The Best Ceramic Mugs (+ 3 Tea Pairings)

The Best Ceramic Mugs (+3 Tea Pairings)

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If you click through and purchase tea or start a subscription, I may receive a small commission.  Over the years I’ve been slowly amassing a small collection of ceramic mugs. It’s difficult to pick a favorite—so I won’t—because each cup carries with it a memory of a former season, one I can still pinpoint whenever I brew a comforting blend.   Today I’m sharing three mugs that have a home in my cupboard. I’m partial to ceramic as I find it holds the heat best, but really the only criteria to finding the best mug of tea is choosing one you love and will look forward to using.   Also, I’ve recently become acquainted with a new tea company I’m excited to share with you. After testing some blends for a few weeks, I joined Plum Deluxe as an affiliate to help support this website. If fair trade and organic teas are up your alley, I hope you’ll give them a try. (More on my favorite blends below!) And for real enthusiasts, they have a tea of the month club to join.   Heath Ceramics Large Mug  This was the very first ceramic mug I ever purchased. We were in Napa celebrating our anniversaries (I forget which one now!) and decided to stop in Sausalito at Heath’s shop on the way into wine country. Later, I found out Heath operates a store in L.A., so of course I made my way across town a few times a year to pick up a new piece (or two, or three.) I have the mug in both Fawn Cocoa and French Grey, and try to alternate between using each so neither one feels left out. It’s just the right size and feels sturdy but not heavy. Tea Pairing: Plum Deluxe Reading Nook Tea Blend  I put caffeinated teas in the smallest mugs, just to ensure I don’t have too much of it in my system. This black tea blends organic rosebuds, lavender, and chamomile. On writing days, this is my new sip. I brew it in the mornings and sit at my desk for a couple of hours until breaking for lunch. It’s a nice little ritual that helps me feel focused and ready to face the page. It’s lovely on its own, but also benefits from a splash of homemade nut milk.  Sarah Kersten Mug The only problem with this speckled mug is ... it’s not in stock! I picked it up as a souvenir at The Shed in Healdsburg, and it made the perfect addition to my collection. It’s larger than my other mugs, which means it’s also a vessel for soup during the colder months. Even though you can’t pick it up for the time being, keep an eye on the artist. She also sells products through Food52.   Tea Pairing: Plum Deluxe Daily Love Herbal Tea  This is an anytime tea. Morning, noon, or night, I enjoy drinking it with a little swirl of honey. This is a holy basil tea (an adaptogen thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties), plus green rooibos, sea buckthorn berry, apple pieces, orange peel, and calendula, with a faint wisp of peach and strawberry.  East Fork Pottery The Mug  It’s called “The Mug” because according to East Fork, it’s the one you’ll want to use every single day. Of the three, this mug is my latest purchase, picked up on a rainy day in Asheville, North Carolina, when I was on a recent getaway with my family. The shop was covered with plants and colorful pottery from their latest seasonal release, but I gravitated to the back, to the wall of neutrals, and picked this one out. The weight is heavy and substantial, it holds up to 12 ounces. I love the bottom ring where the ceramic isn’t glazed—it adds just the right interest while still keeping things simple.  Tea Pairing: Plum Deluxe Cozy Tranquil Dream Tea  Because this tea is meant to be sipped before going to bed, I like pairing it with a heavy mug, one that you can really feel the weight of in your hands. It’s grounding and calming, which is exactly how I like to feel before tucking in for the night. It’s a chamomile blend featuring organic rosehips, orange peel, lemongrass, hibiscus, and spearmint, which is a nice upgrade from single-ingredient plain chamomile tea without being too overwhelming. Enjoy it with a bit oThe Best Ceramic Mugs (+3 Tea Pairings)

Over the years I’ve been slowly amassing a small collection of ceramic mugs. It’s difficult to pick a favorite—so I won’t—because each cup carries with it a memory of a former season, one I can still pinpoint whenever I brew a comforting blend.

Today I’m sharing three mugs that have a home in my cupboard. I’m partial to ceramic as I find it holds the heat best, but the only criteria you need when searching for the best mug for tea is this: choose one you love and will look forward to using.

Also, I’ve recently become acquainted with a new tea company I’m excited to share with you. After testing some blends for a few weeks, I joined Plum Deluxe as an affiliate to help support this website. If fair trade and organic teas are up your alley, I hope you’ll give them a try. (More on my favorite blends below!) And for real enthusiasts, they have a tea of the month club to join.


Heath Ceramics Mug

This was the very first ceramic mug I ever purchased. We were in Napa celebrating our anniversary (I forget which one now!) and decided to stop in Sausalito at Heath’s shop on the way into wine country. Later, I found out Heath operates a store in L.A., so of course I made my way across town a few times a year to pick up a new piece (or two, or three.) I have the mug in both Fawn Cocoa and French Grey, and try to alternate between using each so neither one feels left out. It’s just the right size and feels sturdy but not heavy.

Tea Pairing: Plum Deluxe Reading Nook Tea Blend

Plum Deluxe Reading Nook Tea Blend

I put caffeinated teas in the smallest mugs, just to ensure I don’t have too much of it in my system. This black tea blends organic rosebuds, lavender, and chamomile. On writing days, this is my new sip. I brew it in the mornings and sit at my desk for a couple of hours until breaking for lunch. It’s a nice little ritual that helps me feel focused and ready to face the page. It’s lovely on its own, but also benefits from a splash of homemade nut milk.


Sarah Kersten Mug

The only problem with this speckled mug is ... it’s not in stock! I picked it up as a souvenir at The Shed in Healdsburg, and it made the perfect addition to my collection. It’s larger than my other mugs, which means it’s also a vessel for soup during the colder months. Even though you can’t pick it up for the time being, keep an eye on the artist. She also sells products through Food52.  

Tea Pairing: Plum Deluxe Daily Love Herbal Tea

Plum Deluxe Daily Love Herbal Tea

This is an anytime tea. Morning, noon, or night, I enjoy drinking it with a little swirl of honey. This is a holy basil tea (an adaptogen thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties), plus green rooibos, sea buckthorn berry, apple pieces, orange peel, and calendula, with a faint wisp of peach and strawberry.


East Fork Pottery Mug

It’s called “The Mug” because according to East Fork, it’s the one you’ll want to use every single day. Of the three, this mug is my latest purchase, picked up on a rainy day in Asheville, North Carolina, when I was on a recent getaway with my family. The shop was covered with plants and colorful pottery from their latest seasonal release, but I gravitated to the back, to the wall of neutrals, and picked this one out. The weight is heavy and substantial, it holds up to 12 ounces. I love the bottom ring where the ceramic isn’t glazed—it adds just the right interest while still keeping things simple.

Tea Pairing: Plum Deluxe Cozy Tranquil Dream Tea

Plum Deluxe Cozy Tranquil Dream Tea

Because this tea is meant to be sipped before going to bed, I like pairing it with a heavy mug, one that you can really feel the weight of in your hands. It’s grounding and calming, which is exactly how I like to feel before tucking in for the night. It’s a chamomile blend featuring organic rosehips, orange peel, lemongrass, hibiscus, and spearmint, which is a nice upgrade from single-ingredient plain chamomile tea without being too overwhelming. Enjoy it with a bit of honey, or on its own.