Do you have "favourite cup syndrome"?

Cup - Favourite cup
@paula27661 (15899)
Australia
March 19, 2009 8:55pm CST
I heard on the radio that research has proven that a drink from one's favourite cup actually tastes better; something to do with fooling a certain part of the brain or something like that...I know...someone has actually researched this! I have several favourite cups, one for tea, one for small coffee, one for large coffee etc...And I have been known to inflict severe pain to anyone who uses any of my cups and mugs, I'm just touchy I guess but I would be sad without them not panicked but sad; some people have actually felt panic at the loss of something that is a favourite; could be a cup, a pen, anything really. Do you have "favourite cup syndrome?" Does your tea or coffee taste better in your favourite cup? What else do you have that is a favourite? Please share....
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@Elegant7 (142)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I absolutely will not drink my hot chocolate from any other mug but the brown one shaped like a flower pot. Seriously. Other than that, I'm often weird about my coffee and if it's not in a Starbucks cup, it doesn't taste the same to me. When I have coffee at home, I always use a small green mug. That and I'm extremely defensive about 'my' mug and don't like other people using it/them.
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• Australia
20 Mar 09
I want a coffee mug shaped like a flower pot!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
20 Mar 09
I want a flower pot one too!I am so glad I am not alone with my "favourite cup syndrome"! Thanks for responding!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
25 Mar 09
Absolutely! I have my favorite cups - two of them and tea, coffee..definitely tastes better in those! No I am not kidding you, when at home I just have to have my cup right or else even the most finest of teas start to taste different. Researches show that the cups, the utensils and the material have a lot to do with our taste. The fact that different cups with different materials touch the different part of out tongue, our taste buds things start to taste different! So see, this favorite cup syndrome makes perfect sense!.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
25 Mar 09
That's good to know for sure because I definitely prefer the taste of my coffee and tea in my favourite cups, thanks for the information mimpi!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
25 Mar 09
You are welcome.
@balasri (26554)
• India
21 Mar 09
My cup - This has a significance.I used to buy a lot of Asterix comics to my niece when she was young.Now she has grown up and has visited the Gaul land and bought this cup for me remembering the good old days.Isn't it beautiful?
Yes I do have.This the cup I use now.Everything tastes great in this as my beloved niece has brought it exclusively from Paris.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
22 Mar 09
Now, that's special! All the way from Paris, you must treasure it. Thanks for responding!
@balasri (26554)
• India
22 Mar 09
Yeah and I am being very careful that there is no slip between that cup and my lip.
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
20 Mar 09
I totally believe that! I have a couple of favourite cups. I think I tend to prefer cups with a thinner lip than thicker ones. Yes, I also agree that it 'tastes' better! I just enjoy it more. It doesn't suprise me that it's a psychological thing. My grandmother and I had a bit of a rocky relationship when I was a teenager but things had gotten a lot better between us over the past few years. She gave me two tea cups and saucers with flowers all over them. At first I avoided drinking out of the cups, preferring my 'old faithfuls' but since my Grandma got sick a couple of months ago and sadly passed away last week, I just can't drink out of any other cup than the ones she gave me. Now I'm scared of breaking one of them! I also agree with the notion that people feel panic when they lose their favourite pen. Whenever I lose one at work (I'm a vet nurse and vets are awesome pen stealers) I panic and get sad at the thought that I'll never get to write with that pen again! It is strange. Interesting topic!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
20 Mar 09
It's weird the attachments we make with certain objects. I like thin lipped cups for tea and thicker for coffee and that is the way it has to be! Thanks for a great response, I appreciate it!
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• Australia
30 Mar 09
Thin for tea, thick for coffee? I like your thinking and I think I agree. Thanks for the best response!
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
20 Mar 09
Of course. The favorite cup that I had wore out. It was a coffee mug. What made it so great was that it was not heavy, it had these thin walls. When the hot coffee went into the cup it stayed hot as there was not a lot of mass sucking away the heat. I think it has to do with temperature as much as psychology.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
20 Mar 09
I hadn't thought of that, it's a combination of things that make a cup perfect!
• Canada
21 Mar 09
I found that heavy cups suck the heat out of the coffee, and a lot of cups have thick walls. It is half cold before you get to drink it. I go into a local restaurant and they give you a ceramic pot which holds a lot of tea, in fact a little more than two cups. I take a paper cup with a lid and when I am finished my meal I usually have a cup of tea left so I take it with me. It seems to stay warm in the paper cup longer than if I left it in a regular cup. I am sure the thin walls and insulative value of the paper helps keep it hot. The worst thing is a styrofoam cup. It always seems to impart a plastic flavour.
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I can't say that I do. I don't drink hot tea or coffee. Just cold beverages. But, haven't found a particular glass that I prefer to drink out of as of yet. Who knows someday I just might. Excellent topic Paula. Thank you for sharing.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
20 Mar 09
There's nothing like your favourite cup, it's like a favourite pair of slippers, comfortable! Thanks MaryLynn!
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• United States
21 Mar 09
Right, like favorite blankets, sweaters, pots and pans, furniture, cars, etc.
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Hi, I have my favorit coffee cup and I have my favorite glass for cold drinks because it measures out exactly 16 ounces and thats what I have my milk in the morning.. All of us in the house have our own coffee cup.I will not use any one elses coffee cup and no one uses mine.
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I do have a favorite cup, not that it makes the contents taste better, just makes me feel better to have MY cup! LOL
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
20 Mar 09
I'm glad I'm not the only one!
