One of the most frequent complaints we hear about coffee is its taste. Too often, we find our coffee tasting stale, burnt, or just plain weird — especially if it’s been sitting for a few hours.

How to make your coffee taste better with a ceramic coffee mug

When we came up with the concept for the TwistSeal Glaze, our ceramic coffee mug with a leak-proof lid, we wanted to give our customers a way to enjoy the taste of freshly-brewed coffee while on-the-go, even if it had been a few hours since you’d made the coffee. That’s where the ceramic lining comes in.

Materials like paper or plastic can absorb or impart flavors, making them less than ideal vehicles for consuming a great-tasting beverage like coffee. Ceramic, meanwhile, is basically neutral. It doesn’t absorb or impart flavors, so your coffee is left tasting exactly the way you expect it to.

Besides using a ceramic travel mug, there are other ways you can ensure your coffee tastes exceptionally fresh. Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks.

Use Fresh-Ground Coffee Beans

As your coffee grounds are exposed to oxygen, they start to become stale. When you grind your beans right before you make your coffee, you’re ensuring that you get the freshest possible taste. Don’t have a coffee grinder? They’re actually cheaper than you’d expect (several models are in the $20-30 range), but if you really don’t want to own one, just grind the beans yourself at your local grocery store. Ground coffee beans will keep well in your freezer if you can’t brew within three days of grinding the beans.

Know How to Store

Contrary to popular belief, the refrigerator is not the best place to store your coffee beans or grounds. Instead, experts recommend keeping them in an airtight, dark container, so you avoid any exposure to light, heat, and moisture. That’s because the fridge isn’t cold enough to keep your coffee fresh, and the coffee will absorb all your aromas from the fridge. So unless you’re into hints of leftover spaghetti and meatballs in your coffee, stay away from the fridge.

Clean Your Equipment

If your grinder, French press, Aeropress, or other coffee-making apparatus is dirty, it will impact the flavor of your final product. Think about it this way: would you use a knife to slice garlic, and then immediately turn around and use that same knife to slice an apple you’re about to eat? Probably not. Frequent cleansing will keep your machines and tools from holding onto unwanted flavors.

Filter Your Water

You might be surprised to know that the water you use in brewing could be affecting your coffee taste. Coffee is just water and grounds, so if your water tastes funny, there’s at least a 50-50 shot that it’s due to your water.

We’re big proponents of tap water over single-use disposable water bottles, so don’t think you need to open a fresh bottle of water every time you make some coffee. Instead, if you’re iffy on the taste of your municipal water, invest in a water filter that produces a taste you’d drink yourself — then use that same water to make your coffee.


Got any other tips for an exceptionally fresh cup of coffee? We’d love to hear them!

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  • Marianne Campione

    What is the best one to for coffee

    • Contigo

      That’s like asking us to choose our favorite child! The AUTOSEAL West Loop is one of our most popular mugs, and we love the new Glaze for its ceramic lining and vacuum insulation. Good luck choosing!

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