Most of you that are die hard coffee drinkers, know that certain material types are better suited for hot/cold beverages than others, but did you know that the material type of your coffee mug can affect the flavor of your coffee? You could be using the wrong coffee mug, depending on your preferences! In this blog we will explore the different types of material types and the pros and cons of each.
When you think of your ideal custom coffee mug, think about what factors are of importance to you. Do you prefer an insulated mug that will keep your coffee hot for a long period of time? Is durability an important factor for you? Do you prefer mugs that are microwave and dishwasher safe? As you keep these questions in mind, read on to find what material type is the best fit for your needs.
-Since ceramic is similar to glass, it does a better job of retaining heat than plastic, but still doesn’t beat mugs with double wall or vacuum insulation
-Doesn’t affect the flavor
-Ceramic coffee mugs are not very durable and will chip, scratch, or break much easier than other options.
-Stains over time
-Does not keep coffee hot for long periods of time
Best decoration method for ceramic mugs: Pad printing because of its smooth surface.
-Can be heated directly over a fire, stove top, or induction cooker, perfect for camping.
-Will not rust
-Durable, but still breakable
-Not microwave safe
-Can burn your hands/lips as enamel material gets really hot
Best decoration method for enamel mugs: Digital printing works well with stoneware material that has a grained surface.
-Most durable material type, no breakage, cracking, or degradation
-Best heat retention, specifically for double wall/vacuum insulated stainless steel
-Very practical for traveling
-Affects the flavor of coffee unless it is high quality stainless steel
-Mostly used in travel mugs, not traditional coffee mugs
-Not safe for the microwave
Best decoration method for stainless steel mugs: Laser engraving is great for stainless steel because this material type can withstand high temperatures.
-Will not affect the flavor
-Will break/crack easily
-Doesn't hold heat as well as other mugs
Best decoration method for glass mugs: Laser engraving is best for glass because it can withstand high temperatures.
We hope you have found the perfect material type for your personalized coffee mugs! If you need a bit more information on other factors like styles and features that are available, take a look at our custom coffee mug buying guide! Need some assistance? Send us a live chat or give us a call at 888-515-1026!