Enamel mugs have seen a journey from being known for their utility to being an everyday chic item in kitchens. They gained popularity during the First World War after several holloware manufacturers went into government contracts for supplies for the armed services. They were ideal for the military- and outdoor use - due to their lightweight and unbreakable structure. But they weren’t without their flaws.
Despite its popularity, the pros and cons are still a part of the discourse on enamel mugs. However, their superior quality compared to the other available options overlooked its cons. It is an undeniable fact that the conductivity of the metal leads to the mug heating quickly. In short, you can burn both your lips and fingers if holding the cup with a hot drink. But it also became stone-cold within minutes. If that wasn’t enough, the enamel chipped like glass.
Sleepy Owl ventures into branded enamel mugs
After setting a strong foundation in the coffee industry with our Hot and Cold Brews, we decided to introduce branded merchandise. Coffee mugs were the ‘but obvious’ option yet still too generic to venture into. A little research and trials led to the decision of introducing branded enamel mugs that were vibrant and functional.
Rather than following a trend, we decided to take a risk with a classic. Now our blue and green enamel mugs are almost sold out every time they are restocked.
What is enamelware and how it’s made
The process of welding and moulding steel sheets into various utensils has been simplified over the years. A quick sum-up of the process is that a mug form is pressed out of a sheet of steel, which is then dipped in the liquid enamel and fired in a kiln. The interesting part here is the enamel coating, which essentially protects the Sleepy Owl Enamel Mugs from rusting and corrosion.
Enamel is a material produced by fusing powdered glass onto a substrate and is fired with additive pigments. Apart from protection from rusting, coating steel elements with enamel gives the ware a pleasing aesthetic, and guarantees health and safety when enamelware is used in the kitchen. Its durability is the consequence of firing the substance at high temperatures (about 850°C).