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There’s a scene in the original "Sex and the City" series, where Stanford, Carrie’s gay best friend, makes coffee for Carrie. She takes a sip and then turns to him and exclaims “This is REALLY good coffee!” His response is a casual “I know.” My husband is basically Stanford. He makes REALLY good coffee at home. And he knows it.
And though there is absolutely no shortage of decent coffee shops in San Francisco, my husband still prefers to make his own coffee most of the time. Making coffee at home means he can control the brew strength, the method of coffee making (French press or pour over), and use the beans he loves. And though we both enjoy coffee at home, we’re also busy people who need coffee to go as well. We’ve tried numerous travel mugs but hands down our favorite ones are the Fellow Carter travel mugs.
Fellow Carter Move Travel Mug
Ceramic lining is a neutral material
Double vacuum interior keeps coffee hot
Splash guard keeps coffee inside mug even when moving
Requires two hands to remove standard lid
Fellow is a coffee equipment company that makes a wide range of products, including a pour-over system, a French press, a gooseneck water kettle, a burr grinder, and a vacuum coffee bean storage container. Though we don’t own all of their products, the ones we do own are well thought out. It’s clear they’re coffee fanatics who are trying to create a product that maximizes the pleasure from drinking coffee.
While other travel mugs often are made with a stainless-steel inner lining, the Carter line of mugs are double vacuum-insulated with a ceramic lining. This may sound gimmicky, but the ceramic is neutral in flavor—think of the ceramic mugs most folks typically drink coffee from. And though most stainless-steel-lined travel mugs are fairly neutral, stainless-steel is made of a blend of metals, and occasionally lends a faint metallic taste to the coffee, especially over long-term use as the inner lining of the coffee mug is washed repeatedly and scratched. Each sip out of the Carter mug however is just the coffee flavor, no flavor imparted from the mug itself.
Each sip out of the Carter mug however is just the coffee flavor, no flavor imparted from the mug itself.
Beyond the ceramic lining, Carter mugs are vacuum-sealed, which keeps the coffee hot for a long time. The Move Mug has a slimmer profile, which fits into a car cup holder, as well as a removable inside “splash guard” filter, which looks a bit like a kitchen sink strainer. The splash guard helps prevent the coffee from splashing around or up at you while you drive or walk around, and it’s surprisingly effective.
The Wide Mug is a little fatter in width, making it easier to grab and hold. The lips of all the Carter mugs are thinner than most travel mugs, more like a wine glass, which theoretically pours more directly onto your tongue. My husband loves this feature in particular. And the width of both mug styles are compatible with most pour-over devices, meaning you can make the coffee directly into the mug.
The Carter mugs come in a wide range of colors, as well as the two different versions. The Wide mugs also come with some unique artist designed ones. The mugs come in various sizes (eight, 12 and 16 ounces) and they’re also one of the mugs of choice for a lot of well-respected independent coffee shops, with those company’s logos often branded on the mug. Fellow also sells various mug lids and accessories, which make the mugs even more convenient if you’re on the go. With the Fellow Carter mug, we never have to compromise and drink subpar coffee, since we can make it to go and enjoy it on the run.
Material: Stainless steel, ceramic | Capacity: 8, 12, or 16 ounces | Weight: 9.5, 10.6, or 12.3 ounces | Dimensions: 3.03 x 7.48 inches (16-ounce Move model), 3.35 x 6.18 inches (16-ounce Wide model)
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Irvin Lin is a writer, recipe developer and photographer based in San Francisco. His cookbook Marbled, Swirled and Layered was picked as one of the best baking cookbooks of 2016 by the New York Times. He writes the nationally recognized blog Eat the Love and his work has been featured in the Washington Post; O, The Oprah Magazine; Serious Eats; Simply Recipes; and more.