I have been on the hunt for the very best reusable coffee cup, and I’m happy to say I’ve finally found the one.
You see, I have quite a prolific tea habit. Coffee, less so, but tea, gosh, give me all the tea. I never like to be too far from a hot beverage, and my bog-standard reusable coffee cup wasn’t quite cutting the mustard for me.
My issues with the standard reusable cups were twofold. Firstly, when I’m out and about I’m normally pushing a buggy. This means I can’t carry a reusable coffee cup. I have tried to balance it in the buggy basket but that only resulted in spilled tea. And while you shouldn’t cry over spilled milk, you should definitely cry over spilled tea.
The other times I want to use my reusable coffee cup are for the bus commute to and from work. I don’t have time for a cup of tea before I leave the house. Therefore I like to use my commute to drink tea and read the news on my phone. The problem is I’m normally fumbling in my purse to find change for the bus, or trying to find my ticket. Having one hand out of action whilst holding the cup wasn’t ideal either.
My Reusable Coffee Cup Criteria
What I wanted was something like a flask, that could be sealed up and chucked in my bag without fear of spillage, but was easy to drink on the bus. Drinking tea out of a flask cup on the bus isn’t ideal and prone to spillage if the bus starts or stops suddenly.
After intense internet searching, I didn’t think such an invention existed. Then, randomly one day, I came across the Hydro Flask – a reusable coffee cup that promised to not leak when sealed up. After reading a little about it I bought one as a treat to myself in the hope that it would solve all of my tea based problems.
Does the Hydro Flask Live Up to the Hype?
I have been using my Hydro Flask for a month now. As such, I’m ready to say, hand on heart, that it is the best reusable coffee cup out there, by a mile.
I have tossed it around my bag for a month on all kinds of adventures and have had zero leaks! Bus trip to make? I pop it in my bag and have two hands free to get on the bus with ease. Off to the park with my little ones? I pop it in my bag and off we go with the buggy. Car journey to make? I pop it in my bag and don’t have to worry about it spilling when we hit a bumpy road.
Hydro Flask Performance
My Hydro Flask keeps drinks piping hot for hours. So hot, in fact, that I have to make my tea or coffee and leave it to cool for 5 minutes or so before decanting it into the Hydro Flask. Otherwise it’s scalding hot and undrinkable for a good couple of hours, which, yes, I did learn the hard way.
The Hydro Flask is also great at keeping cold drinks cold. This means I don’t have to carry about a separate reusable coffee cup and water bottle. This saves my back and freeing up precious space in my already bulging mum bag.
What I love most about the Hydro Flask is that when you screw the cap back on it doesn’t cause the liquid to displace if you’ve been a bit overzealous and happened to fill it up a bit too much.
It’s also easier to clean than a traditional flask. There are no fiddly components. Just a solid lid. This means it’s not prone to fusty odours that flasks can be prone to. As I say, best reusable coffee cup ever!
My only criticism is that the body of the cup does not get hot. Therefore so you don’t get that comforting warm feeling you get when holding a cup of hot tea. However, if it did then it wouldn’t keep the tea or coffee warm for so long, so I guess you can’t have it all.
Do Baristas Accept Hydro Flasks?
You can buy the Hydro Flask in varying sizes – from a small 12 oz, a medium 16 oz, to the large 20 oz. Rather handily these are equivalent to standard coffee shop sizes. I plumped for the medium. The large felt a little too large, even for my liking.
Even with the medium, it’s got a nice wide mouth. And so far I’ve found that coffee shops are happy to fill it. Therefore I’ve been making sure to get my reusable cup discount! With my tea habit, my cup will pay for itself in no time!
In case you’re curious, I paid full price for my Hydro Flask and am just sharing the love of this rather fortuitous find that has vastly improved my tea drinking on the go!