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
30 Mar 09
yes i have my favorite cup too and even did not wash it i still using it because i dont want to use other cups
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
31 Mar 09
I love my favourite cup but I do have to wash it! Thanks for response!
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
I DO have favourite cup syndrome, yes! lol. In my office, there is one particular mug that I always have my coffee in each day and if the coffee arrives in a different mug, then I'm not happy at all and will go searching for my mug! As far as I'm concerned, yes it DOES taste better in this particular mug and it just seems odd to have it in any other one. I never realized until now that there's a syndrome attached to it though! Aside from my mug, I can't think of any other favourite must-haves right now.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
The taste thing is clearly psychological but I can sure relate to it! My coffee is not the same in any old mug either, thanks for responding James!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
21 Mar 09
I most definitely have a few favorite coffee mugs...the one I use all the time now I got from the 99-cents store and it has this uplifting saying on it: [i]FOLLOW YOUR DREAM ..." Follow your dream wherever it leads Don't be distracted by less worthy needs Shelter it, nourish it, help it to grow Let your heart hold it down deep where dreams go. Follow your dream, pursue it with haste; Life is too precious, too fleeing to waste... Be faithful, by loyal, then all your life through the dream that you follow will keep coming true..." [/i] Nice way to start the day, huh? I actually used to have a set of three mugs with beautiful wolf drawings on each of them...my dear sweet mother though broke them on me ....she seem to do that whenever she was ticked off at me. She never could stomach my saying something honest to her,so in sort of "vengeance" would take it out on my mugs and break them as she washed them up...sweet huh? I would notice she never broke any mug or anything of hers..strange, no?
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
I love the saying. What a mean mother! Breaking someone's favourite things on purpose is so cruel! Thanks for sharing pyewacket
@mysdianait (64064)
• Italy
21 Mar 09
Yes! I always have tea in a white cup that is beginning to get quite old now. Coffee, if it's milky coffee, in a mug and espresso in 'my' cup which must be decades old by now. I had no idea this was a syndrome though. What happens when the favorite cup breaks - do we get withdrawal symproms too?
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
You know, I think we probably would get withdrawal symptoms! I felt quite upset when one of mine broke, who knows why... Thanks for the response!
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
Hi, paula. Yes! I have my own cup at home and no one dares to touch it. I am also really picky with the spoon and fork that I use. Uh oh Lol! I do not feel comfortable eating if my spoon and fork are too light and not of the same design. Have a nice day!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
I know it's funny isn't it; how we can find comfort just using certain things, go figure! Thanks for responding!
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
21 Mar 09
I don't think I do - all of our cups are the same. There is one cup my husband usually uses for coffee, but that's because it's the one that fits into the coffee maker.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
That's practical, on the other hand people with 'favourite cup syndrome' are not practical at all, it has to be "the" cup or else! Thanks for the response!
@JABeau59 (446)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I don't drink coffee, so no favorite cup. I do however have a favorite spoon. I don't know where it came from as it doesn't match any of our other utensils, but I have to have it when I eat soup. My husband always makes sure I have it if he is the one cooking that night. My husband HAD a favorite cup, which he broke last week. It was green with a picture of Goofy on it. It was kind of over sized and he was very sad when he dropped it.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
I can feel your husband's pain, I really can! My hubby broke one of my special cups and I overreacted like you wouldn't believe! Thanks for responding!
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
20 Mar 09
i dont have a favourite cup per se because i dont drink coffee, but as odd as it may be, i have a favourite fork, knife and spoon and of course, i have a favourite pen at work! i dont know why it is, but maybe its because of familiarality.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
I find it's a comfort thing and it is really important that I have my favourite things, thanks for the response!
@jeneias (608)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Oh wow, I wouldn't consider myself to have this syndrome, or anyone in my family...but I think my father has "favorite fork syndrome" --- he will NOT eat unless he has this particular fork. It's ridiculous! lol
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
Things like that can make others crazy but trust me it can't be helped! Thanks for responding!
• United States
20 Mar 09
Haha I'm going to start paying attention to that now. I don't think I have a favorite cup or mug since I don't drink coffe much or hot chocolate either. I'm pretty sure my mom has one. But I think she has a favorite mug color because we have mugs that have shoe graphics on them and she drinks out of those, but she also drinks out of the plain orange orange cups we have too. My dad, on the other hand, I don't think he cares much as long as he has his coffee.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
It's not as important to some people, for those afflicted with the 'favourite cup syndrome' there's no hope! (LOL)
@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
20 Mar 09
I'm big into favourite cups. I look for cups to buy to make my favourites. I'm not sure about tasting better but I do feel better using a likeable cup. And its a horror if they fall and break like has happened with me more than once. I guess its a cup thing.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
My favourite mugs and cups have cats on them because I love cats as well and everyone in our house knows the cat cups are mine and mine only! My husband accidentally broke one once and as you can imagine, I was very cross with him which was unreasonable but as you say it's a cup thing. Thanks for responding!
@irishidid (8521)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Now that's funny and strangely true! I have three cups that I'll use without a problem, but if I get coffee in a cup not of those three it throws my day completely off. I think it's the feel of the cup for me more than anything.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
I know exacly what you mean! The wrong cup can spoil a really good coffee. Thanks for responding!
@LCHBheart (167)
• Singapore
20 Mar 09
Hi Paula27661, I do have a favorite cup as well. It is a huge bowl shaped cup that I got for free at a company outing. I use it for drinks, for soups, for almost anything. I hate it when my brother uses my cup too (so I actually hide it in my room till I need to use it).
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 09
I hate it too when someone else uses my favourite cup, thanks for responding, I appreciate it!