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This girl knows how to nurse a cup of coffee. From first sip to last, an hour has passed, maybe even two. In that hour, work gets done, books get read, TV gets watched—all with a steady drip of caffeine into my system. There’s no art in gulping coffee down from a cardboard cup. But savoring a full mug is one of life’s greatest luxuries. And yeah, most mugs don’t hold heat well. By the end, I’m swigging down lukewarm coffee, or I’ve already gotten up twice to microwave some life into it.
So I’m not exaggerating when I say that Ember’s temperature control ceramic mug has changed every single morning of my life. It’s not exactly cheap: The 14 oz. version, which holds the two-cupper I make every morning, costs $130. The smaller, 10 oz. mug costs $80 (and it comes in white, too). But Ember uses patented tech to keep coffee heated until the very end. To me, that’s worth it.
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Using the Ember mug is simple: You charge it, turn it on, pour a hot beverage into it, and drink. The controls are intuitive: press the power button once to turn on, hold it to turn off, hold it for five seconds to pair, etc. By pairing it via Bluetooth to your phone, you can use the Ember app to specify what kind of beverage you’re drinking—like tea, espresso, or a latte—and it’ll suggest the ideal temperature for each, anywhere from 120 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. For instance, the app suggests 135 degrees for coffee, but I like mine to scald a bit more, and so I dial it up to 140. And when the pre-programmed temperature has been reached, Ember sends your phone a notification.
It looks great.
The Ember mug is minimalist and sturdy, and its matte black surface hides the fact that it’s actually got some impressive heating mechanisms inside. (The outside of the mug is never too hot to the touch, by the way.) The power button is hidden on the bottom, and the indicator light pulses gently near the base. You can even customize the color of the LED light, so it displays the hue you like best. The app itself isn’t crowded with unnecessary information or controls. You’re just drinking coffee, after all. It’s not rocket science.
It’s easy to incorporate into your morning routine.
Granted, the Ember’s battery life isn’t great—it only carries about an hour of charge, so there’s a limit to how long you can keep your drink hot. But if you get into the habit of putting it on its charging dock every night before you go to bed, that’s more than enough time for it to be ready to go in the early AM, when you shuffle into the kitchen to flip on the coffee maker or boil the tea. And the charging doc is small, so it’ll fit onto your counter or in your cabinet to store until it’s time to nurse a full mug again.