I drink coffee just about every morning. I never buy coffee from Starbucks or Panera or Dunkin’ but only because it costs so much compared to making it at home. I use a CoffeeMate coffee maker that I’ve had for several years that I picked up from Target for less than $20. It makes great coffee, but what really gets me jazzed up about my morning cup of Joe is the coffee mug that I select.
I realized that the mug makes the difference about 5 years ago when I was living with my parents and I started noticing that my dad and I would always go for the same few coffee mugs. The Harley Davidson mug, the black lab mug, the one w/ the tree that changed colors when something hot (like coffee) was in it. We always grabbed these first and if it wasn’t for my mom, I’m sure the dainty, flower-print mugs would never have been used. I even remember having a conversation about which mug was our favorite. I’m extending that idea onto my humble blog. Enjoy.
Mug #1: SpiderMug
I got this mug as a gift from my old roommate Eric. Spider Man has always been my favorite super heroes, so I always get excited when I grab this mug from the shelf. I just know my morning is going to be a web-slinging good time and the Spider Man Mug always puts me in a good mood. It’s slightly bigger than a standard mug and is a little thicker so the coffee stays hotter longer. This is without a doubt my go-to coffee mug. If it’s clean, it won’t be for much longer.
#2 Tyler Mug from Kenedy Space Center
This is currently the oldest mug in my possession. As you can see the mug was made specifically for me (or any of the other thousands of Tylers that might visit that particular gift shop). I remember that when I first spotted this mug (I was only a kid – maybe 8 years old) I was surprised to see my name on it. At the time, you just didn’t see the name Tyler on mugs and key chains and fake license plates and that kind of thing. It was a souvenir that I never actually used for consuming beverages until about 6 years ago. I keep it around for sentimental value and also it has a ROCKET SHIP on it.
#3 Marvel Comics Mug
This actually isn’t my mug. It’s Lucas’ and he doesn’t ever use it because he doesn’t like coffee. I’ve taken control for now but whenever I move out I will be forced to leave it behind like a sad dog that stays with the farm b/c there’s no room for him in the new city apartment. Lucas got this mug as a gift for being in a wedding party. Even though this isn’t my mug, I still choose it over most of the mugs in our cabinet because it has sketches of tons of cool comic book characters…which you know, totally brings out the flavor of coffee.
#4 The Bulbas Mug (from Starbucks)
The name for this mug was coined by my old roommate Eric and is a parody of the pokemon, Bulbasaur was a stocky little plant/animal. Anyway, I guess he got the idea because the shape of this mug is round and stocky. The best part is that because of its shape it holds way more coffee than a regular mug. This is a great Saturday mug because on Saturdays I’m more likely to lounge around with a cup of coffee than drink it down real fast. More time with the drink = I should just have more drink. The other cool part of this mug is that I actually have 5 of them. That’s right, five bulbas mugs. I bought one several years ago and it flew solo for a good many months until Christmas. I had mentioned to my parents (who are always asking for a wish list for Xmas) that I liked mugs…especially ones from Starbucks. So they went out and bought me 4 of the same kind. Luck would have it that they were the same kind as the mug I already owned. So I have a set! The Bulbas Mug is always my first pick for hot chocolate.
#5 The Travel Mug
I don’t like travel mugs. I especially don’t like plastic travel mugs. I especially especially don’t like plastic travel mugs with sippy-cup tops. Here’ s the problem:most travel mugs are narrow and therefore hard to clean. Plastic travel mugs make your coffee taste like plastic. Sippy-cup tops are a mess and I only work 10 min from home so I don’t actually HAVE to drink the coffee when in the car. All I needed was a non-plastic, wide, non-sippy lidded coffee mug. So that’s what I bought. The mug is slightly wider than a standard mug, so it is easy to fit a dish cloth, or sponge inside for cleaning. It’s made of aluminum so no plastic flavoring. The lid doesn’t screw on (you just press it down) and you can’t drink out of it. The mug is simply for transporting a decent cup of coffee from one location to be drank in another. That’s all I want, to drink my coffee at the office when I don’t have time to drink it at home. It’s perfect.