Pros:keeps hot coffee hot, BOA-free, doesn't leak
Cons:coffee stains don't wash out
The Bottom Line: A Copco To Go Mug makes it look like you're sipping the expensive stuff even while you're drinking perked generic coffee. So there!
I’m a morning person. I know, dis-gusting! but true. That’s a good thing for my current job: since I get most of my calls for support and project details from Europe, I typically wander into the office about 6:45 a.m. , allowing me to avoid much of Houston’s hideous rush-hour traffic. That doesn’t leave time for a second cuppa at home, so I have it in the truck while sitting at the Bayou City’s interminable stoplights. That’s where my Copco Arcadia To Go Mug has made a big impression on me, mainly by not leaving spots on my shirts.
The Arcadia Mug is a sixteen-ounce double-wall BPA-free plastic mug that’s the size and shape of a Starbucks grande¹ cup. It’s not just the same size, shape and color; the white cap looks the same and there’s even a textured band around the middle that looks like one of their insulating sleeves. The band comes in a bunch of colors and patterns, though mine is pretty plain vanilla – actually plain chocolate, since it’s dark brown.
What you’ll want to know:
Does it keep coffee hot? Yes: I pour half a cup ten minutes before leaving and, if I put the top on immediately, it’s almost too hot to drink when I get in the cab.
Does the top seal? Yes: it seals with a quarter turn, and holds tight thanks to a soft poly “washer” in the lid. It’s a good idea to give it a twist to make certain the heat hasn’t expanded the lid and loosened it, though.
Is it dishwasher-safe? Yes: I occasionally wash it in the dishwasher (supposedly top-shelf, though my dishwasher has no heating element). Coffee stains do not, however, wash out entirely. Do they still make DipIt?
This made-in-China cup is sold under a variety of brand names, which are stamped on the bottom and embossed on the band around the middle. Besides Copco, I’ve seen the dfl brand. This particular design is sometimes called the Eco-First Acadia mug.
¹ do they still not know that grande means “large,” not “medium”?
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