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The best coffee cup for your BMW should be easy to answer. Unfortunately, the ultimate driving machine does not necessarily mean that BMW is equipped with a decent cup holder. For many years, Germans did not believe that they should drink or eat while driving. BMW drove a McDonald's and took a big sip? heresy. In fact, in the 1990s, BMW was often criticized by JD Power and others for not having a cup holder.
Most modern BMWs now have great cup holders, but not always. In this article, we will show you the best travel coffee cup for your BMW. We chose the four most highly rated coffee cups, one from Starbucks and two from German car companies. To test their performance, we filled each cup with 185F water and used thermal imaging. Finally, we measured the temperature of the liquid again an hour later. The results are shown in the table below.
These people made some of the best coolers in the world, and undoubtedly they made a great coffee cup. It is made of insulated double-walled steel with a transparent cover wedged into the opening. It also has a beverage spout that can be closed. The on/off function provides a nice reassuring click. This coffee cup feels like a jar, the heaviest one is 391 grams. We bought the Yeti Rambler 20 ounces for $29.98.
This insulated coffee cup has won many comparisons. Like other top cups, it has a double-layer insulated side cup and a smooth screw lid that allows your fingers to press the button to open, allowing you to drink water. When you release it, the spring inside the lid closes the small door on the lid. The downside is that it is difficult to judge the amount of coffee that will fly out, so you will quickly learn to be very careful. Inside the lid, you do see the spring, and it has remained in good condition during the past few months of use. Amazon is $19.99, which is a veritable bargain.
This coffee cup is another winner that is often compared. It's really almost more like a thermos, the lid pops out as soon as you press your thumb. This is the exact opposite position in Contigo. I found it actually easier to open than Contigo, because when I picked it up, my thumb would naturally touch it, and in Contigo, I rotated the grip slightly to align my fingers with the buttons. It may seem strange to drink it at first, but it actually works well, even though the button stays at the 6 o'clock position when you drink it. This is the winner of the thermal race where the temperature reached 162F after 1 hour. Amazon is $23.99.
This is a sturdy coffee cup and the only one without a sealable lid. If overflow is a problem for you, I will pass this. What I like about this coffee is that it's easy to drink a lot of coffee quickly, because you don't have to open and close the lid every time. Due to the constant opening, although small, it can maintain the temperature very well. I used this on our 2021 BMW X3 plug-in hybrid trip to Mount Rushmore and it did not disappoint. Amazon is $29.95.
In my opinion, most of my Starbucks travel mugs are purchased impulsely, but they actually work very well. They cost about $25 and are also double-walled steel sides. The lid has changed over the years, and the lid now looks like a small trapdoor that opens downwards. Very slippery! It is always narrow, which helps old BMWs with narrow cup holders. $25 for Starbucks or Amazon.
These prices range from $18 to $23, depending on capacity. Over the years, I have tried many of them, but compared to the other products in the list above, none of them can maintain the temperature of the coffee for a long time. Although, as you might expect, they do fit well in BMW cup holders, and they look great. As Paul Hollywood said, style is more important than substance.
This is the outlier here. I included this to show you that yes, OEM coffee cups can be excellent. The Porsche mug is well sealed, will not overflow when inverted (see reasons below), and can keep the coffee warm for a long time. The disadvantage here is that it is the most expensive one in the test, priced at $50. However, if you have a Porsche, I think it is a must. The cup holders of modern Porsche cars are still terrible, and most of them are affectionately called "coffee lovers." They do hold a Starbucks cup, but you better make sure you don’t drive too hard or it will fly out.
The most suitable coffee cup for old BMW cars is Zojirushi, because of its slender characteristics fits the old BMW cup holders and can hold the hottest and longest liquids. The best overall cup for new BMW models is Yeti. This coffee cup is very durable, and it feels like it can be used for a lifetime. The sealable lid is easy to open and close while driving and it is perfect for any new BMW cup holder.
This is a video comparison of all these coffee cups and how they are installed in BMW cars:
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