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The only cup I use for my coffee
on November 29, 2012
I've owned Bodum Pavina glasses for a little over a year now. I started out with 6 12 ounce cups and 4 of the 8 ounce cups. I am left with 4 of the 12 ounce cups and 2 of the 8 ounce cups. We hand wash these cups only based on the reviewers stating the rubber seal on the bottom of the cup doesn't survive the dish washer. Also, if these break, I don't need to spend the afternoon picking glass out of my dishwasher.
At about $10 a piece, I am disappointed in how easily they break. I've had normal cheapy wal-mart glasses break - IF THEY WERE DROPPED ON THE FLOOR! :P When these break we often were left scratching our heads as to why they were broken. I think my wife dropped one while she was washing it from a height of about 4-6 inches in the sink and it cracked. One of the 8 ounce cups I pulled out of the cupboard and discovered a small crack had formed at the top rim of the glass. At the time, I still drank from it (being careful to drink from the side opposite the crack) and then threw the glass away knowing that it would likely continue to crack and break - just wasn't worth the risk ending up with broken glass in my mouth. The others, I don't recall what happened. None were dropped to the floor, however.
So, after about a year, a 33% break rate. My wife doesn't really care for them, so I'm the only one who uses them. I think she's too afraid of breaking them.
What they do have going for them is they keep my coffee hot to the last sip. I preheat the glass before I put my coffee in it using hot water and letting it sit for a minute or so. The glass (and the air gap) absorbs the heat from the water so that when I put my coffee in the glass, none of the heat from the coffee is lost to warm up the glass. I do believe this is important, and I do the same for any cup or mug I use for a hot drink.
I don't have experience with an older version of this glass that didn't have the silicone seal on the bottom. I don't personally find this to be a problem. Yes, the glass gets slightly warm to the touch. However, I believe that the heat lost through the glass is negligible when you consider that most of the beverage's heat is lost out the top of the glass anyways. I would say maybe 2% of the heat is lost THROUGH the glass and 98% of heat is lost out the top of the glass. In the grand scheme of things, how much does the heat loss through the glass matter?
Overall, I like the glasses for what I use them for. I just wish they wouldn't break so often. I ask you, would you wad up a perfectly good $10 bill and throw it in the trash? No. Every time one of these breaks, that's exactly what it feels like. However, as long as I have these, I won't use anything else for my coffee.