Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Talk Tea Teaware post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing the RCup’s Reuseable Tea & Coffee mug. I was introduced to RCup by my friend Becca from the Tea Library on Instagram and knew I had to try out one of their cups for myself. So as you can imagine when they said they wanted to collaborate with me for this series that I of course said yes. They very kindly let me choose which of their colour ways I wanted to have and out of all of them I went for the White and Teal option as I found it to be the most me of them all with how light and almost muted the colours are. But they do have lots of amazing colour ways and because I can’t help myself when it comes to cute teaware I will probably end up getting those as well at some point.
Before I get into my thoughts about the RCup, here’s what ashortwalk (the design company that make them) have to say about the cups on their website:
“Finally, there’s a travel mug that’s been designed with practical portability in mind. This cream and teal RCup won’t leak, ever. It keeps your drink hot or cold and you can pick it up without scalding your hand. You can easily open it and take a sip while you’re on the move with one hand. Even better – the drinking experience is great – you never have to drink your coffee through a tiny hole ever again. Plus every purchase of an RCup funds a sustainable solution to global waste – it’s made from recycled coffee cups. RCup is BPA free, dishwasher safe, leak proof and designed for a 10+ years lifetime. Our reusable cup measures 340ml. It has a height of 168mm with, and 144mm without the lid. The diameter at the base is 64 mm and the lid has a diameter of 84 mm,“
Since this Cup arrived at my house and I started trying it out for this review, I have used it every single day. I love the fact that this doesn’t look like your usual travel flask/cup and the natural tones and muted colours are absolutely beautiful. One of my favourite aspects of this cup is that its so simple to open and close, you can easily detect if its open or closed and you can drink from any part of the lid meaning there’s no specific spout that you have to drink from resulting in an awkward close/leaking.
I’ll be honest, I was a little bit hesitant when I saw that RCup were boasting that these cups were completely leak-proof because bar my favourite flasks every single cup I have had in the past that has said it was leak-proof has been far from it which hasn’t been ideal for travelling at all. But this cup actually delivers and from what I can tell after trying it over the last few months it is pretty much leak-proof. I say pretty much and not completely as if there is any tea at all residing in the lid after a mouthful a few drop do fall out but nothing else, you just have to be careful and make sure you finish each mouthful completely.
While I say that this is pretty much completely leak-proof I really wouldn’t suggest putting it in your bag along side other things, because you only have to push the lid once to open it and anything in your bag could do that. It’s okay for cups and things like that but I wouldn’t personally chance putting it in my bag along side so many different things that could possibly open it. This cup doesn’t say it’s supposed to have any thermal quality to it but with it being advertised as a travel cup I would have expect it to be able to keep tea warm for at least an hour or the average commute time. But it doesn’t and you pretty much have to drink it straight away otherwise it will cool drastically in at last 10 minutes which is a little bit disappointing if I’m honest. I can see it being good for when I’m writing blog posts and I need bigger cups of tea than normal to last me a little longer while writing but I wouldn’t say it would be worth taking it out of the house.For the most part my fiancé and I only travel within an hour or so of where we live and if it was just able to keep my tea warm for at least those train journey that would be ideal. Sadly I have other cups and flaks that do that and do much better job of it. I’m not saying this cup is useless as I’ve gotten so much use of it in the house and I will carry on using it in the house for a long time to come. I hope that over time the amount of virgin plastic used in these cups can be lowered and they can become a little bit better for the environment (they are already working on that).
I can see this being ideal for the vast amount of iced/cold brewed teas I’ll be drinking throughout the summer months and I think the family hampers they offer are perfect for picnics and day trips so If you have little ones I would look into these cups for throughout the summer holidays. I can also see these cup being great for people who work in busy office environments as you know that if it gets knocked over it won’t spill all over your desk space. All in all I have really enjoyed using this the RCup but it does have it’s pros and cons just like most teaware. I’m thankful to RCup for being kind enough to send me one of their cups to try out, I’m more than certain I’ll get so much use of it for such a long time.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.7/5
If you want to find out more about the Rcup/Ashorttwalk or purchase one of these cups for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley