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Not to sound melodramatic, but cold drink lovers don't know how easy they have it. Pop it in the fridge, pour it over ice, give it a quick spin in the freezer, and you've got a bev that will stay chilly for a good long time. Meanwhile, those of us with a penchant for a steaming hot sip know that there is a very narrow window of perfection for a hot beverage. Temp too high, say goodbye to your tastebuds, but let it cool just a minute or two too long and what was a cozy-making treat transforms into a tepid disappointment. Is it a day-ruining inconvenience? Of course not. But that's part of what makes the Ember temperature control mug one of my everyday necessities—it adds an extra touch of luxury that immediately elevates my mornings. Who couldn't use a little of that?
Equipped with a sensor to tell the exact temperature of your chosen beverage (you can dial in your ideal heat preference through an app on your phone) the Ember gently maintains that perfect level of warmth—anywhere between 120 and 145 degrees—automatically for up to 80 minutes for the 14 oz size, or 90 minutes for the 10 oz version. It also has a built-in LED to let you know when the battery is getting low so you can set it back on the handy charging coaster and get even more heating time out of it, and also senses when your cup is empty to turn itself off—ideal for perpetually in-a-rush types and the more forgetful of us alike.
A few years ago I got one for my mother, who's so busy she's become famous for finding yesterday's coffee in the microwave after getting so distracted in her multiple attempts to reheat her morning joe that she ends up losing it completely, and it's been an absolute game-changer. So whether you're looking for a way to treat yourself in the midst of the chilly season, or you're looking for a flawless gift for the "don't talk to me before coffee" type tea devotee, or hot cocoa lovers on your list, this little luxury is a guaranteed winner.
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