One of the few good things of 2020 was realising how pointless it is spending money daily on expensive takeaway coffee.
Depending on how you like your coffee, a decent filter machine and some good quality coffee can often compete well with many store-bought options and at a fraction of the price.
If you get a coffee machine, another good upgrade is a decent burr grinder for whole beans. Coffee Geek's coffee burr grinder recommendation is a good starting point.
With many of us now back in the office, and the weather getting cold, it is a great idea to invest in a thermos flask so you can continue to have high-quality coffee without paying the prices.
Furthermore, anyone wanting to be healthy and cut down on the costs; they are superb for taking your homemade soup to work with too.
Best Small Thermos
|Amazon Brand - Umi Double Walled Vacuum Insulated Flask,...||3,976 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
I'd be inclined to spend a little extra on a bigger bottom, but if space is a premium, then the affordable option by Amazon-owned Umi is a good choice.
Best Mid Size Thermos
|Thermos 81092 Flask, Stainless Steel, Raspberry, 1.2L||£30.00||Buy on Amazon|
Under £17 for 1.2L from the biggest brand in the business, it is not even worth look at other options.
For context, a Starbucks Venti is 20oz so 590ml or a Grande is 16oz/473ml so that's 2 or 3 big cups of coffee you can take with you. Two Venti Americanos are about £5
Best Big Thermos
|Stanley Classic Legendary Bottle 1.9L / 2.0QT Hammertone...||£41.68||Buy on Amazon|
It is big, and it is expensive, this will carry soup or drinks for multiple people, or a serious caffeine junkie.
Alternative option: ONEISALL 91oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Flask from £38
There is big; then there is massive. This gigantic vacuum flask will hold 2.6L
Best Insulated Coffee Mug
|Contigo West Loop Autoseal Travel Mug, Stainless Steel...||£25.70||Buy on Amazon|
Travel coffee mugs are the main option I go for, allowing me to make a good large cup of coffee on the commute to work, allowing me to skip Starbucks.
Best Insulated Food Jars
|WisFox Food Flask Insulated 304 Stainless Steel Food Jar...||3,497 Reviews||£17.99||Buy on Amazon|
If you want something a little more substantial than soup, an insulated food flask could be the solution. It's basically the same as the other, but the opening of the flask is much larger, allowing you to use a spoon. They come in multiple shapes, but I am greedy, and the largest I can find is 750ml
Alternative option: Thermos Stainless King Food Flask from £24.29
Obviously, a much more reputable brand and not much difference in size or price so certainly worth considering, Thermos also do a smaller 470ml model, but it is not much cheaper so I would only consider it if you are short on carrying space.
Best Smart Thermos
|Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug, 12 oz, Black, 2-hr...||Buy on Amazon|
This wouldn't be a tech blog without at least one smart product, the price of this mug makes it a little niche, but if you want your drink at a very specific temperature, then the Ember is the way to go.
This 12oz/340ml smart mug will keep your drink at a set temperature which you set via the app with temperature ranges between 50°C and 62.5°C.
This insulated mug then has a 2-hour battery life and will wake up and shut off automatically as the temperature moves up and down. The mug can then also be charged via a QI charging coaster (included) allowing you to keep your drink at an ideal temperature all day.
Affordable option: flintronic Travel Mugs from £10
You can't set your temperature so this may be no use for people wanting to avoid overheating their coffee, but this filtronic travel mug offers a temperature display allowing you to know when your drink is too hot or cold.
Best Portable French Press
|WACACO Pipamoka Portable Coffee Maker, Mini Travel Coffee...||£49.90||Buy on Amazon|
The Ember may be an impressive bit of tech, but a portable coffee maker will be a more logical solution for most coffee fans. There are lots of options on the market, all of which look impressive. The WACACO is the one I chose as it uses a twisting cap to generate pressure inside the mug for a quicker and superior brew (similar to the AeroPress concept). The biggest downside to this is that it is only 295ml.
Alternative option: BODUM Travel French Press Coffee Maker from £18.60
Same concept but this is a manual French press style coffee maker, and from reputable brand Bodum, it is cheaper and stores a bit more coffee at 350ml
Alternative to a thermos
|New Ember Temperature-Control Smart Mug 2, 295 ml, White,...||£128.99||Buy on Amazon|
I mostly work from home now, so my main problem is not keeping my coffee warm on the way to work, but keeping it warm as I get distracted by work while drinking it.
The Ember Smart Mug 2 is a bit more useful than their insulated mug, in my opinion. It uses the same concept, being a battery-powered mug that is then charged via a QI coaster, so I don't have to remember to place it on the coaster each time I take a sip.
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