(Did I mention there are snow flurries this morning?!)
Speaking of traveling—I am slightly obsessed with travel mugs.A travel mug is a simple thing—a thermos like vessel for transporting liquids.
It should have a few basic characteristics:
It should open and close relatively easily.
When closed, it shouldn’t leak.
It should carry a good amount of liquid—16 oz at a minimum, 20 oz better.
I ask you-- are any of those characteristics unreasonable?
I’ve been looking (and purchasing , and returning) mugs now for a month-searching for the perfect mug.
One common design for a lid is the Slide and Lock (or rather the slide and leak!)Lid. (the blue sample to the right)
This-- from a Farberware labeled coffee mug -- is fine example of the slide and leak lid.
Why bother with a travel mug if doesn’t travel well?
Are there designs that don’t leak? YES.
This was, for years, my travel mug –somehow, last month, somewhere, I lost the screw on lid.
It was made by Trudeau and it worked.
It did require 2 hands to open/close the lid, and it was a single side sip –(designed for a right hand hold) –but it was easy to grab with the left hand (the handle was open enough not to bang your knuckles ) and the cup itself was comfortable in hand.
It's dented, (it's about 10 years old!) but its held up.
So when I lost the lid, I went searching for the same mug—and of course, couldn’t find it!
But it is smaller --it only holds about 16 ounces.
And the Lid? Well it doesn’t leak, but it also doesn’t open well.
When fully open, it lets liquid dribble out (just slightly faster then slide and leak does closed!) –Want a slug of coffee? Forget it. Tip it to your mouth, and it will slowly dribble out a mouthful.
Next the Oxo design—the LiquiSeal Travel mug.
Second, it opens fully and drinking from it is like drinking from a cup.
Third, it has single handed open/close mechanism.
--but its small—it holds just 13 ounces.
So when I saw this Michael Graves design in Target, that was bigger, and metal, and sported a very similar design on the lid as the OXO. -I thought—I’ve hit the jack pot.
The inside of the lid has this dome like cover (making a bit harder to clean) but that didn’t matter—what mattered was –the parts didn’t make a tight seal!
(Checking on line, it makes no claims about being leak proof—I just presumed it would be.)
The search was still on.
Another contender is the Copco cup. Copco make several styles of travel mugs--including ones with a slide and leak lids.
But this Copco lid caught my eye--it has a hinged flap that can be flipped open or closed (it’s easy to open single handed, but a bit harder to close (completely –that is-- leak proof-ly!) single handed. But --it leaks less than any other design when not fully sealed—and with a two handed close to the lid, is perfectly leak proof.
The lid can be screwed on for a left handed or right handed hold with a bit of planning and practice. It holds a 16 ounces (not ideal, but better than most)
The design has one flaw. The small air hole is too close to the drink opening.
Tilt the cup too much, and it’s covered with liquid, and fails at its job –which is to allow air into the cup, as you drink. (and it slowly drips coffee onto your nose. Not much.. but..)
These examples pretty much exhaust the local selection—none are perfect, though a few are acceptable. Most of these designs are available on line from various sources. Often the on line descriptions and detail are sparse.
(Some sites are better than others, and beware –if it doesn’t say leak proof, chances are it’s a slide and leak lid.)