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Not all coffee mugs have to be clunky pieces of ceramic that you bought as a souvenir or got for free at a company event. In fact, there are plenty of design-forward mugs out there. One of the most beloved varieties is the glass coffee mug, which gives you a crystal-clear view of your hot drink.
Yes, you can drink coffee or tea out of a glass mug. But it can’t be just any old tumbler—make sure that the glassware you’re using for hot liquids is borosilicate glass, which is stronger and can hold hot liquids without shattering. Another consideration to make when buying a glass mug is ensuring that they’re double-walled. This will help keep your beverage insulated, so it won’t get cold too quickly. The rest really comes down to preference—every mug will be a slightly different size and style, so it depends entirely on how hefty your morning cup of joe is.
You don’t just have to use these for coffee, either. The beauty of a glass mug is that, unlike other chintzier cups, you’ll want to use them to hold other beverages too. Here are 10 of the best.
Founded in the 1700s, Zwilling J. A. Henckels is a German company that makes some of the best cookware and kitchen tools, particularly scissors and knives. The brand’s foray into glassware, though not as storied, is equally up to snuff, with pieces that are meticulously crafted to really boost the drinking experience. This mug, designed by Matteo Thun, for one, is made of borosilicate glass that’ll keep any hot beverage nice and toasty.
Sometimes, it’s the simple things that have the biggest impact. Fully backing this sentiment is Viva, a Danish label founded in 2010 that takes classic styles and updates them with high design principles. Take, for example, this glass mug; there are no bells and whistles, no unnecessary flourishes. It’s all about the sleek silhouette and the durable borosilicate glass.
Founded in 2007, Puebco is a Japanese company with the belief that objects should tell a story. This is why all its pieces are handmade from recycled materials, flaws and imperfections included. Indeed, the dispensers, bottles and glasses that the brand offers are all unique, as if they were uncovered from an estate sale. Prime example: this mug, made of heat-resistant glass.
Huckberry carries some of the best brands that create products built for the great outdoors—the kinds of durable styles that last the long haul. Its own pieces, like this amber glass coffee cup, of course, fit the same bill. It’s made of high borosilicate glass with double-walled construction, perfect for sipping a cup of joe beside a campfire.
Cut glass with intricate surfaces doesn’t have to be relegated to cocktails—at least not if HMM has anything to do about it. The brand was founded to offer just this: beautifully-designed vessels—all of which are handmade by Taiwanese artisans from recycled materials— made to pour in your favorite tea or coffee.
In the glassware universe, especially tumblers, Godinger is one of the leaders. The company has been around since the 1970s, offering pieces that encase cocktails like few others could. And if you want to add a dose of whiskey to your cup of joe, this is the mug to do it in.
When it comes to glass coffee mugs, you can’t go wrong with this set from Eparé. The 12-ounce duo has a double-walled design—great for keeping your beverage hot and your fingers from burning—and is made of hand-blown glass. Its design also prevents condensation, so on the off chance that you do put some ice water in your cup, you won’t need a coaster. And, since it’s made of borosilicate glass, it can take a beating and is completely dishwasher safe.
If you’re looking for a set of glass coffee mugs for both you and other coffee drinkers in your family, then Brew to a Tea’s offering is the best place to start. The pack includes four mugs, which can hold 16 ounces of liquid each—more than any other cup on this list. Like any good mug, it’s made of borosilicate glass, so you won’t have to worry about breaking it. Plus, it won’t scratch or chip easily either, so it will stay looking good for years to come. If you’re just looking for a mug or two, though, this package may be a bit excessive.
If you want to break from the traditional coffee mug look a bit, then Kitchables’ package is the way to go. It consists of two glass coffee mugs, which are both slightly taller and leaner than your run-of-the-mill offerings. And they don’t sacrifice functionality, either, as both can hold 15 ounces of coffee or tea, which is significantly more than the 12-ounce norm. Most importantly, they’re very durable and can be put in the microwave or the dishwasher without any issue.
Just because a dish is made of glass doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be heavy. Sweese’s pair of glass mugs proves just that, as both are just about one pound each, meaning they’re easy to pick up and move from place to place. Both can hold 12.5 ounces of coffee, tea, lemonade or whatever else you can think of and have the all-important double-walled design, so they won’t break and you won’t ever get burned. And since they’re more compact than most other glass coffee mugs, they won’t take up too much space in your cabinet.