It’s not a question of having enough coffee-carrying options. The challenge is finding one that retains heat, stays out of the way while sipping and cleans up easily. Active Junky’s got the gulp-worthy goods for you to peruse this holiday season.
Stanley Classic Insulated Bottle 25oz
Stanley turns their heat-seeking legacy into a useful 25oz. container that accounts for the realities of travel. The capacity is ideal for serious coffee and tea consumption without cumbersome exterior dimensions that limit use (as in, it fits into most vehicle holders and pack sleeves). Insulation goes to work in a leak-proof container rated for 20 hours hot along with 100 hours cold. Appearance-wise, there’s no stopping Stanley from credibility crafted for decades of hard use. And on the value side, this fits the practical purchaser who wants to put their energy into life rather than rethinking their coffee stowage every few months.
Best For: Four-season use, car plus camp
Hydroflask 20oz. Coffee
Decide now which color is your favorite. Because, within a short time, coworkers and friends will be carrying the same model Hydroflask (requiring each sipper to keep tabs on their bottle). That’s how it goes and grows with the 20oz, wide-mouth coffee version that transcends seasons. Iced or hot, coffee gets the royal, non-BPA and Phalate-free treatment. And users discover a non-slip exterior finish, easy-operating lid and lifetime warranty for lasting value designed in Bend, Oregon. Optional lids further personalize the bottle as you donate the others on your shelf in favor of Hydroflask. Can a simple bottle really garner so much loyalty? Watch what happens with yours.
Best For: Daily and travel use, four-seasons of inspired infusions
Liquid Hardware Aurora Café 16oz
This brand is a passion play by a long-time outdoor enthusiast. Yes, the 18/8 food-grade stainless steel resists impact and allows plenty of room to permit the vacuum-insulated construction to do its job. The lid is the nearly-magical component on this one, with a magnetized rim and that rides shotgun when the bottle’s being filled. Most coffee shops can’t refill a lid-attached model (or touch the lid) so Liquid Hardware’s system means there’s no denying java top-offs anywhere. Once firmly rescrewed on the bottle, the pivoting flap avoids splashing while accommodating big gulps along with miserly sips. No wonder this model is patented. Or that it will become your new commuting companion, as it did here at Active Junky.
Best For: Commuting, everyday use with coffee, tea and chai