Just as serious tea drinkers place a high value on English tea cups and saucer sets, Irish coffee mugs are the beverage vessel of choice for style-conscious coffee aficionados. With so many styles to choose from, finding the perfect Irish coffee mug can be a daunting task. Here are a few pointers to help narrow your search:
Volume: Most Irish coffee mugs will hold 8 to 12 ounces of your favorite brew. Look for a mug that suits your sipping style.
Material: Clear crystal and glass varieties are a stunning way to showcase your beautiful coffee concoctions, while combination stainless and glass mugs invite Old World charm to your tabletop. If you like the look of decorative mugs, opt for a robust ceramic mug adorned with a hand-painted, traditional Irish motif, or an engraved stainless or etched glass Irish coffee mug. For easy care maintenance, choose a mug that's dishwasher-safe.
Handle: Irish coffee mugs have substantially more heft than traditional mugs, so be sure to select a mug with a comfortable, ergonomically designed handle that will evenly distribute the added weight. Look for a mug with a two- or four-finger grip.
Base: Make sure the base is substantially sized to discourage tipping, especially with larger capacity mugs. If you love the look of brass or metal but want the convenience of glass, consider an Irish coffee mug with a glass insert and removable metal base.
Irish coffee mugs make an outstanding gift for the coffee drinker in your life. For an extra special presentation, pair one with a bottle of fine Irish whiskey, a tin of Irish coffee, decorative coffee spoons, a or stainless sipping straw. Perfect for chilly nights or cozy, fireside brunches, an Irish coffee presented in a beautiful mug is time well spent with family and friends.