We couldn't mention Stanley without mentioning the Thermos. Since 1904, it has been a standard of vacuum sealed stainless containers. This Heritage Plaid Tumbler is a great throwback to one of the popular historical designs.
At 16 ounces, this mug is the right size for most car cup holders, which is an important aspect for commuters. Made from stainless steel and fitted with a sipping lid, this Thermos stays cool to the touch and won't sweat with hot liquids.
Although it is only available for pre-order at the current moment, Ember is meant to revolutionize the way we sip our coffee. Designed by Ammunition group (the same folks that designed the sleek Beats by Dre Headphones), this 12 ounce mug has a temperature controlling mechanism so you can have your cup at the right temperature for you as long as you want.
It has a dial on the bottom to select and see the temperature of the drink that your heart desires and also connects via Bluetooth to a mobile application for more control. The lid is designed to feel like drinking from a ceramic cup, and is fully sealed until you press to open.
If you want to be on the tech edge of design, the Ember is a promising new way to have and hold the best cup.
Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Cortiça is a ceramic travel mug whose name means ‘to cook' in Portuguese. This is definitely a mug that is stylish and meant for connoisseurs. This is because is fits with many of the most popular hand brewing techniques such as the Hario pourover dripper and the Aeropress among others.
It is made from thick ceramic, insulated with a cork sleeve, and comes with a plastic lid that fits snug into the mug. The lid also has a movable part for sipping. It is not a mug to put in a bag, but it is meant for proudly displaying on the counter.