The humble coffee mug

Posted by:strictlycoffee onJuly 20, 2012

When you sit down with you favorite coffee mug, is it standing in the way of the best tasting cup? Most of us don’t think about what we’re drinking out of, but rather just the coffee itself. To help you make the most of your coffee, here are some tips to make sure each cup tastes as good as it should.

–  Use a porcelain coffee mug – These are the best of the best in terms of allowing your coffee to taste as good as it could. Because it’s not porous, it holds the warmth for longer which preserves the flavor. These mugs are also reusable so they’re environmentally friendly too. They’re easy to find in any store and can even be picked up at a thrift store for pennies.

– Avoid plastic, paper, and Styrofoam coffee cups – Each of these cups can add the flavor of their materials to your cup of coffee, altering the taste. While you might not realize it at first, the flavor is slowly eroded by these kinds of cups. Even worse, there is some debate as to whether these cups will release some of their more toxic ingredients into your coffee because of the high temperature of the water as it sits in the cup.

– Wash your coffee mug regularly – Avoid any rings around your coffee mug by washing it out regularly, those rings also affect the taste. The oils in the coffee can adhere to the sides of your cup and then be deposited into your next cup. Instead, be sure to scrub out your coffee mug with hot water and soap each day. If you forget and can’t seem to remove a coffee stain ring, use a little vinegar in warm water and let the cup sit for an hour or so. Rinse the cup out and then wash with warm soapy water. The ring will be gone and your flavor will be back.

– Use a stainless steel travel mug – Because stainless steel is not porous and holds heat well, these are the best mugs to use for travel. While porcelain is best, the stainless steel mugs don’t seem to remove any of the flavors of a freshly brewed cup of coffee. These do need to be rinsed before you use them to prevent any metallic taste in the first cup.

In answer to the question of whether a coffee cup can affect the taste of your coffee, only your taste buds can decide. Some people are more sensitive than others while others can’t even tell the difference. But if you’re looking for the purest flavor you can get, try some of these tips to see if you notice a difference.

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