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30 March 2020

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  1. What’s the muggiest mug?

    If you were to buy one new mug, the most muggy of mugs, what would it be?

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    @tobybarnes I just wondered if there were slight differences in quality, shape, etc between different classic mugs. I only have the one Victor mug and it’s been a long time since I was in an American diner/cafe/etc unfortunately.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @holgate Both nice! I wasn’t aware of the RAF mug before. Looks good.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @tobybarnes Something for everyone! Is there a lot of variation in your classic mug collection?

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    @nickheger They're nice, but I feel I'd need to be more rugged to earn one :)

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @ade_oshineye Nice and simple!

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @tomafro That's a good daydream - I might see you there!

  • philgyford’s avatar

    This is like the kettles all over again. Which is a good thing. Maybe I should start a crowd-sourced Which?/Wirecutter. twitter.com/philgyford/sta…

    philgyford’s avatar

    Anyone got a kettle they really like? We need a new one. I’m not sure one can feel excited about a kettle but they’re all a bit mehhhhh.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @seeing_clearly That's a bit olde worlde for my more modernist tastes but the first one is lovely, thank you!

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @wildonion @floriangadsby Ooh, nice. For some reason I hadn't thought about nice ceramics before this thread and I'm realising how silly that was.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @mrstth I don't know why they don't make them the other way round. Maybe this is a gap in the market and you could make your fortune?

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @tomskitomski @indec @pikesley @ianbetteridge Surely that's a little too subtle? There should be different left- and right-handed versions with the outerside, when drinking, embossed with "LE CREUSET ACTUALLY".

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @dannyboy They look lovely!

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @tomskitomski @indec @pikesley @ianbetteridge I've just seen, from another photo, that they're LE CREUSET branded on the outside which rules them out for me I'm afraid. I don't want to unavoidably confront my middle-class-ness with every drink.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @tomskitomski @indec @pikesley @ianbetteridge Our mug requirements and tastes are entirely independent, as with so many things.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @indec @tomskitomski @pikesley @ianbetteridge Four votes for Le Creuset mugs! I didn't even know there was such a thing.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @irvinebrown Interesting, ta! I’m not sure a “design classic” is always the same as, e.g., the chair of all chairs. Some are a bit too unusual or quirky.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @phillmv I think a glass mug for tea would be a bit odd here I'm afraid, for standard tea-with-milk anyway. I'm not much into fancier teas.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @phillmv Conversely, I wonder if having a thick, sturdy mug, like a diner mug, is better at keeping a drink warm if it has been heated with hot water prior to filling with coffee? I am no physicist.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @phillmv A lot could be written about the conflict of buying a single good tool for a general task vs buying a single good tool for every specific task. A tricky balance! I don't do (c) or (d) so that makes it a little easier.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @pdcawley Ooh, very nice! Might be worth me waiting until After...

    Yes, the crack is sad. Obviously we shall have to delay the standard mass gathering to mourn this mug's demise.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @arsatiki For some reason the big pictures won't load for me but yes, big can be good… although I already have a tendency to not quite finish cups of tea so that might be dangerous.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @paulpod I applaud your long-term testing regime.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @metabrew I shall do so now! But it does look a little… evil...?

  • philgyford’s avatar

    (I nearly wrote that blog post as a Twitter thread, but I had a stern word with myself and sanity prevailed.)

  • philgyford’s avatar

    An important question. My favourite mug has a leaky crack. If you were to buy a single new mug to use for everything – the muggiest mug, the mug of all mugs, the ur-mug – what would it be? My thoughts are wrote here: gyford.com/phil/writing/2…

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  • pdcawley’s avatar

    @philgyford I remember talking to John Leach and he spoke of drinking is morning mug of tea from a mug made by someone he knew as “shaking hands with a friend” and that very much stuck. We do have some factory ware mugs, but they are mugs of last resort.