Zojirushi: The Perfect Travel Mug

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Ok. Maybe it’s not perfect for everyone but it seems to be a great choice for a technology professional that travels off-and-on. Back in 2017 my reliable Thermos-brand travel mug started to leak around the seals of the lid and rather than simply purchase a direct replacement, I decided to look for something new.

This particular one, a Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug (16-Ounce, SM-KHE48AG) caught my eye, perhaps because of its simple design, as well as the locking cap. It’s small enough, and with the locking cap, perfect for tossing into a backpack when traveling. Even if you have a laptop and other devices in the same bag. While my previous travel mug did not leak very much, the lid was not secured in such a fashion.

The reviews were very positive, it wasn’t expensive (just under $25) and it looked like a good size.

And it has been. I have indeed taken this to conferences, tossing it into my backpack and carrying it around like that much of the day. It keeps coffee hot for long periods of time. In fact, due to how the lid itself is constructed, I’ve let it open for over an hour and just watched the steam continue to flow out of the top, waiting for it to cool enough to drink.

It’s been perfect, but the first one I ordered had one drawback. It was too tall to fit under a Keurig, even with the removable base of the Keurig pulled away, which meant that I had to brew the coffee into a standard mug and then pour it into the Zojirushi.

I know, I know. That’s not necessarily a deal breaker but when you’re never certain if you’ll find your coffee mug, or at least find it clean, in an office breakroom it can be a bit of an inconvenience.

This year I ordered the 12-ounce version of the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug ($22, SM-KHE36AG), which fits perfectly under the Keurig. And, aside from size, it’s no different from the first one that I purchased. It’s even the same color.

If you’re looking for something to keep hot liquids in, or even cool liquids, I highly recommend this.

Thermos 16-Ounce Travel Mug (Keeps Coffee Hot)

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Every once in a while I’ll buy a new travel mug but so far none of them have managed to keep my coffee hot for more than 15 to 30 minutes.

These days I brew up a pot of coffee each weekday morning and then pour it into a Thermos brand thermos. It does a great job of keeping coffee hot through most of the day but once a cup is poured out it would cool rather quickly.

Last week I ordered a Thermos brand travel mug (Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Leak-Proof Travel Mug) and it is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I can fill the mug in the morning and whatever I haven’t drank will still be hot near lunchtime. Some may not be too keen on spending $20 for a travel mug but it’s easily worth the cost. It does such a good job of keeping the coffee hot that I waste less and may even begin brewing up just half a pot in the mornings.

An Easy Way to Block Foundation Vents

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The Short Version: Shielding the crawlspace from the coldest winds by blocking certain foundation vents seems to have helped warm up one of the corner rooms (and possibly the rest of the house). The tools are simple – a black trash bag and black duct tape  Gorilla Tape. I cut individual sections out of the trash bag, which I used to cover the vents. Then I taped them down with black duct tape.

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