I only purchase a mug if I see one. I spent some time looking for the right mug online and I could not find one that I liked. I let myself embrace serendipity and I ended up finding two mugs from which I really like to drink.
Below I list the mugs from which I drink and have drunk in the past.
Hamptons Tea Mug
Before I was a coffee drinker, I used to drink tea. There was a time in my life where I would have three or four cups of tea a day. I liked tea. My favorite brand was Twinings.
My family knew that I liked tea. On one Christmas, a family member bought me a tea set. The tea set had a set of tea bags and a mug. There may have been some biscuits in the set too. I cannot remember.
Up until I received that mug, I only had one mug for myself. All the mugs in my house were communal.
I used the Hamptons mug for a number of years. I primarily drank tea out of the mug until I became interested in coffee. For the first few months of my coffee journey, this was my go-to mug.
NB: I now no longer have this mug.
A white mug with a black body. The body displays the Hamptons Tea logo.
A few days after I decided that I was not going to buy a mug online, I found one that I really liked. I went down the Home aisle in Morrisons and found a beautiful mug. It was ceramic. I had been looking at ceramic mugs online with a keen interest for a while.
The aesthetics appealed to me as soon as I laid eyes on the mug. When I picked up the mug to examine it more closely, I could feel a heavy weight. I like a mug that has some weight. I feel like I'm not going to break it as easily. I dropped my Hamptons mug on the carpet a few times and it survived.
I paid three pounds for the Morrisons mug. I used it every day until I got my new mug.
A ceramic mug with a clay-like pattern.
Starbucks merchandise is only available from their stores. I do not live near to a Starbucks. I did not want to buy a mug second-hand online so I said that I'd wait until I next visited a Starbucks to check out what they had to offer.
When I was on vacation, I was lucky enough to be close to two Starbucks branches. On my first visit, I saw an excellent mug. It was black and had the Starbucks branding written on both sides. I picked up the mug and it felt premium, just like the Morrisons mug.
I knew that I may not be back in Starbucks for a while so I purchased the mug alongside a flat white. I have used this mug ever since I purchased it.
A black ceramic mug with a somewhat square handle. Starbucks lettering appears in white on both sides of the mug.
When I started to get into making espresso at home, I decided that I would need a cup in which to pour my espresso shots. My existing mugs were too big for just one espresso shot. I did have some espresso cups in the cupboard but none of them felt right so I decided to buy a new espresso cup.
My espresso cup was purchased from Loveramics.
A caramel-coloured ceramic mug with a handle
In excitement at the prospects of making cappuccinos at home with real espresso, rather than filter coffee, I decided to purchase a cappuccino cup. As I write, this mug has not been used because I am still getting my espresso right. I hope to bring this mug into use when I pour a better espresso so that I can make cappuccinos and enjoy them in their own cup.
This cappuccino cup, like my espresso cup, was purchased from Loveramics.
A grey ceramic mug with a marbled texture. The cup has a small handle.
Starbucks Edinburgh Mug
I saw this mug while I was waiting in line at the Starbucks in the middle of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. I only needed to pick up a bottle of water as I had been walking for a long time. But, I saw the mug and thought it looked great. When I went into the store, I asked how much the mug was (9 pounds) and then purchased it.
This mug features a variety of landmarks in or around Edinburgh.
The inspiration for this post comes from Manual Coffee Brewing, who have a list of "mugshots" on their website.
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