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Best Reusable Coffee Cups (2020 Review!)

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!