This is a common question that you may be asking yourself. To find out which cup or mug is best at keeping your drinks warm, we did a heat retention test. A simple change in the container can make all the difference if you are a coffee drinker. For more information, continue reading.
We started with a standard ceramic mug. This is the most popular choice for home baristas. Then we tried a single-walled mug made of ceramic. Next, we tested a Bodum bistro double-walled mug. Finally, we tested a double-walled, vacuum-insulated stainless steel Camelbak camp Mug with or without a lid and a standard, paper-to-go cup. The cups were left on the counter for several hours and never heated. Each cup was filled with 6 ounces of freshly brewed coffee. We recorded the temperature changes over two hours.
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We brewed Maromas Orphea Whole Bean Espresso using the Capresso EspressoTEAM TS. The coffee maker grinds whole beans using the attached hopper. It also uses a solid-steel conical burr grinder as well as a stainless-steel thermal carafe to make each cup. You can choose between two and ten cups or schedule a time to brew. You’ll notice a significant quality improvement if you switch to whole beans if you are used to buying pre-ground coffee from the store or K-Cup pods.
All of the samples were at 170 degrees Fahrenheit when the test began.
The ceramic mugs and single-walled glasses were essentially mirroring each other at the 30-minute mark. There was a rapid and steep dropoff. Both the double-walled and to-go cups were almost identical, but they cooled at a slower rate. The Camelbak without the lid was second-best, just behind the Camelbak with lid. It was 44 degrees warmer than the ceramic mugs and glasses after 30 minutes. These trends remained unchanged at the one-hour mark.
With the Capresso CoffeeTEAM TS, you can grind whole bean coffee directly into the filter and let the automatic brewing process take over for a fresh cup of java every time.
The bottom four samples, which included the ceramic mug and single-walled glasses, double-walled glasses, and to-go cups, had stabilized at around 80 degrees. The Camelbak with a lid was at about 92 degrees while the Camelbak with a lid was at approximately 124 degrees. Refer to the reference below. The single-walled and ceramic mugs had dropped to 124 degrees in 12 minutes. The temperature of the Camelbak open is also the same after 36 minutes. This shows how important a lid can be in retaining heat.
Temperature (deg), 2 hours after brewing
- 124deg Camelbak double-walled vacuum-insulated stainless steel Camp Mug with lid
- 92deg Camelbak double-walled vacuum-insulated stainless steel Camp Mug with no lid
- 80deg: Bodum Bistro double-walled glass mug
- 80deg Ceramic Mug
- 80deg Single-walled Glass Mug
- 80deg – Paper to-go cups with lid
No matter what material you use, it is a good idea to heat your cup or mug before pouring your coffee. This will ensure that your coffee stays hotter for longer. Pre-heating is easy with some espresso machines that have a built-in cup warming tray. If your machine does not have a cup warming tray you can rinse the desired cup or mug in hot water before brewing.
Do you prefer a Mug, Cup, or Demitasse?
Be careful before you reach for that old mug or your favorite mug. Take a moment and think about whether it is the right vessel to hold your drink. Also, you can find awesome coffee machines here.