When you’re drinking a hot beverage, you want that beverage to remain hot. Of course you do! You’re a human being with needs. Sadly, it won’t – you can’t fight the second law of thermodynamics; even if you prime your cup first, eventually entropy will have its way. Eventually, you’ll take a swig of your coffee or your tea and get a mouthful of lukewarm disappointment. If your 9am cup tastes like a brand new day, full of promise, then your 10:15 dregs remind you that it’s seven hours until you can start drinking.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can spend a few dollars on an electric mug warmer, and your beverage will be kept consistently warm for as long as you want to keep it around. No more microwaving your coffee (gross) or dumping it entirely for a new cup (wasteful). No more getting up! If you’re deep in the throes of a busy day, you can focus on the tasks at hand, secure in the knowledge that your drink is still piping hot, ready for you whenever you feel like a sip.
Oh, my precious.
And mug warmers are not fancy: a little number like the one above set me back ten simoleons. It sits on my desk, and the moment my coffee or tea starts to feel like it needs a little more warmth, I turn it on, set my mug on top, and within minutes: hot coffee.
“Alice,” I’m sure you’re saying. “I can’t put something with a heating element on my desk. I will surely set everything on fire.” Friend, I was you, once. And then I accidentally left my cup warmer on all night, and…nothing happened. I don’t recommend you do this, but I feel like, if I haven’t burned Gizmodo Media to the ground, you’re going to be ok. I mean, don’t toss your flammable oily rags on top of the thing before you head out for the night. That would be silly.