Yesterday I borrowed a travel mug from a friend who works as a barrista. He’s got a nice assortment of thermoses and things, mostly acquired via the sale rack at his job’s coffee gadget shelf. But none of them tops my long-lost Best Ever Portable Beverage Thingie, the super geeky tea thermos. Behold:
It holds 350 mL (about 12 oz), and is almost too well insulated. What you can’t see in this photo is a little lift-out stainless steel basket that nests into the mouth of the thermos. You fill it with loose tea, pour hot water over it, and screw the lid on. By the time you get to where you’re going, your tea is all brewed and waiting. Or, if you’re me, you mostly just use it for coffee and water, but pretentiously feel that you could start drinking tea at any moment.
But the best, nerdiest part is there on the lid. It’s a little built-in dial thermometer that tells you the temperature of your beverage in Celsius. While not exactly precise, it works well enough to let you know if your drink is super hot, pretty hot, warm, cool or cold. Do I need my thermos to tell me that? No. Is it awesome? Absolutely. Slap on a OSHA chemical sticker with the hazard diamond printed on* and you’ll never make it through airport security again.
Tragically, I lost my tea thermos a couple years ago. But, I’m in luck, because my fabulous partner just so happens to be in NYC this week, and may be nice enough to grab me a new one from Pearl River.** If you’re not so lucky, but are willing to pony up the $11.50 + shipping, you too can have an overly elaborate thermos.
*Being dishwasher proof, chemical label stickers are the best way I’ve ever found to label my re-usable water bottles and coffee mugs. I can always tell which generic-looking bottle is mine, it has my name on it, and no one else ever wants to drink out of it.
**It’s on page 5 of that section, labeled ‘Thermos w. Thermometer Cover & Infuser’ Their site doesn’t facilitate direct links. Boo.