Does it get you down when your coffee gets cold while you’re in the shower? Most people do not like tepid coffee, so much effort has been put into keeping your morning cuppa hot as long as you need it. These solutions range from costing nothing more than a cheap Thermos bottle, to more than $100 for a warmer that works with your phone.
So let’s go exploring the inventive minds who have sought to keep our mugs warm.
This is one of the least expensive ways and a common one. Simply transfer your brew into one of these and you’re good to go for a couple hours at least. Look for a cup that is comfortable to hold. If you drink coffee in the car, make sure it fits your cup holders. It should be leak-proof and have an easy-sipping lid. You can spend up to $30 on a quality mug that fits just right.
These have been around for years. You probably remember them from having one in your lunchbox in elementary school to hold your mom’s soup. They are still around and still work just fine. The only drawbacks they usually use glass as an insulator, which can break if dropped. To get the best effect, pour boiling hot water into the thermos a few minutes before you pour in the coffee. That will heat up the inside and allow it to keep your coffee warm for many hours. These cost about $20 – $30.
A Cosy Koozie
One of these inexpensive items are not just for your mug, but there are Koozies for your French Press and for small serving pots. These cost up to $10.
A Wee Warmer
Immersion heaters are easily affordable at less than $10. It takes just a few minutes for this heater to bring the coffee, or whatever liquid you’re warming, up to piping hot.
A Mini Hot Plate
These are great if you like to leave your coffee mug on your desk. Most of them require that you plug them in, turn them on, rest your coffee mug on the disk and that’s it. Basic models are just like that. But you can spend a bit more money for models with temperature controls. Basic coffee mug hot plates will cost about $20.
Road Runner Thermal Mug Warmer
For around $30 you can have a travel mug warmer for your car. These come with a leak proof lid or a travel mug that fits easily into a warming sleeve, which is in your car’s cup holder. Just plug it in to the cigarette lighter and you’re ready to tackle the traffic.
And now, the Stupid Money solution: A Smart Mug
That’s right, a warmer and mug that is controlled from an app on your phone. You can set the temperature to just what you like. It also has an automatic shutoff. The price? About $130.
So, now, if your coffee gets cold, it’s your own fault.