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Old 10-20-2015, 01:23 AM   #1
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Glass Coffee Mug - Warning

I'm very lucky - I made a cup of coffee with my pour through filter in a big glass coffee mug I got from WalMart - dark blue and sort of flared outward at the edges. I know they also came in clear. Just after pouring the water in, I heard a snap and noticed that there were a few drops of water leaking out along the seam of the cup.

I thought the mug had cracked, but didn't realize the crack went all the way around the bottom of he mug. I picked it up at the handle to dump it in the sink and the whole mugful went all over the counter and the floor - and a bit on me. Luckily nothing serious, but that could have been a major scald. So If you have any glass mugs from WalMart, seriously think about getting rid of them. This was the second that went bad, the first broke in the sink when I poured boiling rinse water over a small load of dishes. As a precaution I threw away the last two.

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Old 10-20-2015, 09:45 AM   #2
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:46 AM   #3
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Paula, I do my best to avoid Walmart. The only time I will shop for anything there is when there is no viable alternative.
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:04 AM   #4
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Glass mugs

I have always heard that glass mugs were not a good vessel for hot beverages. My granny had these cool "globe" type clear glass mugs years ago and poured coffee in one of them and... crack and shatter. Granny said you could avoid that by putting in a spoon before pouring in the hot liquid, as the spoon would take the jolt of the heat. I've never tried it however and just not used glass mugs. As a kiddo, that left quite an impression on me.



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Some glass mugs are heat-treated using the same process as Pyrex or Corning Ware (at least the old pre-Chinese Corning Ware). Anchor Hocking is one brand that produces heat-treated glass mugs, but I'm not sure if their entire line is heat-treated or only some styles. So unless you specifically see a label on them that says "safe for hot liquids" I'd avoid glass mugs and stick with ceramic mugs.
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I had my favorite Bodum mug explode last winter. There was no chip, scratch or crack.
It simply exploded as I poured hot coffee into it.
You should always pour hot liquid over an upside down spoon in the mug as you pour in....
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Yes. There is Corning, NY. And then there is China. The spoon in a glass works, if you pour slowly. Mom always had her coffee in a pint glass.
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A spoon in the glass before pouring in the hot water/coffee; it works. I must have seen my father do that a 100 times. He was an Iowa farm boy born in 1906. They had to make do with what was available.
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Drink bourbon. Problem solved.
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We've been using 16 oz. Anchor Hocking glass coffee mugs for a long time like these at Amazon, made in USA, have the little anchor symbol embossed on the bottom. Is this the type that failed?

http://www.amazon.com/Anchor-Hocking.../dp/B001J89VUC
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Hi, I have been making my iced tea in a glass candy bowl; It looks like a fish bowl with a chrome lid. [I don't use the lid] I always fill it about 1/4th full of cold water before pouring in my heated water. I pour the hot water in slowly. One time I skipped the cold water and I was pouring the hot water in slowly. Then CRACK, and my candy bowl broke and water went everywhere. Cheap glass can't take fast heat. I bought another candy bowl and it works fine if I start with cold water first. Ceramic or tempered glass cups are for hot drinks.
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