Once I was obsessed with coffee holders in a car. In fact there was a time when the number and location of coffee holders was a deal breaker in the buying of a new car. I told the salesperson that I wasn’t totally happy how the coffee holders were positioned and found them to be inconvenient and difficult to use. He told me “it’s an imperfect world”.
I know THAT but it seems like the ergonomics and functionality of how we keep and drink our beverages on the go is of some importance. Coffee in the States is not a one shot espresso at the local bar. On trains, planes, cars, buses and subways or on a leisurely stroll in the park many Americans find coffee to be an agreeable traveling companion. So having a user-friendly, convenient way to transport your latte or americano is of some importance. Even James May, one of my favorite gearheads, seems to spend time considering this.
A nice thermal coffee mug that will fit your coffee holder comes in as many designs and variations as a coffee-house menu. Some of the best offer excellent temperature retention, leak and spill resistance, stability, comfort while drinking, are simple to open with one hand, easy to wash, durable and hold about 12 ounces of beverage. Also, Mr. Car Salesman, if driving, a 2-1/2-inch-diameter bottom fits most vehicle cup holders and most drivers consider the design, location and number of cup holders to be one of the most important attributes influencing their vehicle purchase.
My world still continues to remain imperfect but I’m happy to say that my recent driving machine includes well-placed cup holders, strategically located for comfort and safety. If a couch potato can dictate the type of cup holders in a recliner sofa what’s so unreasonable about wanting the same attention to a part of our lives that transports our hopes and dreams.