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Cold coffee sucks. When I heard there’s a new gadget that can keep your coffee at the perfect temperature, I knew I had to try it. The Ember mug is a rechargeable insulated travel mug that promises to keep your beverage at what it calls the perfect drinking temperature for hours.
Don’t think of Ember as a heating mug. Instead it’s built for cooling and holding temperature. I initially thought it was going to keep my coffee at stovetop temperature until I was ready to drink it. Not so; the Ember mug is designed to let your beverage cool to a drinkable temperature you select then hold it there.
When you’re ready to transport your beverage pour it in and press the Ember power button. The mug will remember your last preset temperature or you can adjust it tin the app or by dialling it in using the temperature control ring on the bottom of the mug.
The built in battery on the Ember keeps your drink at temperature for about 2 hours in my experience.
Indeed that’s true as I found that with the lid open, my beverage cooled much more quickly.
One way to keep your drink at optimal temperature longer is to use the charging coaster.
A big complaint with travel mugs is that they can leak like a son of a gun. I’ve gone through many travel mugs and many wet lunch bags thanks too poorly ceiling travel mugs. I was pleasantly pleased to see that the 360° lead seals magnificently. The 360° lid refers to the fact you can drink it from any angle; there’s not just one spelled for opening in the lid, so wherever you grab it from you’ll always get a sip.
You can use this mug in Fahrenheit or Celsius and with iPhone or Android phones.
If you like piping hot coffee, this mug is not for you. As i said before, the idea behind this mug is that it cools and holds temperature, and the top end heat level, 62.5 degrees isn;t what I’d call piping hot. It’s drinkable.
If you’re the kind of person who is forever burning their tonge on scalding liquids, this mug is perfect for you since you can control the heat. No more tentative sips and scalded mouths. With Ember, you’ll always know the beverage you love is perfectly drinkable.
I love the idea of this mug and found it easy to use and that it operates precisely as it describes.
The 2 hour battery life is a bit disappointing for me; I’d love a bit more juice out of this mug. But at the same time, 2 hours is all Ember promises. Of course if you need your beverage hot a bit longer, using it with the coaster is the answer.
I realized after this experiment I actually prefer to start drinking my coffee when its much hotter, and the top end temperature of the Ember mug, 62.5 degrees, just isn’t hot enough for me.
Whether or not you should get this mug depends on the kind of hot beverage drinker you are; if you need your drink piping hot, this isn’t for you. If you will only sip when it’s cool enough, you could get a lot of mileage out of the Ember mug.
The Ember mug aint cheap; it sells for about $150, at Starbucks and from Ember’s website.