Fact: There is No Perfect Travel Coffee Mug

At least not in my personal stash.

Over the years I accumulated a treasure trove of travel coffee mugs but one by one, they were borrowed and not returned, left behind somewhere, or thrown out for breaking – leaving me with these three.

The BMW mug comes from the days I had an X5 and I think it was given to me when I picked up the car. I like the weight of it, heavy enough but not too heavy, it’s insulated to keep coffee hot, but it has two huge defects – the handle is so large it doesn’t sit in the cup holder straight up and the toggle to open and close the sip part is tough to manage.

Yes, that’s old coffee crud on the open/close switch. Bad housekeeper I am.

The Bush/Cheney mug came from giving money to that campaign. It’s too lightweight, heh, kinda like W?? Plus, it has a screw top that is impossible to screw on correctly and you’re never sure it’s really ON right, hence, the fear factor that it’ll dump hot coffee all over. The plus, there’s nothing to move to sip the coffee. That’s a huge benefit. And no handle so it sits upright in the car cup holder between the seats.

That leaves my vintage deli mug, circa the 1990s. I hate to brag, but at one point, I owned several of these, yes, I said several. 🙂 One by one, they disappeared, but this one, for the most part, is my go to, even with its limitations. P1070445

The negative: The handle is in the way, even though the bottom half of the mug looks like it should sit in the cup holder without interfering with the handle. It does not sit right.

Then there’s the top. With the toggle, the top slides left to right to open the sip portion, easily.


The weight of the mug is good too and while it isn’t insulated, it does keep the coffee hot a long time, but not so hot that it’s undrinkable.

If I’m alone in the car, the M&R one works as I can hang the handle over to the second cup holder spot but with two of us, dueling cups, neither cup can have a handle so we opt for whatever cup the coffee shop hands out. No perfect solution. Anyone have one they love???

The pouring rains last night were Ranchipur-like, so much so I thought the house might float away. This morning the skies are blue but dang, it’s muggy as hell. Lots on my plate today but I’ll check in often to see if you have suggestions for me for the best travel mug. Thanks.


11 thoughts on “Fact: There is No Perfect Travel Coffee Mug

    1. Ya know, I agree with you on this. It is no easy feat to drive, reach over, even if its only to the middle of the console, pick up the coffee and sip. It’s quite insane when you think about it, how dangerous it is. One split second with eyes off the road………

  1. I tend to need my coffee before getting dressed, so the only time I take it in the car is iced in the afternoon, when I use a tee is tumbler with a zippy lid and straw. My husband, however, is hooked on this one : Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Easy-Clean Lid, 16oz, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HZI5XBG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_NLmzzbGP0JFFK

    We put it in the dishwasher, so it doesn’t last forever–maybe 2 years?

    1. Oooh, I like that one A LOT. I just ordered it on Amazon and got 20% off because today is Amazon Prime Day. That’s the good news. The bad news is I added $3.99 to the price because I want it tomorrow. We leave Thursday. Oh well, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Thanks for the tip.

    1. Pretty fancy. I played the video on the Amazon page and worry it’s too complicated for me. Looks like you have to unlock it up open it first? Very attractive though. Zujirushi makes great products, like rice cookers.

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