Why You Need a Thermally Insulated Vessel for Your Coffee
If you take your coffee and other hot and cold beverage enjoyment seriously (and you know that you do or you most likely wouldn’t be reading this!), then you need to show that seriousness by investing in a real reusable coffee cup. Beyond just moving in the direction of reusable containers, you also want to look for one that’s insulated enough to keep your hot beverages hot and your cold beverages cold. Here’s how to do just that.
1 - Beverages Taste Their Best When Kept at the Right Temperatures
This is a verifiable fact. Every food and beverage that you enjoy has an ideal temperature for consumption. Heat increases your ability to taste foods, which is why coffee has more flavor at high temperatures than it does when it’s closer to room temperature. This is also why the bitterness of coffee eases up as it cools down below room temperature. Because of this, you need a coffee thermos that keeps your hot coffee hot and your cold brew or iced coffee cold, so it tastes better.
2 - Paper Coffee Cups Aren’t All Paper
Paper to-go coffee cups aren’t made exclusively from paper. If they were, you’d be in a race to drink your coffee before it soaked through the bottom of the cup! Paper coffee cups are actually lined with a thin layer of plastic. This makes them next to impossible to recycle in most locations nationwide. This also ends up creating more waste in landfills and more carbon-sequestering trees being cut down to make paper coffee cups. Lastly, having a reusable coffee cup means no more pile of paper cups on the floorboards of your car!
3 - Customization for a Cooler
Look Let’s face it: holding a paper coffee cup does little for your overall aesthetic. Thermally insulated coffee cups come in a near staggering variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can literally stock up with an entire wardrobe’s worth of looks to accentuate your mood, the theme of the day, or whatever you happen to be wearing just by purchasing a few different designs.
4 - Save Yourself a Bit of Cash
Most big coffee chains and many independent coffee shops offer customers a discount for using their own cup. Some will even fill a reusable mug of any size for a flat fee. This will likely only save you a nickel or a dime per trip to coffee nirvana, but those nickels and dimes add up over time. Soon enough, you’ll likely see laws popping up taxing single-use coffee cups like the ones that are currently taxing plastic shopping bags.
5 - Another Word About Taste
The plastic in a to-go coffee cup lid and the plastic lining the cup itself affects the flavor of the beverage inside. As a result, coffee simply tastes better out of ceramic, glass, or high-quality stainless steel. Don’t believe us? Try a blind taste test with your favorite coffee. If you like the flavor of plastic coffee better, you could probably find an old plastic insulated, reusable cup in a thrift store and do your bit for the environment that way.
Thermos for Life
So with all that in mind, it’s definitely time to get yourself a thermos. They’re reusable, so they create less waste and use less resources. They’re also stylish, and they keep your beverages fixed at just the right temperature. They save you money over the long haul, and they won’t make your coffee taste like plastic. While there is an initial investment, that goes for just about everything that’s worth having in this life!