while it is still warm will be able to drink it all down with these small-sized ceramic mugs. Inspired by the texture and vibrant colours of Rajasthan, these mugs will add uniqueness to your collection.
The textured mugs are chip-proof and will retain their matte finish even after daily washings. Reviewers say these cups are lightweight and of perfect size. You can even enjoy small size coffee shots in these mugs.
If coffee is your morning dose of freshness, afternoon dose of get-going, evening dose of relieving tiredness, and everything in between, then you may be looking for more exciting ways to perfect your coffee-making/drinking skill. If yes, be sure to check out our related products that'll make your coffee experience even more worthwhile.
Whether you like your coffee on the go or sipping it from the comfort of your home, there's always the right mug to make your experience better. We hope you feel inspired by our range of top coffee mugs!
Author: Srishti Sikka
No. 1: Ellementry｜Blue Printed Ceramic Mug
No. 2: Clay Craft｜Set of 4 Printed Ceramic Coffee Mugs
No. 3: SONAKI｜Green 4 Pcs Printed Bone China Mug Set
No. 4: CDI｜White & Brown 6-Pieces Printed Ceramic Mugs Set
No. 5: Chumbak｜Blue & Brown Set
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