(Primarily for our U.S. readers, who tend to tend to drive a lot more than Indian readers and are given to buying Coffee at rest areas and convenience stores).
After more than a decade of sticking around with our old, seen-better-days travel mug we decided to kiss it goodbye and buy a new one.
After a bit of research on our favorite online shopping site Amazon, we hit on the Thermos Nissan 14-Ounce Leak-Proof Insulated Travel Mug (do you folks in India buy things like flasks and mugs online. God, we’re so sloshed now that we can barely type).
The travel mug cost us $25.42 and since our purchase was over $25, we got free shipping.
We ordered the travel mug on May 24, 2010 and the postman delivered it yesterday, i.e. June 1.
After unpacking the travel mug, we rinsed it with cold and hot water and kept hot water inside it for a few hours to get rid of any possible bad odor (there were none actually).
This morning, we decided to give our mug a test.
Thermos Nissan 14-Oz
At first, we couldn’t easily figure out how to drink from it. You see, the old mug had a clear opening in it while the new one had none. A quick check with the manual showed us that we needed to give the lid a 1/2-to-1-turn counter-clockwise. We suggest one-turn.
Voila, that was easy. Even we could handle that.
We drove down to a nearby Wawa convenience store (present in PA, DE, NJ, MD and VA) and purchased a French Vanilla flavored Kona Blend Coffee at 14:52 PM for 99-cents. Instead of using the store cup, we used our new Thermos Nissan travel mug.
Boy, was the Coffee hot. And today was a hot day too. 🙁
After purchasing the Coffee, we headed to the new Chinese restaurant at the strip-mall to pick up some Fried Rice (tastes good with Maggi Teekha Masala Spicy Chilli Sauce) and Lo Mein. Then we headed to the adjacent grocery store to pick up some Yoplait flavored Yogurt (we have a spoonful of Orange Creme Yoplait Yogurt, 5 for $3, in our mouth as we type this). And then to another grocery store to pick up some Seltzer Water for our evening drink with Gin. As we said earlier, we are more than a little high now.
By now, it was 15:39.
All the while, the Coffee in the travel mug was still very hot. Hey, the coffee in our old mug would barely stay hot for more than 15-20-minutes.
We came home a short while later. And kept sipping our Hot Coffee in the mug as we checked the comments on the SI blog.
More than two hours after we purchased the Coffee, holy cow, it was still hot.
The lid was tight and while the bottom of the mug didn’t fit smug in our car’s cup-holder the coffee didn’t spill one bit.
By the way, we haven’t tested the Thermos Nissan Travel Mug for cold drinks yet. One of these days, we we will and update this post.
But if like us, you are using the travel mug primarily for Hot Coffee you can’t go wrong with the Thermos Nissan 14-oz travel mug.
We strongly recommend it. As you can see in the above picture, it’s got a convenient handle too.
Worth the $25.42, folks.
Update (Sept. 27, 2011):
The other day the Thermos Nissan fell to the carpeted floor from the coffee table.
Even though the mug was nearly full, not a drop of coffee spilled on the carpet.