Ember Launches Larger Capacity 14oz Ceramic Mug, Available from Apple

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Ember, the company that sells iPhone-connected mugs and thermoses, recently launched a new version of its Ember Ceramic Mug that is now available in a larger, 14oz size for U.S. users only. Like its previous products, the company has also partnered with Apple to sell the temperature regulating smart mug on Apple.com and in Apple stores.


Previously, the only size that the Ceramic Mug was available in was a 10oz option. While we enjoyed the overall quality and usefulness of the Ceramic Mug in our review, this sizing issue was one of the biggest downsides to the product, since it barely left any room for creamer in coffee and often led to spills.

With a bigger capacity these problems should be alleviated, but the 14oz option does come with a steeper price tag of $129.95, compared to the 10oz version at $79.95. The two mugs are identical other than their sizes, and let you set a desired temperature, track caffeine consumption via the Health app, and customize the mug's LED.

The main feature of the Ceramic Mug is that it lets you set a specific drinking temperature for your coffee or tea via the iPhone app. Over the course of a few minutes, the mug will lower its internal temperature to that setting, and then keep your drink at your desired level of warmth while you drink it.


They also both have a one hour battery life on a single charge, but if you place the mugs on the included charging coaster you can keep your drink at the desired temperature all day. The 14oz and 10oz cups are made from stainless steel with a ceramic coating so the mugs themselves are cool to the touch even with hot drinks inside.

Ember also sells a Travel Mug with all of the same temperature-regulating features as the Ceramic Mug, for $149.95. At this time, it appears that the 14oz Ceramic Mug is only available in Black on Ember.com and on Apple.com. On Apple's website, store pickup is available and shipping on the new mug arrives as soon as early next week.

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Nate Weir

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This mug is actually really useful if you enjoy keeping your coffee at a consistently perfect temperature. Many of the baristas at coffee shops I go to love this thing, it keeps my drinks hot and I never have to worry about my beverage getting lukewarm. Self heating mugs like this have been around for a long time, Ember just does it better I guess.
 

Relentless Power

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I mean, I’m not willing to spend a $129.00 for a coffee mug, but kinda neat you can adjust a specific temperature for the beverage. I could see how this would appeal to those who are _very_ specific with their tea’s/coffee’s.
 
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now i see it

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so is upgrading the capacity from 10oz to 14oz considered a bug fix? Or perhaps a security update to prevent hot coffee spilling on your crotch.

Designing a computerized coffe mug but failing at something as simple as its capacity on the first version doesn't instill any confidence that the creators of this thing have a clue
 

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Reminds me of Picard with the whole "Tea, Earl Grey, hot." line. Is the product silly? Maybe to our eyes now, but then again our grandparents likely thought the idea of having two temperatures in the same car based on driver/passenger was also absurd. No one complains now about it. I wouldn't be surprised if items of this type are common in kitchens in 50 years.
 

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This mug is actually really useful if you enjoy keeping your coffee at a consistently perfect temperature. Many of the baristas at coffee shops I go to love this thing, it keeps my drinks hot and I never have to worry about my beverage getting lukewarm. Self heating mugs like this have been around for a long time, Ember just does it better I guess.
Coffee should be served FRESH und be enjoyed within Minutes. No need to keep the temperature up when the flavor is already gone. Baristas... people who did not qualify as a whole barkeeper.
 

Saturnine

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I looked at this and thought “what a waste of time.” Then I remembered a barely warm coffee I got from Starbucks on a very cold winter’s day last year. When I asked them why it was so cool they said “health and safety - we can’t serve drinks over a certain temperature.”

The coffee was undrinkable after my five minute walk to the office.

This thing might be useful at $19 but not $129. It’s a mug with a heating coil for crying out loud. The “smart features” are just window dressing.
 

JohnApples

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I mean, I’m not willing to spend a $129.00 for a coffee mug, but kinda neat you can adjust a specific temperature for the beverage. I could see how this would appeal to those who are _very_ specific with their tea’s/coffee’s.
It is a neat concept but, IMO, unnecessarily complicated and overpriced.

I have one of those heated coasters that let you adjust the temperature at 1/5 the cost of this. And it works with basically any mug I put on it.

Sure, I don’t get Bluetooth or iPhone connectivity but is that really worth the price? I don’t know, maybe for some.
 
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Nate Weir

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Coffee should be served FRESH und be enjoyed within Minutes. No need to keep the temperature up when the flavor is already gone. Baristas... people who did not qualify as a whole barkeeper.
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Coffee should be served FRESH und be enjoyed within Minutes. No need to keep the temperature up when the flavor is already gone. Baristas... people who did not qualify as a whole barkeeper.
Not sure the flavor just “goes away after minutes”. I make a pour over and enjoy it hot for 30-45 min ever morning. And it still tastes “fresh”