This Editor-Approved Coffee Mug Will Improve Your WFH Experience

updated Apr 10, 2020
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With actual, physical facetime between colleagues and family out of the question for most of us, it’s easy to find yourself stuck on video calls for hours. Parents working from home (nice, to meet you too!) have the added pressure of providing meals and even homeschooling kids! Before you know it, you look up, it’s past noon, and your once-steaming cup of coffee is cold and uninviting. For those of us who are tired of tossing cold coffee or tea down the drain, or simply can’t stand the idea of using the microwave to heat up beverages, the incredibly smart Ember mug is a total gamechanger.

We’ve written about the clever Ember mug before, and our Lifestyle Director, Lisa, even called it “the hottest gift of the holiday season” two straight years in a row! But right now, more so than ever before, the mug is a crucial desk mate that will keep your lovingly prepared beverage hot for hours, even as you’re pulled in 10 different directions throughout the day.

“My mom actually has two, which is great, because I’m back home with my parents right now and forgot to take my Ember mug along,” says Camey Hess, an Account Executive at Kitchn who uses the mug to closely monitor how her coffee intake impacts her mood and sleep. The biggest perk, she adds, is being able to use her smartphone app to keep her coffee at her preferred 137 degrees Fahrenheit while she’s juggling deadlines and back-to-back Zoom meetings. “In some ways, I feel a little chained to my desk,” she says, “so by not having to get up, go downstairs, and reheat my coffee, the Ember is helping.”

The mug is also great for people who drink slowly (nice to meet you again!), since they often have to resort to zapping their drink in the microwave, which can impact the flavor.

Once the current situation is behind us (we promise, that day will come again!), the lightweight Ember can come to work with you, so your drinks will stay at the perfect temperature even as you run to in-person meetings and tackle projects at your desk.

But until then, “It’s just nice that maybe in a world of confusion or inconsistency, my coffee can still stay warm with me,” says Camey.

We’ll raise a (piping hot!) toast to that.

Buy: Ember 10 oz. Mug² Coffee Mug, $100 at Bed Bath & Beyond