Over the last decade iced coffee has become increasingly popular but if you want to use a reusable coffee mug instead of drinking from a disposable cup which should you choose…. in this article we review the top 7 cups.
Most major coffee vendors, such as Dunkin’, Costa and Starbucks, now include special blend iced coffees on their menus.
Some people just can’t get enough of this rich caffeinated beverage especially during the hot summer months when anything iced is better.
To be honest I only tried one of these delicious drinks last summer and I have to say I’m converted !
What is Iced Coffee?
Many individuals are avid coffee drinkers, and most will claim that they cannot function without it.
Currently, iced coffee seems to be all the rage.
This is made differently than cold brew that mixes cold water and coffee grounds steeped for 24 to 48 hours.
Iced coffee uses hot water mixed with coffee grounds stirred and then poured over ice.
Reusable Cups – Why Make the Switch?
Grabbing an iced coffee on the way to work or at lunch has become popular.
Typically, these beverages are served in polyethylene-lined disposable beverage cups that end up littering the landscape, polluting our water supplies or clogging trash dumps.
Even more horrible, most disposable coffee cups are not biodegradable, and these items can take upwards of 30 years to break down and decompose.
Coffee lovers concerned about the environment do not have to give up their favourite drink.
Many are making the switch to eco-friendly reusable cups instead.
Which Reusable Coffee Cups are Best for Cold Drinks?
Reusable coffee cups can be made of glass, silicone, bamboo/cork, rice husks or metals.
These eco-friendly beverage containers come in 6-32 ounce sizes.
Most choose a 12-16oz cup for cold drinks.
The Best Reusable Cup for Iced Coffee
Our top 7 reusable mugs for iced coffee include:
Travel Mug Tumbler with Straw and Leak-Proof Lid,
Reusable Stainless-Steel Insulated Flask
This versatile taller reusable eco-friendly cup by KINGSO is ideal for icy-cold or steaming-hot drinks.
- Brightly coloured
- Insulated stainless-steel flask
- Terrific for icy-cold & steamy-hot drinks
- Reusable stainless-steel straw
- Seal tight lid
- No BPA
- Easy-clean wider top
- Good for home, office, beach or travel
- Tricky screwing lid onto cup
Contigo Shake and Go Tumbler with Straw, 530 ml
This ingeniously designed Contigo Shake and Go Reusable Tumbler with straw won’t leak.
After straw removal, a plastic flap, beneath lid, automatically closes and seals straw opening keeping liquid inside.
- Great for cold/iced drinks
- Slip-grip silicone sleeve
- Shatter-proof & durable
- BPA free
- Odor/stain resistant
- Shake & go lid won’t leak
- Dishwasher safe without straw
- Vibrant colours
- Straw wider for shakes/smoothies
- Might stain – rinse after use
- Tighten lid/remove straw before shaking
Thermos Performance Cold Cup in Pink, 470 ml
Many love the cold-keeping insulation technology that this reusable Thermos Stainless-Steel Cold Cup features.
Cold beverages should stay chilled for 13 hours.
Comes with removable straw and fits most vehicle cup holders.
- Performance cold-insulation feature
- Several colour choices
- Strong stainless-steel
- Streamlined design
- Paint might chip
- Stainless-steel can dent
Hydro Flask 22-ounce Tumbler
This always stylish Hydro Flask 22-oz Tumbler is reusable and better for the environment.
Slim-and-sleek shape makes this cup ideal for sipping iced-coffee during work commutes.
- Sleek silhouette
- Fits most cup holders
- Amazing cold-keeping ability
- Vibrant powder-coat shades
- Great for hiking or office
- Hot dishwasher temp might fade powder-coating
- Should hand-wash
KeepCup Changemakers Original – 16 oz Travel Mug
These reusable Eco-Friendly Cups by KeepCup Changemakers come in 12 or 16 ounce sizes.
Choose from several brilliant hues.
- Lightweight non-toxic plastic
- BPA/BPS free
- Trendy bright colours
- Top-Rack dishwasher safe
- Fantastic for travel or work
- Leak proof design
- Not biodegradable but recyclable
- Some report lid odor when new
Big Bamboo Cool Eco-Friendly Reusable Travel Mug
For Cold or Hot drinks – with Leak-Proof Flip Top Lid.
The Big Bamboo Cool Eco-Friendly Mug is great for travel or work. Double-wall stainless steel with sustainable bamboo outer layer.
- Double-wall stainless-steel
- Sustainable bamboo cover
- Leak-proof flip-top lid
- Bamboo may chip
Joco Reusable Glass Coffee Cup in 6-16 ounces
If looking for stylish eco-friendly cups for iced or hot beverages, consider this Reusable Glass Coffee Cup by Joco.
Made of eco-friendly nonporous borosilicate glass, this smoother surface prevents odours and flavors from leeching.
- Nonporous glass – no odour/flavour leeching to spoil taste
- Sturdy stylish cup
- Heat-proofed, silicone sleeve grips easier
- Ideal mixing shape
- Eco-friendly splash-proof lid
- Won’t fit all cup holders
Disposable plastic beverage containers are harmful to the environment, wildlife and our planet’s fragile ecosystems.
Using reusable mugs for cold drinks and sustainable coffee cups can help save the earth.