My mug keeps getting worse. The glossy base under the matte finish is making a slow creep up from the bottom of the mug which makes it look like crap. There are now several scratches down to the metal and I have no idea how they got there. I have been traveling with it and keeping it in my backpack most of the time, which is fairly protected. It’s not like I have thrown it in the back of truck with a bunch of tools and scraps of engine and gone off roading. The secret compartment lid doesn’t want to stay on when I open the lid and there is any pressure built up. The last time I used it there was hot water spurting out the side and when I looked closely, I noticed that the edge of the metal rim now has a subtle flat spot in it totally ruining it. It must have tipped over or taken a tumble that I wasn’t aware of and now I have to see if I can bend the metal back and get it to non thermal geyser spraying mode. In the mean time I just take the top off and use the steeper in a regular mug since it is the only steeping device I am traveling with.
I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I bought the 16oz capacity and it has been throwing me off a little when it comes to how much tea to add. It isn’t something that can’t be overcome, but it takes a little more thought and adjustment to get the right ratio for the amount of water this mug holds and I’m finding myself overleafing when I’m steeping in a mug recently.
So if I were to redesign this with the knowledge I have know, I’d do a smaller size (none of the teas I have steeped have filled the entire basket of the larger version so I think the smaller basket would be fine), I’d like to see it in a brushed steel maybe with a silicone sleeve to protect the outside, I’d eliminate the secret compartment because it is more hassle than it is a good feature (or put it on the outside of the mug and not in the chamber that holds the water) and I wouldn’t have such high expectations of it possibly being the perfect travel mug.
The search for the perfect travel mug continues….