Coffee Mugs of Coffee Fanatics

On a recent CaffiNation podcast, INeedCoffee contributor Paul Rj Muller came up with an idea based off the Caffeine Consumption By Coffee Fanatics article. In that article several contributors shared their caffeine consumption levels. Paul’s idea is to share a photo of the mug we use to assist us in reaching our caffeine goals.

Below are a few of the favorite mugs used by several listeners to the Caffination Podcast.

Michael Allen Smith, Seattle

Since my drink of choice is espresso, my favorite mug is a little demitasse. On it is a Edgar Degas painting of ballet dancers. This is so not my style. I received the set as a gift, which I fully expected to throw into storage. Then I noticed that I could pull my espresso shots directly into the cup. It’s been my favorite ever since.

My favorite traditional coffee mug died on January 26th, 2000. That story is told on Coffee Eulogy.

MAS espresso mug

Paul Rj Muller, CaffiNation USA (Philadelphia)

My Home mug is a hand thrown Stoneware mug from the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Circa 2001. It holds about two and a half 8oz cups of coffee. Its a pretty heavy mug even when empty so its harder to spill accidentally, which is good because I’m a clutz. This mug also has the special distinction of serving as a mic Stand on a couple of occasions when I needed an extra bit of height when recording.

caffination mug

David Richards

I got this mug two years ago on a trip to Yellowstone. The bear paw and Yellowstone name drew me to the mug. I go to the park every few years and the mug is a daily reminder of the good times I have had there.

Yellowstone mug

Joe Wilson

The two mugs in the photo are my two main mugs that I use at work. The one on the left, with the Blue Sun logo, is my normal mug. Blue Sun is a bit of an obscure geeky reference: it was the ubiquitous egacorp whose logo was prevalent in the background on Firefly. The other mug, I bought from the Japan pavilion at EPCOT Center, in Walt Disney World, on the night that I proposed to my fiance’. The character on the front means “harmony,” and it has an internal strainer inside for steeping loose tea.

joe wilson mugs

Chris Arnold, San Diego

Though I do not drink Starbucks or Gevalia coffee, these are my two most used mugs. The larger mug is for those marathon work sessions, and the smaller for my morning cup. I really like the Gevalia cup for it’s fluted lip, which I believe gives a better aroma when sipping, and and thus an enhanced taste. I don’t believe in thermal mugs, but prefer to keep the coffee in a glass lined, vacuum insulated thermal carafe, and just pour as needed into the cup. Preheating the cups with hot water is an absolute necessity in my household, as it allows the coffee to stay hotter longer in the cup. Same goes for the carafe.

chris arnold mugs


CaffiNation 195: The Grind – January 3, 2008 podcast. – Design and print personalized photo mugs as unique gifts.

Coffee Mugs of Coffee Fanatics Part 2 – The sequel to this article.

Michael Allen Smith

Michael Allen Smith fell in love with coffee while attending college. Shortly after graduating college, he found himself in the Tampa Bay area far away from the good coffee he had at The Ohio State University. That is when he starting home roasting coffee. Less than a year later in April 1999, he launched the coffee website has been going strong ever since with hundreds of articles and tutorials submitted by over one hundred contributors.

In 2007, Michael moved to America's coffee capitol Seattle, Washington. He has visited close to three hundred different coffee places in Seattle, Portland,Vancouver and San Francisco and met many of the top roasters and baristas in the country. Since 2009, Michael has been the Organizer of the Coffee Club of Seattle, which is a Meetup group of over 800 coffee enthusiasts. Besides the social aspect of the group, the Coffee Club of Seattle partners with local coffee professionals for educational events such as coffee cuppings, brewing demonstrations and roasting tours.

Unrelated to coffee, Michael has a personal blog at which covers several topics including fitness, cooking and economics.

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