There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh brewed coffee first thing in the morning. Whether you like a little caffeine boost or prefer a calm cup of tea, a mug is the first thing you’ll need.
From espresso to oversized, coffee mugs come in all shapes and sizes and are suited to the type of beverage you’re drinking.
While drinking coffee is the most obvious use for a coffee mug, there are many other ways to creatively use your mug. A custom photo mug makes the perfect gift, or you can fill an oversized latte mug with soup or your favorite snacks. To narrow down the perfect cup size, we outline coffee mug sizes in our guide, so you’ll know which is best for the beverage of your choice.
Coffee Mug Size Guide
To decide on a coffee mug size, first think about your drink of choice. Do you prefer a shot of espresso or a warm foamy latte? Are you a mom on the go or do you travel a lot? Our guide below lists the most common coffee cups and the best mug to enjoy in those sizes.
|Mug Size (Ounces)
Standard Coffee Mugs
A coffee mug anywhere from 8 to 10 ounces is a good size for your favorite drip coffee. If you consider yourself a more serious caffeine drinker, you may want to graduate to an 11 or 15-ounce cup. We break down standard coffee cup sizes below and share the best uses for each.
Espresso is the base for most specialty coffees – meaning that fancy vanilla oat milk latte starts with a simple shot of espresso. A shot of espresso typically comes served in a 2 to 3-ounce cup (also called a demitasse) with a small handle. Espresso cups are narrow at the base and wider at the rim, designed to help concentrate the flavor of the shot.
Best for: Shot of espresso
A cappuccino is typically prepared with a single shot of espresso and an equal amount of steamed milk. Then, it’s topped with foam. Cappuccinos typically come in a 5 to 6-ounce cup that has a narrow base and a wider rim. Both charming and traditional, cappuccino mugs are usually paired with a matching saucer plate.
Best for: Cappuccinos, of course!
Classic Coffee Mug
Whether you work in an office or work from home, a classic coffee mug is the perfect companion. This mug holds around 8 to 11 ounces depending on the height of the cup. Regardless of your drink of choice, you can dress up your desk with a personalized mug, desk calendar and pretty plant. If you have a lot on your plate, daydream about your upcoming trip to Venice or reminisce on your past vacation with a fun photo mug.
Best for: Your beverage of choice – filtered coffee, pour over or French press
A latte is served in a wider bowl-shaped cup and holds around 11 to 15 ounces. If you like to add coffee flavors, plant-based milk, or latte art, a latte mug gives you the extra room to do so. The wide cup shape makes it easy on you or a barista to pour the steamed milk into the espresso. Plus, what better way to keep your pup close than labeling a mug with their name and a few adorable dog illustrations.
Best for: Latte, tea or soup
Oversized Coffee Mugs
Oversized coffee mugs serve many purposes other than coffee, believe it or not. Let’s explore some ways to get creative with your oversized drinkware.
Oversized Classic Mug
Sometimes a normal cup of coffee just doesn’t cut it – a little extra room is necessary to make it through those early mornings. An oversized classic coffee mug holds around 20 to 25 ounces.
Best for: Extra cup of coffee (and caffeine)
Whether you’re preparing for the big game or celebrating an anniversary, it’s time to pull out the growler and beer steins. An oversized latte mug is the perfect dish to hold those yummy snacks when your stomach is growling. Spice up the table decor with a few photo gallery latte mugs, a tray and a tea towel to catch any spills.
Best for: Extra large latte, snacks, soup or dessert
Travel Coffee Mugs
The easiest way to get your coffee intake on the go is with a travel mug. The insulation of a travel mug not only keeps your drinks hot or cold, but prevents spills when you’re driving or running around.
Travel mugs hold anywhere from 15 to 20 ounces of coffee and fit perfectly in your cup holder. Show off some personality with a DIY marker mug and personalized travel mug by adding your favorite travel quote or some adorable photos of the family. A travel tumbler also makes the perfect gift for a coffee lover that simply doesn’t have time to sip a beverage at home.
Best for: Drink of choice, on the go
If you need a little extra stability with your travel mug, consider one with a handle. Travel mugs with a handle come in larger sizes holding anywhere from 15 to 20 ounces of coffee. Include a collage of photos with your dog, family or friends to remember when you’re traveling.
Best for: Drink of choice, on the go
Coffee not only keeps you energized, but gives you the motivation to tackle the day. It wouldn’t be possible to enjoy your favorite beverage without the adorable mug that keeps it warm. Find your perfect cup based on your desired use and drink of choice, then personalize it so it’s a mug you’ll want to carry with you all day.