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5 Handsome Coffee Mugs for the Home or Office

January 6, 2016 Buying Guides By Photo by Henry Phillips
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Variables abound when it comes to the perfect cup of morning joe: the beans, the water, one’s preferred method of brewing — French press, drip, or whichever new trend is sweeping the third wave of coffee. But what about the mug? According to one recent study, a mug’s appearance does influence the way consumers perceive their coffee, both on levels of intensity and sweetness. Then again, this isn’t all that surprising. The belief that appearances can alter the experience of food and drinks is not new, especially in the restaurant industry, where plating often plays an integral role to preparation of dishes. To be clear, a better vessel doesn’t always mean better coffee. But these mugs pull their weight.

Hasami Porcelain Mug Cup


Made in Japan, from a mixture of porcelain and clay, these modular mugs come in three different colors — beige, black and gray — and are celebrated around the world for their organic aesthetic and usability.

Falcon Enamelware Mug


Constructed from heavyweight steel and covered in a thick enamel, the 12-ounce mugs from this iconic British manufacturer are ideal for both home and campsite.

Snowe Mug


Snowe was one of the best gear launches of 2015, conceived to bring luxury homeware to consumers for a fraction of the cost of other high-end brands. These lightweight mugs, sold in sets of four, are made in Portugal from high-quality porcelain sourced from Limoges, France.

Mazama Wares Large Mug


Hand made in Portland, Oregon, these 12-ounce stoneware mugs are tapered at the brim with unglazed bottoms. Available in a variety of other sizes and colors, all are conveniently microwave and dishwasher safe.

Kinto Slow Coffee Style Mug


Slow Coffee Style, from Japanese manufacturer Kinto, is inspired by the booming trend of manual pour-over coffee. The mugs from this collection are reminiscent of classic diner mugs, available in a range of different glazes including gray, blue and off-white.

Jack Seemer

Jack Seemer is the deputy editor at Gear Patrol. Since joining the publication in 2014, he has reported on a wide range of subjects, including menswear, smart home technology, cookware and craft beer.

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