I seem to have a thing for travel mugs. I’ve had my favourites over the years, but the most amazing coffee mug I have owned thus far has to be this beauty from Contigo.

I drink my coffee pretty slowly, and don’t like to reheat. The Contigo mug has a patented auto-seal lid, that apart from being practically leak-proof, (a quality that I need all to often), keeps the heat in better than any mug I’ve owned before.

I’ve had mine for about ten months now, and aside from a few scratches, the travel mugs still look great and function perfectly.


I’m not going to wax eloquently about how green I am for using a reusable coffee mug, because inevitably, someone will come up with a calculation that says that the embodied energy in this stainless steel mug is equivalent to thousands of paper cups. Thankfully, the body of the mug is recyclable as it is not a composite of metal and plastic, it is just stainless steel.

In other news, Castlegar is getting its first big chain (fancy!)coffee shop – Starbucks is opening in the entrance to the newly renovated Safeway, what puzzles me is that there is nowhere to sit and enjoy the coffee, (as far as I can see). Partly because of this, I’m not likely to be a regular patron of this Starbucks. If not me, (a self-confessed caffeine and fancy coffee addict), who then is the target market for this store? Do these cops look thirsty to you?

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

4 replies on “The World’s Best Travel Mug”

  1. I thought Tim Hortons was a big chain coffee shop?

    My regret is that it with Starbucks coming to Castlegar means the locally owned and run coffee shops will take a beating. Always the public gravitates to the brand names.

    I try to patronise the small business people, who keep their money in the community and supports the local people with their donations of time and money.

  2. I have read some reviews about the lid trapping coffee. Over time, it actually create problem. Have you came across the problem?

Comments are closed.