Are you aware that the cup or mug you choose to drink your morning coffee or during your coffee break is much more than just a vessel that holds your latte or cappuccino?
Polystyrene Foam Cups and Plastic
Most of you by now should be aware that drinking your hot coffee out of polystyrene foam or plastic is not really a great idea. The reason is by doing so, toxins from the cup can seep not only into your coffee but can also affect the taste of your favorite coffee that you just brewed.
Your hot coffee can begin to acquire the flavor of the material of the cup in which it's served. Most of you hate the idea of your freshly brewed aromatic coffee being replaced by plastic-flavored coffee.
Furthermore, plastic retain the flavor and smell of liquid that has been previously served in it, so they make for a bad choice in the long-term if you want to maintain a high quality standards for your coffee.
Thus, try not to use polystyrene foam cup and plastic if possible.
Porcelain or Ceramic Mugs
Coffee cups and mugs are usually made of glazed ceramic, and have a single handle for portability while the beverage is hot. Ceramic construction allows a beverage to be drunk while hot, providing insulation to the beverage, and can be quickly washed with cold water without fear of breakage.
Porcelain or ceramic coffee cups and mugs are a much better alternative to polystyrene foam or plastic, as they aren't porous and won't really change the flavor or taste of your coffee.
Stainless Steel Thermos Travel Mug
For those who are always on the go and are really too busy to drink your morning coffee at home, the best option is to use a stainless steel thermos travel mug.
The material which is made of high quality stainless steel will help protect the temperature of your coffee, whether you're enjoying it hot or cold, and it will stay that way for longer period of time.
Like porcelain or ceramic mugs, stainless steel isn't porous and will not add any extra flavoring to your coffee. However, like polystyrene foam cups and plastic it does retain the flavor and smell of liquid that has been previously served in it, so they make for a bad choice in the long-term if you really want to maintain a high quality standards for your coffee.
On many occasions, you found that hot coffee is served in paper cups. Unless you bring your own coffee mug to the office, you're probably going to enjoy your coffee break using paper cups.
When paper gets wet, it gets soggy and some of it inevitably winds up in your coffee. This can affect slightly the flavor of your coffee. But unlike polystyrene foam and plastic, paper is natural and isn't thought to be toxic to the body.
Overall, is still the best is to go with a ceramic cup or mug that you can reuse, but not only for the sake it does not change the taste of your coffee but also to protect the environment as well.