So here was my dilemma: Lukewarm coffee is from the devil, I can't stand it. Obviously, those flimsy paper cups you get at the coffee shop don't hold in the heat but most of the plastic reusable tumblers don't do that great of a job either. I have also tried a number of other travel mugs like ceramic and double walled metal mugs. Those did a slightly better of a job keeping my coffee hot longer however, because most tumblers are not dishwasher safe, the seams and lids get all gunky inside and it's practically impossible to get them clean. Ew.
Then one day.... one of the gals from work was helping her kid raise money for their school. You know, those annoying fundraisers where you end up with a 5 gallon drum of caramel popcorn or enough cookie dough to open your own shoppe or 13 magazine subscriptions you didn't really need. Except this fundraiser was for Klean Kanteen, a local company that sells stainless steel beverage bottles and "cups".
We heard rumors from other buyers that these insulated mugs can keep drinks hot or cold for hours and hours. They are stainless steel inside, insulated, double-walled and BPA free. The mug itself must be hand washed, but since it is wide and seamless inside, that would be no problem. It comes with an optional cafe-lid that...get this... comes apart in two pieces so you can easily clean it. SOLD!
I bought one (the lovely purple one pictured above) as an experiment and when it arrived I was so excited to see if the claims were true... and they are!
In the morning I pour hot water into my mug to bring it to temp, then dump out the water and fill it with my hot coffee, or in many cases, hot milk and coffee. I loves me a latte. I twist on the original lid because 1) it is spill proof and the cafe lid is not. That's the only real drawback to the cafe' lid. 2) The original lid will help keep it hotter, longer since there are no drink holes and is lined in stainless steel. The cafe' lid is all plastic. With cap on I throw it in my purse and head to work.
My 16 oz of coffee stays perfectly hot so I can sip on it all morning. And cleaning the mug is a breeze since the inside has no seams and the cafe lid pops apart for a quick scrub. And I think it's pretty nice lookin'!
I love it so much, I bought 3 more. One 20 oz for my brother-in-law who is on the road a lot for work, one 12 oz for my nephew's baby food when he's visiting Grandpa. Grandpa doesn't have a microwave and Jake doesn't like cold green beans. And when he gets older it will be the perfect size for juice or milk for long car rides or shopping with mama. I also bought one extra 16 oz because it's the best!!
They aren't paying me to review their mugs, I just really believe in this product. So if you're in need of a mug that really works, go check out Klean Kanteen!