What are the best reusable coffee cups on the market right now?
It's not about ugly coffee travel mugs anymore.
You can pick well-designed and functional cups or mugs that keep
your coffee hot.
There are many options to choose from, actually too many options
and that's the main reason for making this video
as a guide for picking the best reusable coffee cup for you!
Hey guys it's Aleš from European Coffee Trip and I have to say
I really love drinking coffee at the coffee shop.
Enjoying the vibe and beautiful cups is part of the coffee experience
but when I need to travel or when cafés can’t operate as usual
as it is right now it's good to have a better
option than disposable paper cups.
In this video we will review and compare some of the best
reusable coffee cups and travel mugs on the market right now.
We will test how long they keep your
coffee hot if they are well sealed and leak-proof
and how easy or complicated is it to clean them.
Also we'll compare the price, weight, material,
design and also the drinking experience,
that's perhaps the most important.
In the end I will share my favorite reusable coffee cups but
I hope that this video will help you find out
what's the best option for you.
So the coffee cups we included in these reviews are
rCup or after rebrand Circular Cup. It's partly made from
recycled single-use paper cups
(the the outer layer which is about 40%).
It comes in two sizes, we've got
a small version that is 227 milliliters.
The price is about 12€ we got it as a free test product.
Loveramics Nomad Cup. It's a double walled porcelain cup
and a silicon lid. The capacity is 250 milliliters
and the price is about 28€.
Loveramics is a sponsor and long-term partner
of European Coffee Trip so we get this cup for free.
Kinto Travel Tumbler.
The body of tumbler is made out of stainless steel
and the cap with lid is a mix of polypropylene and stainless steel
and silicon for sealing. It comes in two sizes
we got the smaller version that is 350 milliliters.
We paid about 25€.
Frank Green Ceramic. The cup is made out of stainless steel
with a ceramic inner layer.
The lid and the button mechanism are made from a plastic.
It comes in three sizes, we got the regular cup
which means 295 milliliters. We paid about 30€.
Carter Everywhere Mug by Fellow - the mug is made out of
stainless steel with an inner ceramic coating
and double walled vacuum.
It comes in two sizes we picked the smaller mug that is
355 milliliters and we paid about 35€.
Huskee Cup with the lid is made out of HuskeeTech a biopolymer
from repurposed waste material which is a coffee husk.
It comes in three sizes we got the smallest cup with a lid
that is 240 milliliters. We paid about 18€.
KeepCup Brew - the cup is made from temperate glass
a band from cork and lit from polypropylene.
It comes in four sizes we got a small cup of 227 milliliters
and we paid about 22€.
KeepCup Thermal it's a double wall stainless steel cup
with a lid from polypropylene.
It comes in three sizes, we got the medium cup of 340 milliliters
and paid about 30€.
No way it's a complete list there are many more solid options
out there but we want to
pick widely available cups we could get our hands on in Europe.
The cups that vary in the material insulation and design.
We got reusable coffee cups that are of a similar size
you can drink coffee directly from them and you can close them too
with one exception and that is a Huskee Cup.
Okay let's start with a series of tests with it!
Perhaps the most important question for many of you is which
cup keeps coffee hot the longest.
We designed a simple test starting with 70°C water
and taking measurements after 10, 20, 30, and 60 minutes.
The main idea was to see the insulation
performance of the cups side by side.
By observing the results I can divide cups into three main categories.
The winner was Kinto Travel Tumblerwith only
9°C temperature drop
in 60 minutes followed by Carter Everywhere Mug.
These are basically thermoses that can keep
coffee hot for a very long time especially if you
preheat it before pouring coffee.
unlike regular thermoses though you can comfortably
drink coffee from them.
Then we have Frank Green Ceramic and KeepCup Thermal
that keeps coffee hot enough even for longer commute or a drive.
The 60 minute temperature drop was about 16°C.
The rest is in my opinion designed to drink coffee straight away or
during a short commute. The cup that kept the coffee hot
the least was the glass KeepCup Brew.
The 60 minute temperature drop was 31°C
Now let's shake the cups and turn them upside down to see
if they are really leak proof if some of them claim.
The obvious loser is husky cup that has holes in the lid.
It was followed by both keep cups that leak some coffee.
All the rest proved to keep coffee inside
I was surprised how well the Loveramics Nomad Cup performed
with the simple silicon lid.
