The Timolino Tantium II 20 ounce coffee mug

The Timolino Tantium II 20 ounce coffee mug


The term “coffee cup” and “travel mug” are often synonymous. Generally, there are a few minor differences, and for the most part we have tried to sort the product categories out so that a coffee cup will be something shaped more like a coffee cup or mug and a travel mug will be shaped like an insulated tumbler either with or without a handle.

Most travel mugs are lidded and sized to fit in a drink holder in a car. A metal coffee cup, however, may look just like a regular ceramic coffee cup or mug. Often metal mugs have a large open top and usually a wide, flat bottom. The sizes of these cups is also usually smaller than the sizes of travel mugs. The difference may be as great as the differences between a 4 ounce espresso cup and a 16 ounce travel mug. This smaller size and convenient shape often let them perform better on a desktop because the squatter shape has greater stability.

Shiny steel cups are elegant looking. Many models are double-walled to retain heat, and sometimes even come with metal saucers. They are available in sizes intended to hold both coffee and cappuccino, and can come shaped like regular coffee cups or their slightly larger mug sized cousins. Both options are an impressive addition to any desk, being just unusual enough to appear exceptional without costing more than a travel mug.

Brushed exteriors, double wall construction and dishwasher-safe are common features of these beautiful cups. Plastic handles are common, because let’s face it, metal gets hot and few of us want to try to hold a hot piece of metal every time we want a sip of coffee or tea.

Thermos Nissan Ultimate 14-Ounce Stainless-Steel Vacuum Travel Tumbler

Thermos Nissan Ultimate 14-Ounce Stainless-Steel Vacuum Travel Tumbler

Another great advantage of these mugs is that the insulation tends to eliminate some or all of the condensation problem that occurs in a humid climate when the mug is used for cold drinks. Because there is little to no condensation, the chance of leaving water rings is greatly reduced. In an office environment, a water ring left on a desk can damage papers as well as dirty the desk.

Since these cups and mugs usually have no lids, they tend to keep cold drinks cold a little longer than they keep hot drinks hot, due to the principle that heat rises. They also usually are sized wrong for comfortable use in an automotive cup holder.