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Why Some Copper Mugs are Lined with Tin or Nickel

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When you are shopping for copper mugs in which to serve your Moscow Mule (or any of its dozens of variants) you may be surprised how many “solid copper mugs” actually have a tin or nickel lining. Besides the obvious fact that ‘solid copper’ would seem to preclude the presence of other metals you may be wondering A) why some copper mugs are lined and some are not and B) whether there is any danger drinking out of a mug that’s lined with tin or nickel; or any other material for that matter. Well, we here at Paykoc aim to please so we’re going to do our best to put the matter to rest.

Why Some Copper Mugs are Lined with Tin or Nickel

The Whys and Whats of Lined Copper Mugs

When people come to the Paykoc website and start browsing our extensive collection of beautiful copper Moscow Mule mugs they’re often struck by the fact that some are available with a tin lining while most others are sold without a lining. The fact is there’s no great mystery to why that is so. It typically comes down to a couple of different reasons:

  • Personal preference - In spite of the fact that volumes of scientific evidence points to there being no health hazard involved in drinking out of an unlined solid copper mug there are still those who feel more comfortable when there is a lining between the copper and their drink. In this case then it all comes down to simple matter of personal preference. Since we’re in the business of customer satisfaction we’re happy to provide the option of a tin lining for those of our customers who would prefer it for whatever reason. It’s no more complicated than that.
  • Structural reasons - Since copper is a soft metal it’s not too hard to put a dent in it if you drop it from, say, the counter to the floor. While dents can typically be fixed with little effort (though some people like the look of a more ‘aged’ copper mug) there’s something to be said for a mug that has a little more umph to it. A tin or nickel lining will provide that extra bit of structural support that makes the mug a little more capable of withstanding the trials of everyday life in the kitchen or bar. So, tin lining, stronger mug, fewer dents and dings.

Things That Have Nothing to do With Why Copper Mugs Are Lined

Now that you know why we offer some mugs with tin linings here are a couple of reasons people think copper mugs are lined that actually aren’t true:

  • Because copper is dangerous to your health - This popular myth is driven by numerous inaccurate blog posts on the Internet. Some go so far as to state categorically that drinking from an unlined mug can be hazardous to your health. The authors cite the fact that trace amounts of copper can leach from the mug surface into the drink as proof that copper mugs are dangerous. What they don’t tell you is that those trace amounts are so small that you’d have to drink several dozen drinks a day, every day, out of your copper mug before it would even begin to be problematic. They also neglect to mention that the body needs small amounts of copper to promote healthy cell growth and to stave off conditions like anemia and various cardiovascular irregularities.
  • To keep your drink colder - We’ve seen this one make the rounds as well. But the fact is that a lining doesn’t do anything to keep your delicious Moscow Mule (or lemonade or smoothie or any other drink) any colder than if the mug were unlined. In fact, there is some evidence to suggest that an unlined copper mug may in fact do a better job of keeping your drink cold than a lined mug. But in either case copper mugs aren’t lined in an effort to keep drinks colder.

We hope this short post has helped clear up any misconceptions you may have about copper mug linings. Keep in mind that we offer an incredible array of both lined and unlined copper mugs so you’re bound to find a style that will serve your kitchen or bar area to a tee.


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