Favourite Coffee/tea Mug

Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by Clive_ofthe_Kremlin, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    I have a black one adorned, in flashy gold script, with the shameless lie "Watford FC - Simply the Best!". That has survived about 30 years and countless house moves.

    Another of my favourites was a beautiful ornate "Victory to the Miners!" mug, which was only rarely brought out to serve tea to visiting senior managers to our Euston railway ops control office. Unfortunately dropped and smashed in the early 90s.

    We gave our eldest, Aethelred the Unready, a mug from Lidl for Xmas that changes colour when you put hot water in it. He loves it and it's the only one he uses.

    What receptacles hold a special fond affection in YOUR life? Eh?
     
  2. Robert Peel

    Robert Peel Reservist

    I have a nice "collection" of mugs from teams I've been to watch on my holidays.

    At work I use my Partizan Belgrade mug, at home I rotate, but I particularly like the VVV Venlo and Borac Banja Luka mugs.

    I did have a Manic Street Preachers mug with "Hell is other people" on one side but it got broken.
     
  3. Maninblack

    Maninblack Reservist

    1984 FA Cup Final mug with the players' autographs printed on (from the days when you could read autographs). As opposed to a 2019 FA Cup final mug with lots of flags on, which I gather didn't sell that well...
     
  4. Cassetti's Beard

    Cassetti's Beard First Team

    If I ever see someone at work with a mug like the below I instantly stop talking to them
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  5. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Having your own mug is an evil capitalist concept that I fervently disagree with.
    At work I use whichever mug is in the kitchen that has someone else's name on it. I make sure I use it for soup and leave it dirty on the draining board after use.

    The mug I use at home most is one of those massive Sports Direct ones which I purchased form a charity shop for 50p. It's the only mug I've found that delivers enough tea to satisfy my powerfully built frame.
     
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  6. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Excellent I'll get a bulk order in.
     
  7. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    I've got a mug from the cuba solidarity society with "hasta la victoria siempre" with an upside down exclamation mark on it, and a picture of che guevara looking hunky.

    It was a gift but I like it, it's a good size and chunky.

    True story.
     
  8. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Size and chunkyness is more important than what's on it imho.

    I have a Porsche mug (don't actually have any particular liking for the cars themselves) which is midway size between a regular mug and the Sports Direct monster mugs. It has dead straight sides, a nice chunky handle and it's sort of double thick. Feels solid, just a nice mug to drink tea from.
     
  9. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    On my last day working for the tube they had a ritual smashing of my Watford mug, and this was back when we were proper sh*t.
    Where I work now we're spread out over several floors and when cups go floor hopping it causes huge issues. Obviously being one of the first in every day I'm prone to moving a few about.
     
  10. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Last week then?
     
  11. Hornet4ever

    Hornet4ever WFC Forums Last Man Standing Winner 2018/2019

    But can anyone explain why tea/coffee tastes better in certain mugs? It's one of life's eternal mysteries.

    Got a yellow 1987 Watford mug & coffee in any other vessel doesn't normally cut it.
     
  12. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    I've got one which says "Keep calm and drink tea" lol

    I don't even like tea. LOL!
     
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  13. Filbert

    Filbert Leicester supporting bloke

    You whacky so and so!
     
  14. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Pwopa pwopa nawty geeza!
     
  15. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    My work mug is Star Wars themed, with 'The Force Awakens with a nice cup of tea' written simply on it. When someone else uses it, I'm not impressed. At home I use a mug with lots of different sports things drawn on it, like football, snooker, rugby, fishing etc.. this was a gift from my late Nan, so sentimental of course. I had a great Watford mug, probably purchased in the early 90's, but around 1999/2000ish time my Mum dropped it and smashed it. I have never forgiven her for this crime, which must be around 20 years ago now. My replacement Watford mug is very meh, and only gets an outing at home if we have a large number of guests or haven't been bothered to keep on top of the washing up.
     
  16. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    Yep spot on. It's hard to pinpoint what makes the perfect mug, but when you pick one up you just know.

    As an aside, I find drinking out of a black mug horrendous. Needs to be white or some other light colour.
     
  17. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    We bought one of these (with funding from the EU with a stipulation that it has to be used for commercial work) and the deal had two staff training sessions, installation/setup and insurance for parts (software included) and labour for a year which set 'us' back the other side of 300 grand. Come installation, I inform them "I want a mug" which they refuse. When I arrange the first training session, I tell them I want a mug brought over and, again, it's declined. Six months later I arrange the advanced user training session and I remind them to bring over a mug they don't. One year and two days after purchase/installation it stops working and I arrange for an engineer to come out - call out fee's £300 + VAT which includes two hours labour - Ok, I tell them but I want a mug. The engineer (AKA "bloke who arrives with 100 photocopied pages of a diagnostic flow charts") arrives, without a mug, and after two hours and fifteen billable (at £125 p/h +VAT) minutes discovers that the dongle in the back of the device's PC that contains the mapping software has failed we have to replace it at £350 + VAT - I agree on the condition that I get a mug (I don't get one).

