An important question… My favourite mug has developed a leaky crack. If you were going to buy one new mug to use for everything — tea, coffee, whatever — what would it be? The mug of all mugs. The one mug to rule them all. The canonical mug. The ur-mug.
Some of my thoughts…
§ A white cylindrical mug is maybe the muggiest of all mugs. But it’s too characterless without a slogan, such as “I♥️NY”, and I don’t want a slogan.
§ The classic Victor diner mug must be the ultimate of American coffee mugs. I love these — they are solid, smooth, comfortable and weighty. But, while they’re one of the best coffee mugs they feel a bit too redolent of coffee to also drink tea out of. And, fatally, the rounded top causes dribbles while drinking, in my dribbly experience. Maybe modern non-Victor variations have solved that flaw?
§ A vintage cornishware straight-sided mug. I like modern cornishware mugs (my now-cracked mug is one) but those shown there have had some of their character rounded off. This older one is solid, upright, full of post-war Britain, with a lovely handle that beckons your thumb over.