Timolino SVW-1200MMR 40-Ounce Apline Vacuum Bottle Short, Magenta Red
- 18/8 stainless steel inside and out
- Vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot, cold and fresh for hours
- Push-button pour-through stopper pops up for convenient pouring, closes tightly when the cup is attached, and won't leak
- Electro-polished food-grade 18/8 stainless steel liner does not absorb beverage colors or flavors and is easy to clean
- Widemouth accommodates ice cube; comes with two drinking cups
40 Oz. Color Alpine Vacuum Bottle Tall Magenta Red - 18/8 Stainless Steel Inside And Out. Vacuum Insulation Keeps Drinks Hot, Cold And Fresh For Hours. Push Button Pour-Through Stopper Pops Up For Convenient Pouring, Closes Tightly When The Cup Is Att
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The push button to serve feature is convenient: it is possible to pour coffee using just one hand. However, you need to be careful: you have to keep pouring coffee - the last little bit - after you close the push button valve; otherwise the small amount left in the valve will spill out. I shake the bottle into my cup after closing the valve to avoid spills. Also, due to the cap / valve design, you can't quite empty the entire bottle using the valve. To get the last of the coffee out, you need to remove the cap completely, and coffee trapped in the valve system always seems to spill out at that point. Pouring is a little slow, but that's safer IMO.
Because the valve system traps a little liquid, you'd never want to put cream, milk, etc. in the coffee inside the thermos, because it would be very difficult to flush enough water through the valve to clean out old milk. The bottle part is easy to clean; the valve is not.
This bottle is better so far than my last one in one respect: my old bottle would make an annoying whistling sound all afternoon as the coffee inside cooled and contracted and air entered the bottle through the cap. This bottle has rubber seals that prevent this.
The bottle comes with two cups as described, but be aware that the second cup, which can be nested inside the cap / insulated cup, is nothing more than a plastic shell - like half of a ball. It could be used if nothing else were available, I suppose, but it's not desirable. The main cup (the lid) isn't that great either: it has no handle, only a little crescent of plastic which bumps out and serves no real purpose. I believe the plastic crescent was put there to make the cap blend design-wise with the bottle. I suppose you could put your thumb on that piece to stabilize the cup while your fingers support the bottom, but the cup is still quite awkward to hold securely compared to a cup with a handle.
Despite the drawbacks, I gave it a decent rating because I appreciate the company for producing a vacuum bottle for liquids in this hard-to-find height and width.