You are waiting in your car at a traffic signal for the signal to go from red to green. But the wait is not chewing you from the inside since you have a mug brimming with coffee in your cup holder. You take a sip and what you feared has transpired yet again! The coffee has gone cold!
Whether you forget about the cup of coffee in your car or the coffee mug fails to retain heat, it can be really frustrating and to be honest, event despicable to take a sip of your favorite beverage only to find out that it has gone cold. If you were in mood for the cold coffee, you would have prepared iced coffee! We presume it is time to upgrade your travel mug and let go of the need to take a sip of the cold java.
It’s only a mug; what’s all the fuss about?
As far as the coffee carrying utensil is concerned, there are far important things than worrying about the brand it has been manufactured by or whether the cup comes with a handle or not. The basic purpose of taking a mug of coffee with you while you are traveling is to ensure that you drink it while it is hot.
There is no point is spilling all your spectacularly prepared coffee just because it went cold. The longer it remains hot, the more likely you will enjoy it rather than just wasting it away.
So, irrespective of the brand name engraved on your coffee mug, the fabulous colors it is available in or the fact that is of the appropriate size for your car’s cup holder, if your travel mug is failing to keep your beverage hot during your travels, it is time you throw it away and get one that serves its actual purpose.
How to keep your coffee hot?
To comprehend the best way to keep your coffee hot, you first have to get to the basics of what makes the coffee go cold. It is time to revert our attention back to high school physics as we always say brewing coffee is as much science as it is art.
Conduction takes place when objects of varying temperatures come into contact with each other. Just think of the molecules of a hot cup of java colliding with those if air at room temperature. Energy is transferred by the fast moving hot molecules to the slow moving colder ones. That is exactly why the air above your coffee feels warmer than the air away from it.
Now, when the hot coffee is poured down into a mug, the hot coffee molecules are exposed to the colder air molecules as the utensil into which the coffee is being poured into is constituted by these cold molecules. The larger the surface area and hence the exposure of the hotter coffee molecules, the more quickly they cool down.
Trick of the trade
Conduction can be combated by heating the utensil into which coffee is about to be poured. Just rinse your mug of coffee with warm water. The sides of the mug are warmed up and the amount of heat loss due to conduction is also reduced.
Vacuum is your best buddy
The designing of heat retaining travel mugs is quite a complicated procedure. Unless you are someone who takes a fancy to iced coffee, you would want your coffee to remain hot as long as you are enjoying it.
The vacuum insulation that is part of most of the travel mugs is a consequence of some highly intricate science. Rather than banking on the conductivity of the mug’s material to retain heat, air is removed between the metal layers of the cup by the vacuum insulation; thereby preventing the transfer of heat.
It is essentially a layer of space void of molecules between coffee and the colder air around it. The vacuum insulation travel mug does not come with a vacuum sealed lid since it would have become a lot more difficult to access coffee if the lid were vacuum sealed. However, the cooling processes is slowed down significantly.
That is the exact reason vacuum insulated mugs are the most suitable contraptions for keeping your coffee hot.
Best Travel Mugs
We are all looking for a mug that keeps the coffee hot for longer duration of time. But if the cup is not in accordance with your style requirements or it is too costly, you can always check out other travel vessels that are in line with your preferences. A cheaper insulated mug may be a better option for those who like gulp more than sip! (No judgments here, folks!)
But if you are someone who gets engrossed in the office work so much that you tend to forget that there were coffee in the first place, or you have to indulge yourself in a long commute in the morning to get office from home, then you certainly need a top notch travel mug.
LEXO Temperature Mug with Luxury Slide Seal Lid
Designed by ThermAvant Technologies, the LEXO Temperature Mug with Luxury Slide Seal Lid consists of material developed by Hongbin Ma, a professor from the University of Missouri who specializes in mechanical and aerospace engineering. The manufacturer is renowned for conjuring high quality products that have gained massive popularity amongst consumers from all over the world. The construction material of the LEXO Temperature Mug with Luxury Slide Seal Lid cools the coffee down to optimal drinking temperature of 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) in a matter of just a couple of minutes.
Of course, it is not an electric mug as it employs phase change material which means that it has the ability to store and release large amounts of energy. Advanced heat transfer technology has been utilized to ensure that your coffee stays hot for no less than 08 hours.
Made up of triple-walled stainless steel, the LEXO Temperature Mug with Luxury Slide Seal Lid insulates both hot and cold drinks. The mug is also dishwasher safe and comes at a slightly higher price. On the whole, this amazing product has a lot to promise!
TOMIC Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug
Developed by a manufacturer headquartered in the UK, the TOMIC Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug is one of the best travel mugs out there that comes with no less than eight layers. A rubber electrolytic grinding is wrapped around the outer stainless steel layer while there is a paint coating on one side of the insulation. The inside consists of a microwave copper plating, a layer of stainless steel and another electrolytic grinding layer for enhanced heat trapping capabilities.
The TOMIC Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug has the ability to keep the coffee’s temperature above 120 degrees F (48 degrees C) for up to 12 hours. The lid can be flipped open for easy access and even removed for convenient cleaning. The travel mug is rust, mold and shock resistant and is available in four solid colors and seasonal prints.
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug
The Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug comes with a stainless steel vacuum insulation along with a locking lid that prevents coffee from spilling over. The two step release process of the lid ensures that you remain safe from the hot condensation being splashed on your face once you open the lid.
