I really like the soup mug sized ones that aren’t TOO thick of a material. I have a few green ceramic soup style mugs that retain heat REALLY well. The problem being? If I serve soup in them, we have to wait half an hour from boiling/serve to eating.
@Jamileigh17 I was taught that there are seasonal tea bowls that give the contents different amounts of surface area, allowing the tea to cool at a rate that is relatively consistent over different seasons.
Some American potters apply these concepts to coffee mugs and bowls, though they don’t necessarily explain the distinctions when selling their wares.
Point being, if you have space for an extra set, I’m sure a local potter would be happy to make you some “summer” soup mugs.
My favorite is a black Big Brother is Watching You mug I got in an IRK (or Fuku, I can’t remember). I almost gave it away as a gift when it was new, but now it’s one of the few meh purchases that sees regular use.
Thrift store score. This one was manufactured by Always Azul Pottery in Villa Grove, CO for something called Copper Door. I have no idea what that is, but it’s a very cool mug. I prefer a heavy stoneware mug because it holds the heat much better than porcelain.
All of the above. My only problem with the cool/funny thrifted mugs I get is that they’re very small. Who drinks 8 oz of any warm liquid? I have my handmade 12 oz ones that are great for keeping shit warm and then my soup bowl-sized mug for work.
@Turken I too Love my Death Wish mugs. Mine were Handmade in Minnesota (2017, 2018). I’d like a couple of their wall-hooks to hang 'em from; looks like a crooked Finger saying “Pssst, hey, come here”. Thanks for sharing yours. I love it. ~Sam
My favorite for morning coffee is a 12 oz. mug from Bennington Potters. They keep coffee hot and don’t tip over. The “not tipping over” part is really important to me, especially in the morning before I’ve had coffee. I don’t think I could deal with a coffee cup that looks like it is tipping over all of the time.
I have a soft spot for company related mugs from companies I like. I’ve got five different (all made in England) mugs from Digital Equipment Corporation (RIP, sigh), glass, porcelain, stoneware, one with real metallic gold leaf on it (so can’t be microwaved). One glass Apple mug with the Apple logo etched into the bottom so you see it while you drink. And I found a Walgreens mug at the thrift store in Lake Zurich IL from Charleston Blvd Walgreens in Las Vegas, so hometown mug and I used to go to that Walgreens…
I only use them for tea and cocoa because coffee sucks.
My wife is the coffee drinker; she absolutely loves the one Meh mug we’ve received and uses it first when its clean.
Funny, about 20 years ago I took several boxes of promotional mugs, brand new, and stainless steel insulating can holders from a freight business in our building that literally locked their doors and walked away. When the landlord cleared the place out we were allowed to grab a lot of things before they were dumpstered. Salvation Army, Goodwill, and a local place all turned me down on the donations because they claimed to not accept items with company names and logos on them, even if no longer in business.
@guyfromhawthorn I once won a huge mug at a school carnival that had “Bennet’s Colorizer” advertising on it; the thing held close to a quart. I made a huge hot cocoa in it once, then my Mom confiscated it (using 6 packs of cocoa mix at once was frowned on) and used it for her craft paint brushes until it was broken.
The best mugs are nice vacuum insulated mugs. There’s no way I’m finishing my coffee before it gets cold in a normal mug without chugging it. I make the coffee into a metal mug with a spout so it cools to the right temperature fast and is then easy to pour into my awesome zoujirushi “travel” mug. It’s still drinking temperature by the end of the workday if I’m busy and forget.
The most ergonomically comfortable mugs I’ve found, and 10oz is about right for a person who prefers to sip rather than chug coffee. They’re made for coffee shop use, so I don’t have to worry about them chipping or losing their glaze.
On the go, I have 12oz and 16oz HydroFlask containers (for lattes and cold brew, respectively). Good insulation and easily the best lids I’ve found.
I have a several mugs from Shakespeare & Co (a theater company in Lenox, MA) that are known as Winking Willie mugs because with hot coffee (or other liquids) an eye in the Shakespeare portrait on it closes to wink at you. Unfortunately, they no longer sell this model.
My husband had a coffee cup mug collection to beat the band. He’d been collecting them from around the world for decades (he drank appx 3 pots a day). I wanted matching cups and I didn’t want most of the ones he had around out when the grands were over. Most of them were along the lines of… when you took a sip out of one of them, big ceramic tits would swing and hit you on the chin… one for mustache rides, one for practicing gynecology, etc. When he passed I got rid of all of them.