December 30, 2020
Stephanie and I got matching Ember cups for Christmas. I’m generally happy with mine, but there are some things that folks should know to avoid frustration.
First, here’s what this cup is not:
This may sound like I’m kinda down on the cup, but that’s not the case! For my use case, it’s actually just fine. I bought this to sit at my office desk and keep my drink toasty while I ignore it for long periods of time. In this use case, I would have the charging base on my desk and the cup would be charging most of the time. If I want to work outside or in another room, I can have a hot drink for 45 minutes or so, which isn’t too bad.
This cup replaces a HydroFlask mug that I’ve been using. The HydroFlask is still expensive for a cup, but it’s a lot cheaper than the ember and does do a pretty good job keeping drinks warm, but it’s got a few downsides. While it does a great job keeping drinks toasty, it doesn’t keep them warm forever. Second, it’s a little too insulated; if you put boiling hot water in it, the water will be too hot to drink for a long time. The trick is to keep the the lid off for a while, until it hits drinkable temp and then slap the lid on to preserve the temperature. Get this timing wrong and you scald your mouth or end up with a lukewarm drink. Second, it’s a metal cup with a plastic lid, so it gets a bit of the weird travel-mug tastes. I don’t know what the Ember is made out of, but it doesn’t taste or smell any different then a ceramic mug. Also, since the Ember has no lid, it very quickly cools down to the perfect drinking temperature and stays there.
Would I recommend that someone buy an Ember mug? Maybe? It’s $130, so it’s not a trivial purchase. If you get your coffee from a already-warmed source (i.e. not a cold Chemex) and you spend most of your time drinking from a place where you can plug in a charging puck, then I’d consider it.
If Ember releases a new model with a quick-charge mode and a robust heating element that can reheat my cold coffee in a reasonable amount of time, I would reccomend the cup with no reservations.
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