The stopper can be removed for convenient cleaning and the interior is coated with nonstick material. The coffee can be kept hot for up to six hours which may not be as long a period as that offered by LEXO. But still it is good enough! The Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug comes in seven gorgeous colors!
Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mug
Apparently, the Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mug seems like a traditional mug but it comes with a leak and spill proof lid. The user only has to push a single button to take a sip and an additional lid lock is also there for a good, decent measure.
The lid in the top rack is dishwasher safe but if you get any one of the 15 colors, the insulated Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mug will have to be washed with hands or run the risk of the paint getting peeled away. However, the plain stainless steel version is dishwasher safe. Irrespective of the color, the Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mug keeps your coffee hot for five hours and is spill or leak proof. Stuff it in your backpack and off you go!
Bubba Hero HT Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug
The Bubba Hero HT Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug has all what you are looking for in a vacuum insulated travel mug: it is dishwasher safe, keeps you coffee hot and comes at an amazingly affordable price. Your coffee remains hot for no less than six hours while the silicon base prevents the mug from sliding around in the car.
The Bubba Hero HT Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug comes with a slightly bland kind of lid to be honest but still it does its job pretty well and that’s probably what we all need. The lid clicks shut to prevent any wasteful coffee leaks and flips open for easy access. The Bubba Hero HT Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug comes in two colors while the sleek design of the travel mug means that it will fit most of the cup holders in vehicles.
Ello Cole Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug
The Ello Cole Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug is one fantastic travel mug that is vacuum insulated, boasts a trendy design and is completely dishwasher safe. The integrated cork composite coaster base provides an aesthetically pleasing traditional appearance and also protects the surfaces on which the tumbler is placed on along with preventing it from sliding around.
The Ello Cole Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug is available in four color combinations and is slender enough to fit most of the cup holders. The patented slider lid allows for easy access and prevents wasteful coffee spills and leaks. The travel mug keeps the coffee hot for five hours.
Contigo SnapSeal Byron Travel Mug
If you are someone who hates a self-closing lid, then Contigo SnapSeal Byron Travel Mug is probably the way to go. The travel mug ensures that there is not spillage or leakage until the lid remains closed. Once you are done drinking, you can snap the lid shut.
The Contigo SnapSeal Byron Travel Mug keeps the coffee hot for no less than six hours and comes with a firm grip around its circumference; thereby making it convenient for the user to handle the cup with one hand. The travel mug is available in two colors and a plain stainless steel variant.
NiftyCORE Bamboo Leak-Proof Travel Mug
The NiftyCORE Bamboo Leak-Proof Travel Mug comes with a double wall vacuum insulation and a zen bamboo shell to keep your coffee hot for several hours. The exterior of the travel tumbler is designed to prevent your hands from the impact of the hot or cold beverage inside the mug so you are not going to get an accidental burn from an excessively hot mug.
The NiftyCORE Bamboo Leak-Proof Travel Mug is accompanied with a strainer for the tea lovers as well. Hey, if you are one of those environmentalists, then bamboo is a completely environment-friendly, sustainable material!
Bubba HERO Elite Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Yes, stainless steel is a brilliant material that keeps the heat entrapped inside it but at the same time, if not cleaned properly, the residual taste of the last cup of coffee can also remain incarcerated. Sporting a ceramic coating on the inside of the insulated mug, the Bubba HERO Elite Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug makes sure that the coffee enthusiast feels safe from being haunted by the ghosts of the coffee drunk in the past.
The silicone textured grip ensures that you can handle the mug with single-handedly as the skid-proof base prevents the tumbler from sliding around. The Bubba HERO Elite Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug is able to keep the coffee hot for six hours without condensation. This is an ideal device if you despise making any undesired mess. The travel mug is available in two models: stainless steel with black accents or the all-black variant.
Stanley Adventure Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug
Do you not really consider any vessel a coffee mug unless it comes with a handle? If your answer is an emphatic yes, then the Stanley Adventure Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug is the way to go. It comes with a D-ring that enables you to clip the mug to your bag or even your belt loop if you are going out on an adventurous hike.
The Stanley Adventure Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug is made of stainless steel and is completely vacuum insulated. It is rust resistant and keeps the coffee hot for up to three hours. Keep in mind that the Stanley brand has been around since around the First World War and is renowned for its formidable products.
Ello Campy Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug
The Ello Campy Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug is another product by Ello which similar to their Cole model, offers a unique combination of stylish design and effective science. Boasting a design resembling a traditional campfire mug, the travel mug by Ello can store large amount of coffee and sports a soft grip on the handles thanks to the cork lining.
The Ello Campy Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug comes with a leak proof slider lid which is top rack dishwasher safe but the manufacturer recommends the mug to be washed by hands. The vintage styled cup keeps the coffee hot for no less than five hours.
The Wrap Up!
The golden principle to keep your coffee hot while traveling is to minimize exposure to cooler air. Spend some money on the vacuum insulated mug and ensure that the lid remains closed when you are not taking the sip.
If you think that the coffee is excessively hot, then you may as well remove or open the lid for a minute or two. Though, it will work like a charm in case of the LEXO which cools your coffee for you. Shut the lid up once you feel that the coffee has attained the optimal drinking temperature.
You can add any of these mugs to your coffee travel kit and enjoy travels with your spectacular cup of java.