THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COFFEE MUG
The vast majority of coffee mugs are ceramics, meaning they are constructed from clay and heated in a kiln-fire for added durability.
Although a lot of mugs will have their material merely described as ceramic, higher quality items tend to boast a more detailed description of the material, as different clays and kiln-methods can create pottery that vastly differs in its properties, colour and strength.
Here are some of the many you may see when browsing, and how they differ from one another.
||Created at low temperatures, Earthenware creates a strong and practical ceramic, perfect for everyday use. Its cream colour and low firing temperatures allow for more heavily designed pieces.
||One of the strongest ceramics, it’s very popular due to its wear and tear resistant durability. Can also withstand intense heat making it oven and microwave proof.
||Slightly more delicate than other ceramics but still displaying good strength and durability. It is often white or translucent in colour.
||Unlike bone china, fine china uses a synthetic bone ash to make it a more affordable option whilst still boasting strength and delicacy.
||Made from 40% bone ash, bone china is thin yet durable material which is both microwave and dishwasher safe. It’s often more expensive than other ceramics and is traditionally seen as a formal tableware material.
Stainless steel is a popular option for mugs which are designed to retain high levels of heat. Although not the nicest in appearance, they’re certainly the best value for money, as they are much more durable than ceramics and are also usually more portable.
Often used as a malleable, foldable travel mug material, silicone is microwave safe and a great leak-proof container.
Features To Look Out For
Especially if ceramic, try and find out what specific type of material a mug is, as some will be better than others for your specific needs.
Stoneware is the most durable material, but the most clunky in appearance, whereas bone china is the most delicate but a lot more appealing in appearance.
Dishwasher, Oven & Microwave Safe
We are people of the 21st century and so having a mug which you can quickly zap with a few microwaves or chuck in your dishwasher without a thought are huge bonuses!
Otherwise, you’re coffee can never be rescued if cold and your mug is going to be tougher to clean!
Think about things like weight, ergonomic handles and shape when looking at a mug as the act of drinking coffee should never be an actual struggle!
Remember these mugs are going to be seen around your home and perhaps even displayed, so make sure to pick one that goes with the colours of your home or existing china and tableware sets to avoid creating eyesores and colour clashes!