Enter the Starbucks Barista Aroma Solo 16oz Mug aka "Mug". I've had this mug for about 11 years now. Although it is not available in stores anymore the premise is to find a mug that contains similar features for your consideration. This traveller's mug is actually part of a coffee-machine system by Starbucks. F*ck the machine, just the get mug. This mug is my go-to and I will tell you why:
- Stainless outside AND inside with vacuum - The vacuum creates a thermally insulated layer of dead-space that keeps your vile swill hot(or cold) for up to 2 hours. Other benefits include:
- Stainless is easy to clean (no build up of swill-crud)
- Can be used as a weapon
- Non-magnetic, so won't f*ck up your compass reading if you happen to have your SUUNTO beside your mug, but what proper Pathfinder would be such a f*ck up...well it actually might, as all metals have a magnetic-field (if we are discussing in pure physics), OK, so it won't FUBAR it too much.
- It won't dent without some serious pounding
- It's a hefty 2 pounds.
- The exterior surface has 2 columns of square divots pressed into the skin on opposing sides. Most likely to provide a positive contact (tactile) experience.
- It features a plastic inverted 'L' handle, as well as a screw-on plastic lid with fliptop.
- I prefer a mug with a handle, it just feels good. I utilize a neutral grip around the mug, using the handle as a grip-stop, or sometimes just to hang off of. The handle can be used as a hook to secure it to the seat-back during plane ride, or your backpack etc.
- The screw-on plastic lid has a rubber o-ring that prevents spillage and creates a seal. The flip top secures the swish and is flipped open to gain access to vile swill. The top of the lid features two small vents that allow movement of air so that a vacuous situation does not occur. When the fliptop is closed, the vents are sealed.
- The bottom of the mug is rubberized to provide a non-slip surface. It also fits in most coffee mug holders.
Plastic is not really an insulating material, in the sense that it will not keep hot things hot. I've also melted my plastic mug by inadvertently placing it on top of an engine block while working on a car (yes, BADs are suppose to work on cars).
Another type of mug is the one shown in this picture. The screw off lid as a cup, thermos type. These are ok, except that it is a two-piece system. And then to gain access to the swill, it is a push-button that you drink through. I don't know, but most of the time, my hands are not clean enough that I would touch where I will be drinking.
Who the f*ck knew BAD can write so much about something as innocuous and mundane as a coffee mug. But, hey, it's part of my daily routine. So if you are out looking for a Bad Ass coffee mug, get one that will last a long time, keep your swill vile, and serve as a weapon against bad guys.