Drinking coffee at work is a little like drinking alcohol at a bar—everyone does it and everyone knows exactly why they do. Some will say it’s for the robust, complex flavor, and some are a little more honest and admit the caffeine helps to sharpen them up for the day. Plus, it’s nice to have a little chit-chat over a latte before you have to head to your desk.
The “latte factor”
Coffee is a given for most of us, but let’s do some math. If you purchase an average price coffee from one of the many coffee shop franchises—or from your “little local”—on the way to work, whether it be a shot of espresso or a double nonfat-mocha-choco-vanilla-honey whatever, and then another at lunch, you might be spending between $7-10 a day. Multiply that by fifty weeks (assuming you get two weeks off), and you are looking at upwards of $1,750 a year. Just on coffee! You better hope you don’t smoke, too.
This is the infamous “latte factor” you heard about in economics class. The cost of your daily coffee, over time, really starts to add up.
So, why not just make your own coffee and bring it with you? The time it takes to use a simple French press or fill up your coffee maker—you have one somewhere, just clean it up—is negligible compared to showering and getting ready for work. Plus, you’ll get the satisfaction of opening a thermos of that rare coffee you found over the weekend and letting the exotic flavor waft around the office knowing, while your coworkers can smell it, only you can taste it.
What thermos flasks do
Dewar flasks (“Thermos” is actually a brand name) use a vacuum between the inner and outer shell to keep whatever is put inside—be it coffee, soup, or iced drinks—at the same temperature for a prolonged period of time. Glass was popular in the past, but its tendency to shatter has largely made it obsolete in the vacuum flask market. Stainless steel not only has the ability to retain a very low pressure vacuum (which reduces the conduction of heat), but also has the inherent strength and durability to keep your coffee toasty hot for many years to come.
Let’s look at a few options.
Sigg made its name as a high quality manufacturer of water and fuel bottles in the camping world, so it’s of no surprise that their Sigg Thermo Classic brings the same level of simple, strong, and practical workmanship to their flasks. In the $20 price range, there are few flasks that can match Sigg’s sleek styling and the promise of many years of use. If their products can store kerosene on Mt. Everest, I think they can keep your coffee hot all day!
If you don’t want to look like you’re heading to a picnic, or you’re just generally a fabulous artsy type, Cath Kidston makes some truly beautiful thermos flasks that are as unique as you are. They may not have the same heat retention as some of the other models listed here, but they sure are pretty! Eh, who wants to burn their tongue when they are trying to look all cute anyway?
The Starbucks Thermal Tumbler has to get a mention—this is coffee we are talking about after all. Although this stylish little number may not be a thermos flask in the strictest sense, its stainless steel vacuum construction qualify it for our list. One of these will run you around 10 bucks. Its affordability, good looks, and great performance when it comes to keeping your coffee hot on the way to work, means that this “on the go” product is one of the best in its class.
The best coffee thermos
The Thermos King is the one you really want. If your brand name is synonymous with the product itself, I suppose it’s acceptable to call your flagship model “The King.” First trademarked over a hundred years ago in Germany, Thermos still leading the way—both in performance and in value for the money. It is hard to look past a Thermos when you are hunting for a good vacuum flask. This almost unbreakable classic will hold a liter of steaming hot coffee, and keep it that way for at least twenty-four hours. With a handy handle, a range of fun colors, and a $27 price tag from Amazon, you can hardly go wrong with the Thermos King for your coffee at work.
Sip your way to happiness
Instead of taking a cup of coffee to work, why not brew it right in the office with the best single cup coffee maker? Or, consider one these excellent, but economical, espresso machines!
You might also like my post on the best French press for tea, for those times you don’t need that coffee buzz.
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