Are you the kind of person who kick starts their morning with a coffee? I know I am, and usually I end up succumbing to the temptation of Pret and their one pound filter coffees. Well no more. I have an Ember Smart Travel Mug.

What’s the difference between this and a standard Thermos you ask? Well this one is smart. It connects to your phone and has a built-in heating element so it keeps your drink hot over its two hour battery life.

The Ember Smart Travel Mug has a touch sensitive button hidden under the Ember logo. This switches on the mug and activates pairing mode with your phone if you hold it down for eight seconds. Once in pairing mode, follow the instructions on your phone, and voila. You can tap the touch sensitive buttons to flow through the various menus, like temperature and remaining battery life.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got a compatible phone, or you just don’t want the app. The Ember Travel Mug has a dial built into the bottom which rotates. You can set a precise temperature this way, or with the app. I would recommend the app because you have a number of preset options to choose from.

Like black tea, green tea, coffee lattes and cappuccinos. There are optimal temperatures that the app will keep your drinks at, which for the most part work. I brewed a black coffee, the traditional way using a kettle. I added a splash of milk, and then poured the whole mug into the Ember. I took an initial temperature of 43° and after the two hour battery life, it was 56°.

The lid creates a near vacuum seal, which is great because it reduces risk of it becoming loose when in a bag. The Ember also acts as a travel mug, meaning you can drink straight from it, rather than having to pour it into a mug first. Be wary though, because of the pressure the lid creates, popping the lid open, which you do by pressing down on the centre, may cause hot contents to spurt out. Open it facing away from you for your own safety.

And for the other safety tips, don’t put it in the microwave because it’s full of electronics, and will probably react badly, and don’t get your charging coaster wet. It’s not waterproof. Oh. and don’t stick it in the dishwasher. Handwash only.

So how much does it all cost? The Ember Smart Travel Mug will set you back £159 according to their website. It’s a hefty price I must admit, but it’s a very unique product in my opinion. Fore more information, you can head over to the Ember website.

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