I have been drinking (hot) tea for almost 50 years now, and during that time I’ve come to have a pretty entrenched opinion about what makes a good mug–for me, at least. Now, we are not talking about tea cups here. I have a very satisfactory collection of china tea cups and of course, that is the most elegant and civilized way to savor the sublime beverage that is black tea.
However, I confess that I rarely take the time to make tea in a pot and get out the china tea cups unless I am having a friend over. Most days, I drink my tea from a mug. I used to think a 12 ounce mug was a reasonable size. Of course, I also drank 5-6 mugs of tea a day back then. Now I only drink 3 mugs of tea a day–but the mugs are bigger!
So, what makes a mug “perfect” for me?
• Size: it has to hold 20 ounces
• Handle: the handle must be large and sturdy because 20 ounces of tea is heavy and because my fingers are big.
• Shape: ideally it should be tallish but still have a rounded belly to keep the tea warm for longer. It’s nice if the walls and bottom of the mug are relatively thick to hold in heat also.
• Rim: the rim should flare out and it should be thin. I hate thick-rimmed mugs, even though I know they are more durable.
• Color: if all the other qualifications are met, then my top color choice would be some lovely swirled combination of blue and green and/or purple. Color is my least important consideration. That said, you’ll never find me picking a yellow, orange, or brown mug!
So, my new mug arrived today. Right away I was concerned because the box felt too light. I unpacked the very well-packaged mug and got my first look.
It looked too small, and I was really disappointed because I had specifically looked for a 20 ounce mug. I filled it with water and poured the water into a mug that I knew would hold 20 ounces. Guess what? Looks can be deceiving. The new mug does indeed hold 20 ounces. That’s the beauty of the round belly. Here you can see a comparison for yourself:
So is the new mug perfect? It’s really, really close. It even has a fairly thin flared rim, which I love so much but is hard to find. My only complaints are that I’d like the handle to be a little more substantial and the bottom to be a little thicker/heavier, but those complaints are miniscule, really. I LOVE this mug. The handle is so comfortable and the shape is perfect. I hope it lasts me for years. Although it says it is dishwasher and microwave safe, I will never use it in either of those devices.
Now, what I want to know is first of all, do you regularly drink a hot beverage, and if so, what is it? And what features make a mug good for you?