    Fast forward three years, new job and I'm at a biomaterials conference and Zygo have a stand. I tell a rep, drinking from a Zygo branded mug, my tale of mug denial and ask him for a mug - he says no just as a scientist from MSD (who I did I lot of surface mapping work for on the Zygo) comes into the stand and the rep becomes very interested in her as it seems like MSD liked the mapping data so much they're looking at buying one for their own QC/QA dept - the Zygo rep goes off with her so I steal his half full Zygo mug. I go to the event's cafe and demand that they put my drink in my newly won trophy and I bump into the lady from MSD (who's with a group of very senior bods from MSD). We sit down and I tell them the entire tale of my mug quest and she is laughing so hard she falls off her chair and knocks my mug off the table where it shatters into pieces. I'm not laughing.

    The very senior bods assure me that with the proposed deal they're going to be making with Zygo it won't be a problem to get a mug and off one goes to the stand and returns 5 mins later without a mug. I'm distraught so the very senior MSD guys hatch a plan where they will return to the stand, distract the reps to allow me to steal another one. This I do, but I steal a box of 10 and when I meet up with the MSD guys/accomplices after the crime, they blackmail me by telling me that they'll grass me up if they don't get nine of them...
     
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  18. nascot

    nascot First Team

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  19. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    My favourite mug is a cheap, plain white mug we bought in France when staying on a campsite. The chalet mobile only had a few cups so I bought a couple more for a euro each.

    One survived the journey back home. I’ve never had a disappointing cuppa in it. Aesthetically, thermally, proportionally, it is perfect. Why? Je ne sais quoi, but I salute the French and their knowledge of how to live. Formidable.
     
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  20. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    Plenty of mugs would buy that.
     
  21. nascot

    nascot First Team

    That didn't take long.
     
  22. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    Whereas you had all night to think of a better riposte to Clive. :)
     
  23. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    There is a theory that if you don't use a white cup/mug you can't accurately gauge by the colour differentiation to the liquid, how much milk to put in.
    Not sure I subscribe to that.
     
  24. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    My wife got me a Yeti mug for Christmas. I was pretty skeptical, but they are really good. Keeps the liquid inside piping hot for hours.

    Not that I tend to take that long to drink a cup of tea, but it does keep it lovely and hot from the first sip to the last. Also nice if you get pulled away from your desk after making it (I take mine to work) - the drink is still hot when you get back. Lovely.

    I'm fairly sure they're borderline indestructible through normal usage, too.
     
  25. a19tgg

    a19tgg Reservist

    Scientifically, both on a conscious and subconscious level the what we drink something out of has an impact on our enjoyment of that said drink, especially when it comes to alcohol.

    With beer as an example, the brewing companies spend a lot of time and money developing the glass for them. They will go round to pubs and spot check their beer is being served in the correct glasses.

    In blind tests people favour inferior brandies and congnacs served in heavier glasses, as the specific weight of the glass adds the enjoyment and therefore influences the perception of the taste.

    I have a friend who will only drink G&T out of one of those big bowl glasses, he won’t drink them out of those traditional cylindrical glasses everything used to be served in. The visual aspect of the glass as well as the feel add to the experience and therefore the taste.
     
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  26. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    I'm not sure how helpful that actually is - tea usually needs to be able to cool down a tad after pouring in order to actually be drinkable, otherwise aren't you having to wait bloomin' ages before you can enjoy your cuppa without scalding your mouth?
     
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  27. Hornet4ever

    Hornet4ever WFC Forums Last Man Standing Winner 2018/2019

    Am I the only person who puts a dash of milk in first? Better taste & keeps the drink hotter.
     
  28. Hornet4ever

    Hornet4ever WFC Forums Last Man Standing Winner 2018/2019

    Yup I believe this. Brain can play tricks on the senses.

    Pretty sure pretty packaging counts for many peoples food choices when they are scanning the supermarket aisles.
     
  29. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    They have a lid that seals the heat in.

    You boil the water, pour, brew, then put the lid on once it's reached a reasonable drinking temp.
     
  30. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    It does. That's why pet food is often dyed and put in eye catching packages: to appeal to humans.

    The animals don't give a monkey's.

    In a similar vein, studies have shown that people who think they're drinking alcohol but actually aren't will start acting drunk. Our brains are often bizarre.
     
  31. Sahorn

    Sahorn Reservist

    One of my favourite mugs - a hand me down family heirloom when football was football, men were men, tackles were tackles and diving was wot was banned at the swimming pool..
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  32. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    A leg-breaker from the Arsenal player. Not seen for several decades.
     
  33. nascot

    nascot First Team

    Unlike you I'm not on this site day and night ;)
     
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  34. Hornpete

    Hornpete Squad Player

    I think I'm on a different level of conciousness because I drink anything from anything and don't care. Aside from in a pub I think I'd be upset getting a guinness in an ale jug.

    On a trip to France we brought back 2 pots of mustard, one in a pink glass container and one in a blue. The pink one is now my wife's glass and the blue mine. Wine, whiskey, champagne, cava, cider, g&t, baileys, port, sherry, vodka, everything just goes in these cheap small glasses. I've learnt this from my wife who would happily drink wine from a mug and called me posh for laughing about it.
     
  35. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Pink for a girl and blue for a boy: gender-specific colours. Interestingly, this convention only started around the 1940s.
     

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