I. Love. Coffee.
Plenty of milk. 2 sweeteners.
And my favourite mug.
Have you ever noticed how a cuppa tastes completely different in a favourite mug? No? I challenge you to test my theory!
I Love Coffee.
But only in my red Nescafé cup that I, for some reason or another, received free in the post. It gives me the perfect cuppa every single time. And it fits in my hands perfectly.
I have a variety of mugs in my cupboard. But I will only use my little red mug. The rest are for visitors.
Same with hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate doesn’t taste as good in my little red coffee mug.
Nope, I have a tall cream mug for hot chocolate. I purchased it as part of a set, which also came with a chocolate grater & a teeny tiny whisk. Both of which I’ve never used. What can I say, I’m a simple kinda girl. I just wanted the mug.
Anyhow, my hot chocolate mug gives me the perfect cup of hot chocolate every single time.
A teeny bit of milk. 1 sweetener.
I know what you’re thinking right, what about tea? What kind of mug do I use for tea?
I. Hate. Tea.
There I said it. I live in Great Britain, where we are famous for our love of tea, but I hate tea.
Not only am I not a fan of tea, but I’m also the worst tea maker that ever there was. My father likens it to cat wee. Don’t ask me how he came to that conclusion, I do not want to know! Even more worrying, he still asks me to make him a cup of tea every time he visits.
It got me thinking. Do others agree? Or have I just drunk too much caffeine?? I brought the topic up with my mother.
She’s a tea lover.
A little milk. 3 sweeteners.
And surprise, surprise, she also has one specific mug for her tea that is hers and hers alone. And she owns a gazillion mugs!
Even my Manager at work is in on it. She too has a specific mug. Granted it has ‘Her Highness’ printed on it (very apt). But she loves her specific mug too.
Coffee. Milk. 2 sugars.
I’ve found that I’m not alone in my thinking. According to research, a whopping 65% of us Brits have a favourite cup or mug that we use for our morning cuppa. That’s a lot of mugs!
Research conducted by Doctor Tom Stafford at the University of Sheffield’s Psychology Department, concludes that the brain may be trained to believe that the daily routine you carry out to make your cuppa must be done in in a certain way to maximise enjoyment. This includes which cup you use.
He states “Caffeine is very much a drug of reward and like any addict, people develop passions on how the drug is delivered. Wherever there is drug use, then rituals will always develop.”
I can kinda see what he means. Drinking coffee at home from my red mug, I associate it with peace and quiet and relaxation. I love nothing more than waking up before my daughter and enjoying a cuppa in silence, snuggled up in my fluffy blankie. And I’ll have another after completing the school run.
Coffee never tastes as nice at work. Whether it’s just a coincidence – it could be the simple fact that my colleagues don’t make it to my taste – but work is most certainly not a place I associate with peace, quiet and relaxation.
Anyway, my little red mug is now empty, I need a refill. I’d love to hear what you think of this theory… Do you agree? Or are you lucky and can drink out of any cup? I’d love to know! Have a fabulous, caffeine filled day!