Once again I would divide the coffee cups into three categories.
I wouldn't be too worried
throwing Kinto Travel Tumbler or Carter Everywhere Mug into a bag
if you don't make a mistake closing a lid properly they shouldn't
leak any coffee even in rough conditions.
I would comfortably put rCup and Frank Green Ceramic into a
side pocket of the back in a vertical
position the press mechanism of the lid is amazing
but can keep some liquid that could possibly
leak out of the cup.
All the rest I would rather keep in my hand to prevent
any possible damage.
Since you want to travel or commute with these cups and
mugs the weight is important too.
the lightest from the review was Huskee Cup with 161g
and the heaviest was Loveramics Nomad Cup with 331g.
most of the cups we tested are dishwasher safe
with exception of Kinto Travel Tumbler and partly
Frank Green Ceramic where the lid part is okay
but you should not put the cup into a dishwasher.
The press mechanism of the rCup and Frank Green is a little tricky
and you need to also reassemble it from time to time
for proper cleaning.
if you like to brew coffee at home the easiest way
is to brew it directly into the cup.
We want to see what cups are compatible with the AeroPress,
ceramic V60 with wider rim and plastic V60 with a narrow rim.
Most of the caps are suitable for all brewing devices
Except for Kinto Travel Tumbler that is not compatible
with the AeroPress and ceramic V60
and Frank Green Ceramic that is not compatible with the AeroPress
The most subjective test or evaluation was a drinking experience.
Usually people favor ceramic or glass over plastic silicone
or stainless steel. It wasn't different for us
but we looked at it in two scenarios - with and without lid.
Without the lit the clear winner was Loveramics Nomad Cup
with its porcelain cup followed by KeepCup Brew with a glass cup.
The third pick was quite surprising - the Carter Everywhere Mug
made out of stainless steel.
They shaped the thin lip in a way that connect quite nicely
on the mouth it takes some time to get
used to but it should actually be mimicking the cabernet glass.
With the lid our favorites were
Huskee Cup, Kinto Travel Tumbler and rCup.
All have various lid shapes and opening system but
all are made from variations of plastic.
As much as companies and designers are trying to come up
with a smart innovative solutions drinking from a cup
without the lid is still our preferred option.
Okay let's sum it up and see what's our favorite cup.
Now we couldn't pick only one because they
all work well for different situations.
For traveling and long trips we would pick either
Kinto Travel Tumbler or Carter Everywhere Mug
for its insulation sealing and durability.
Fellow Mug offers a better drinking experience and also
ceramic inner coating that will
probably keep the thermos in a better shape
for longer but at the moment I prefer Kinto
because of its versatility and size.
You can safely drink from it on the move or in the car.
It can easily fit into the bottle holders or side pockets.
The only thing that worries me is cleaning.
Since you can't use a dishwasher and the inner part
is rather difficult to access manually.
For short commutes I would pick rCup
because it's lightweight, durable and cheap.
It looks good and is made from a recycled materials.
You can easily open it with one finger
and drinking experience is okay even with the lid on.
The only thing that I battled with is the controlling
whether the lid is open or closed.
There is no indication and visually it can trick you.
I find myself unscrewing the lid
to double check the position most of the time.
For the best drinking experience I would pick the
Loveramics Nomad Cup. It looks great, you can
get it in multiple colors and the silicone lid
is easily attachable and it can seal surprisingly well.
I would use it for bringing coffee from a nearby coffee shop
where baristas will appreciate the inner shape of the cup
and volume marks or when you need to move
around the house or office.
The lid prevents spilling coffee on the floor but you have
a porcelain cup to drink from when you sit down.
The obvious downside is a durability.
Even though the cup is robust it's still a porcelain
and you don't just throw it into a bag or on the floor.
Now that was our selection but what's your
favorite reusable coffee cup?
Do you agree with our comments and review
or you have a different opinion?
What cups did we miss and should check in the future?
Let us know in the comments!
If you are curious to check the numbers and details of the test
we will share them in the article with the video on our website.
You can find the link in the description below where we'll also add
the links to all the cups we reviewed so then you can see the price
and availability in your region.
I hope it was a useful video for you check out
some of our other coffee product reviews and
I'm looking forward to see you in the next video very very soon!
Thank you! Bye bye!