The elusive Goldilocks coffee / latte mug

Sep 6, 2012

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So here’s the deal, whilst I am in the beginnings of my unemployment/fun-employment/self-employment stretch I am focusing on developing a good routine for myself. Otherwise I am certain that I will spiral straight down terror alley into the depths of depression and self doubt and be living IN Astoria Park by December. OK, not really. Judging by my temp staffing interview yesterday I’m pretty sure my data entry skills are sufficient enough to keep me from being homeless. However, what I’m really focusing on these days is finding the right coffee mug. That’s right, you heard me, priorities. The morning ritual is everything.

You see forever and ever, or at least a few years I’ve had this ONE favorite coffee mug. It looked something like this.

nice latte mug, but not cute

Ok, this isn’t the exact mug, but you get the idea. You see, the ‘Rooms did a gig a few years back and came home with a coffee mug that looked like this, but had his show logo or something or other on it. It wasn’t particularly cute, it never showed up on Instagram, but it WAS in my hand every. single. morning. It was the perfect size and shape. Held lots o’ coffee but was equally stable for unstable morning activities. Like showering, checking the internets, scrolling Twitter still in bed, or walking the dog.

One day it had an unfortunate accident with a vigorous dish-washing and our ceramic sink… In it’s absence I’ve been forced to choose between a regular sized coffee mug which is ridiculously inadequate and this huge bowl of a thing from IKEA which holds the right amount, but the surface area of the coffee is too wide and cools too quickly. Plus, wildly unstable and the slosh factor is super high.

Therefore as you can see, this tall option is the best for me. Turns out after extensive googling (see also: unemployment) this is not called a coffee mug, but a latte mug. Excuse me. Whatever, I don’t drink lattes. Not even pumpkin spice. But, for the life of me I can’t find a cute latte mug out there. Everything is so plain, and the options on Etsy seem to be more in the vein of Regretsy.

At long last here are the best of the internets right now. *Note: not ruling out an actual coffee mug, if only for Instagram styling purposes.

coffee and latte mug options from Target, CB2, Marimekko, and Crate and Barrel

NUMBER ONE :: Cute, totally awesome from Target, but comes in a set of four? No thanks. I have tons of coffee mugs, just need the one.

NUMBER TWO :: Bright lil’ yellow thing from CB2, dig the square handle but can I get a large size?

NUMBER THREE :: Big boring receptacle from Crate and Barrel, but the 2.5 cup capacity draws me in.

NUMBER FOUR :: Adorable wee vessel from Marimekko, obviously stylish, but 8oz? Come on, stop calling that a coffee mug. Tea maybe? Espresso?

As you can see I have a big decision to make. Better do that over a cup of joe. Do you have a favorite morning ritual? Only drink coffee from your alma mater mug? Tweet me a photo!

// all product images as linked


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elizabeth September 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

number one because a) it’s bumpy and i LOVE tactile things and 2) well, because it’s bumpy.

I have it and love it (and I don’t even drink coffee) and it feels great in your hands. I bought just 2 a few months back in the store so maybe online they force you to buy 4? a close second is number 4 because I love black and white but 8 oz isn’t a good size for anything.
good luck!


Beckie September 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

yesssss! you mean, if I go to an actual store, with actual human beings, and actual things I can buy JUST THE ONE! Ding ding ding, we might have a winner.

Lauren September 6, 2012 at 11:22 am

Ahhh, I love you!!! I love #1


Rachel September 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

#1 for the win!


Design Thoughts~Kim September 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Wow sister, you have a LOT on your plate!! I mean, the whole self employment is going to take up a lot of your time for sure, BUT who knew you had to ALSO rearrange your day to select a coffee mug!! Yikes!! Deep breaths and positive attitude will be sure to manifest that comfy cup ;) PS…I love the nibs on number 1!!!


Design Thoughts~Kim September 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Ps. Have I mentioned what an inspiration you are? I can only pray that I get up enough nerve at some point to take that leap and go for my dreams!! You rock!!


Beckie September 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Oh my dearest Kim. You are too kind. The perk of being in my late 20’s, childless, and unmarried, is that I can make wild rash decisions based solely on ME.

Joe September 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm

It would be great if all of those designs could be combined into one mug.


Beckie September 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

this is my dream

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