Coffee. Milk. 2 Sweeteners.


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 NescafΓ© 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!

Edit: I’d love to see your favourite mugs in action! Post a photo on Instagram using the tag #littleredmug Would be fantastic to see just how many of you agree with my theory!

15 thoughts on “Coffee. Milk. 2 Sweeteners.

  • April 29, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Interesting! I’ve got 3 or 4 favourite mugs and I’m happy to drink coffee or tea from all of them.

  • May 2, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I am a Brit too but I love my tea! Being in the states people don’t get it here. That being said I am just as obsessed with coffee!

    • May 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      They don’t do they. Mind you, I’m sure tea isn’t the only thing they don’t understand about us Brits, as I’m sure we have things we just don’t get about our buddies in the States πŸ™‚

  • May 2, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I’m American but yes, I have a special tea cup & a special coffee mug. I got a chuckle out of this!

    • May 3, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Yummy sounds delicious! I’m a plain coffee with milk kinda gal but I will stretch to a cappuccino from my favourite big chain coffee shop if I’m out & about shopping πŸ™‚

  • May 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    When I was a teacher, I used only ONE mug for my coffee. Now that I am home with my little guy, I still love to have coffee ONLY in this one mug! I can so relate πŸ™‚ I love the way it fits around my hand, its height. I bought it a pottery market, so it’s a little “untraditional.”

    • May 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      I love that your favourite mug has a little back story! You’ll have to post a photo on Instagram under the hashtag #littleredmug for me to pop over for a nose πŸ™‚

  • May 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I often wonder what I’d do if my favourite red mug smashed, I’d be quite miffed if I had to buy a new one as I had mine as a freebie! I do love a cappuccino from the large chain coffee shops in the thick mugs, has to be a medium size mug though as they taste wayyyyy too strong for my liking in the small mugs and I can never finish a large mug!

  • May 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Yes! Coffee and hot cocoa really does taste better in that special little mug! Mine is a Starbucks mug I’ve had for years…it’s my “go-to”!

    • May 3, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      I’m so happy I’m not the only person who thinks this! You’ll have to post a photo on Instagram under the hashtag #littleredmug for me to pop over for a peek πŸ’™


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