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Coffee or Tea? Not the Drink; the Container!

I've seen several articles recently asking what one's preferred beverage is--coffee or tea--but this is not one of those articles. I am more concerned with the handheld means by which one conveys the beverage to one's lips.

I was drinking hot tea this morning out of my large mug, which I like because I can generally get two servings of tea out of one tea bag, and this way, I can have them both in one mug. I started thinking about how I drink tea out of a mug, but apparently there is no such thing as a “tea mug”. Right? You hear teacup and coffee cup (not sure why one is one word and the other is two words), and coffee mug, but never tea mug. Even though I never drink coffee, I would most likely still describe the receptacles in my kitchen cabinet from which I drink my tea as “coffee mugs”, amusingly enough. (My husband, who does drink coffee, usually has his in a thermal carafe. He uses the coffee mugs for milk.)

And yet, no one ever says, “Let’s get a mug of coffee,” even if they are indeed drinking said coffee out of mugs. Nope, it’s always “Can I get a cup of coffee?” or maybe just, “Wanna get coffee?” Mugs seem to be more about the physical object than about the concept of a serving.

But what about hot chocolate, or cocoa? You DO drink a “mug of cocoa”. Maybe that’s because “A cup of cocoa” sounds too much like an ingredient in a recipe for brownies!

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CoralLevang wrote on March 9, 2015, 8:20 PM

Give me a big ol' mug that I can I can slip all four fingers up to my palm through the handle and have the mug big enough to wrap my hand around half of it, and I am good to go. Coffee, tea, cocoa, or a hot toddy works well this way!

pinkCardigangirl wrote on March 9, 2015, 8:32 PM

I love drinking out of big mugs. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I drink my tea out of a big mug. When I was drinking soda, I was drinking that out of a mug too. lol

bestwriter wrote on March 9, 2015, 8:53 PM

The word 'mug' I notice is never used while 'talking' about tea or coffee. It is only used to drink. (lol). I have had various receptacles and now I have settled for a 200 ml mug. I call it mug because it does not have a saucer. It looks small but it is as big as a standard teacup. I drink tea.

alexdg1 wrote on March 9, 2015, 9:08 PM

Ah, no. I drink "cups" of hot chocolate in mugs.

allen0187 wrote on March 9, 2015, 10:18 PM

I drink a mug of beer!!! LOL! I drink tea and coffee but never from a mug but rather from a cup. Thoughts to ponder by...

valmnz wrote on March 10, 2015, 3:23 AM

I love the way you've played with this idea. e have only coffee mugs at my place, so if you ask for tea it definitely comes in a mug.

Arvi wrote on March 10, 2015, 8:15 AM

I have my different moods. Somedays, I just need a several small cups of coffee, so I use my tea cups, but for those days when I just want a big mug to hold, I have those as well. I love to have a variety in my cupboard and am always on the lookout for new mugs.

WordChazer wrote on March 10, 2015, 1:57 PM

I have tea mugs. I also have tea buckets, which are generally soup mugs or pint mugs. This house does not recognise coffee as a drink worth having, so all mugs are tea mugs by default. Coffee drinkers bring their own supply when they visit, that way they get what they like.

GemOfAGirl wrote on March 12, 2015, 12:02 AM

My office manager has a conniption fit if I bring in a mug to drink my tea. The company has a stupid policy where we're not allowed to use traditional mugs because we're required to not have drinks without lids near the computers. Furthermore, we're also not allowed to have containers with any kind of specific design on it unless it's the company logo (so I can't bring in my Starbucks, either). I almost got written up once because I brought in my mug that I got from Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's home), because it violated both rules. I've been reduced to always using my travel mug when I want my caffeine at work. And that sucks, because my favorite mug that I'd very much like to use is my 20oz. mug from Tony Packo's (an eatery in the Hungarian section of Toledo, OH).