Wow, finally a reason to be grateful to men! It was my boyfriend Jason who introduced me to the Zojirushi Stainless Mug, a thermos that has made me a happier, more productive, less wasteful human in just a matter of weeks.
A few months back, after one too many purchased coffees grew tepid on his desk, Jason decided to invest in an insulated thermos. He did the research and settled on this one, a choice over which he stressed for what felt like millennia. When the item finally arrived, it was clear he had selected well. This bottle is vacuum insulated! It locks! It’s one rugged mug! So much so that not even Jason—whose lack of coordination has tolled the death knell for at least three plates, four glasses, and two rather nice bowls—has been able to dent it.
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“Try it, try it,” he beseeched me, and I had to concede that his coffee was as hot at 9 a.m. as it was at 3 p.m. “You need one,” he said, but I resisted. Who wanted to lug around another container? Who wanted to wash one? And besides! I liked the ritual of a coffee at my favorite shop. It was a modest treat.
But then I calculated just how much I spent on that treat, a sum that I’m embarrassed to admit topped $100 a month. A Zojirushi mug is just over $30, and that it’s in its biggest size. Fine. I’d give it a go.
Zojirushi has been around for almost 100 years, determined to improve its customers’ lives “through creation of innovative products” that exude “ease” and “affluence.” (I do feel richer as I sip a hot coffee at 2:30 p.m. that I didn’t even have to venture outside to procure.) Plus, all the thermoses are BPA-free and available in chic colors like millennial pink and azure blue.
Two final advisories:
One, don’t put this in the dishwasher—not a problem for me since I live in a box in Manhattan that doesn’t even have a full-size sink.
Two, be sure that the coffee you pour into your Zojirushi is at the temperature you will want it to be hours from now. It will not cool down! When you reach for it and take a sip, the liquid will scorch your mouth! You will yell at your boyfriend, who didn’t warn you. But you will not blame your Zojirushi, because it beyond reproach.