The 12-ounce Perdomo Cigar Mug ($14.99) features a groove in the top of the handle that’s designed to hold your cigar, while the rest of the drinking vessel can hold coffee. If you’re like me, before I knew this existed, I can’t say that it’s something I wished existed. That’s not because I don’t think it’s a good or bad idea but more so I just never thought about putting a cigar holder on my coffee cup. When I started searching around the internet for other coffee cup cigar holders, I found an antique coffee cup tray that had a cigar holder built into it, a coffee mug/bong combination and a phone case that could hold your coffee cup—but not a coffee cup that holds your cigar. Since there was nothing else I could find to compare it to, I decided the best way to review it was to break it down into its separate functions.
Looking at the coffee mug side of things, it’s pretty standard and straightforward. The logo on the mug is large and pops nicely against the black with the sparkling gold and the burst of white in the middle. I didn’t find any note on whether or not this was dishwasher safe, microwave safe, or any other notes on how I should care for it. So, without any other instructions I treated it just like I would the rest of my coffee mugs. After a couple of months of using it in the dishwasher I’ve determined it isn’t like those other mugs that have the logo or design using a cheap application on top of the glaze, which can crack and deteriorate with only a few high-temp washings. It’s also safe in the microwave, so whatever is used in the logo doesn’t appear to be metal flakes. A couple months in and the mug looks just like it did when I took it out of the box.
It’s significantly larger than your standard eight ounce coffee cup. I have a few larger mugs that hold 12 to 16 ounces, but normally I find myself reaching for the smaller mugs. The reason is ceramic doesn’t really insulate your drink very well, and usually by the time I’m halfway through 12 ounces the coffee has cooled off quite a bit. While that’s a slight negative for me, any other ceramic coffee mug that size will have the same problem and I can work around it by not filling it all the way or making sure I drink the coffee at a little bit faster pace. The positive side about the size is you’re not having to go fill your cup up as much, meaning you don’t have to get up and leave your cigar.
The last thing I’ll point out about coffee mug side is that with larger mugs that hold more liquid like that, I find myself wrapping my fingers around the handle and placing my thumb on top of the handle to steady it so the curved mug doesn’t slip and tip over enough to spill. The cigar holder actually is a wonderful groove that my thumb fits perfectly in, steadying the mug even more than normal.
The first thing I always notice about ashtrays or cigar holders is the size of the stirrup that the cigar is meant to rest in. While the rest of the mug measures 4” deep by 3 3/4″ in diameter, the stirrup itself measures 1 1/4″ long and right around 1” wide. While it’s not very deep – only about a quarter of an inch – it does seem to hold a cigar well enough. I’m not sure it would hold up to a strong wind, but for most applications it’s going to work just fine. The design over all isn’t my ideal choice as far as cigar stirrups go, I usually prefer them to be just a little bit deeper to hold my cigar nice and secure.
Usually when I’m sipping coffee and smoking a cigar, the cigar remains between my pointer and middle finger and I pick up the mug with my ring finger, middle finger, pinky and thumb. For purposes of using the mug like I imagined it was designed for, I did try leaving the cigar resting in the groove while I picked it up for a drink. Resting your thumb on top of the cigar keeps it securely in place while you drink and overall it actually works pretty well, though it is a little awkward if you’re just grabbing the mug by habit.
One thing I thought would happen using this mug is surely, at some point, that I would accidentally ash my cigar in my coffee or at the very least get a few flakes in it. In the entire time I used it that didn’t happen once however, which was a bit surprising considering how clumsy I can be and how close proximity the cigar and coffee were.
I think that this might be a solution for a problem that doesn’t really exist, seeing as most places you smoke you’re going to have an ashtray to ash your cigar in – and for the most part that means you’ll have a place to rest your cigar too. Even in the event that you are just ashing on the ground and want someplace to rest your cigar, I would probably choose one of those foldable cigar rests that allow me to manipulate my cigar and coffee separately. If for some reason you’re very limited on table space however, this could be a very nice solution for both a coffee mug and a place to rest your cigar when it’s not in your hand. It appears some sites claim the MSRP of this at $24.99, though Perdomo’s site itself lists it at $14.99. While that’s not necessarily a cheap coffee mug, it’s not really priced so high that you would be hard pressed to try one out yourself. In the end it might not be my ideal cigar accessory, but it is a pretty nice coffee mug. If you’re a fan of Perdomo, it’s a nice coffee mug with Perdomo’s logo on it, and if you choose you can rest your cigar on it – so what’s not to like?