Ember Launches Smaller iPhone-Controlled Coffee Cup With Temperature Control
Ember this week expanded its lineup of temperature-controlled mugs with a new 6-ounce Ember Cup designed for espresso-based drinks such as cappuccinos, cortados, and flat whites. Ember Cup pricing starts at $99.95 in the United States, making it the cheapest option in the Ember lineup, but it is also quite small.
With a built-in battery, the Ember Cup keeps your coffee or other hot beverage at your desired drinking temperature for up to 90 minutes, or for as long as necessary when placed on the included charging coaster. The cup can be connected to an iPhone via Bluetooth, allowing it to be controlled with the Ember app to set your preferred temperature between 120°F and 145°F, preset temperatures based on drink type, and more.
When used without a smartphone, the Ember Cup keeps beverages at 135°F by default. A smart LED on the bottom of the cup indicates when the beverage has reached the desired temperature, which is then maintained by the cup.
While the Ember Cup is the most affordable Ember model today, it is worth noting that the original Ember Mug used to start at $79.95 when we reviewed it several years ago. Ember Mug pricing has since increased to $129.95 for the 10-ounce option and to $149.95 for the 14-ounce option. There is also an Ember Travel Mug available for $199.95.
Ember Cup can be ordered through Ember's website, with a black model available for $99.95 and a copper model available for $129.95. Apple also sells Ember Mugs through its online store, but it does not yet carry the Ember Cup.
Top Rated Comments
I hate this. I hate everything about it.
Though I was initially hesitant, due to the price, I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I drink my coffee and tea relatively slowly, and having it at the perfect temperature - no matter what - is fantastic.
Considering how much coffee and tea I drink, and how much it improves my day-to-day work and/or relaxation time, it's a small price to pay, really - I've paid far more for gadgets, clothes, and other bits that I use far less often.
If you drink your hot drinks a bit slowly, yet like them hot, this is the product line for you, my friend. :)
Note: I find the irony of people freaking out about other people spending more than average on a gadget, while on an Apple-based forum, to be deliciously hilarious.
I'm guessing that they discovered their only buyers were rich folks who make frivolous purchases and they realized that's the kind of customer base who would still buy it whether it's $80 or $200.