Ember's new Phone-controlled coffee cup is for dinky drinks

Ember Coffee Cup Black
Ember Coffee Cup Black (Image credit: Ember)

What you need to know

  • Ember has announced the Ember Cup, a new iPhone-controlled drinking vessel.
  • Owners can control the temperature using their iPhone and keep their drinks warm.
  • Pricing starts at $99.95

Ember was already the company that made a travel mug that you could control the temperature of using your iPhone, but now it's also the maker of a dinky little coffee cup as well. The new Ember Cup is small at just 6 ounces, making it perfect for those more diminutive drinks like flat whites and espressos.

Ignoring whether you really need to control the temperature of a coffee that you'll drink in a few gulps for a moment, the new cup itself is pretty cool to look at. It comes in two colors — black and copper — with prices that start at a relatively low $99.95. That's a bargain compared to the aforementioned travel mug that cost twice that. The middle child, a 10-ounce Ember Mug, costs $129.95 while the larger 14-ounce offering costs even more.

In terms of functionality, the Ember Cup does what you expect it to do. It holds coffee and can keep your drink hot for up to 1.5 hours so long as it's got battery life to spare. Place it on the charging coaster and there's no limit to how long it'll keep your drink warm.

Ideal for espresso-based drinks such as cappuccinos, cortados, and flat whites, the new Ember Cup 6 oz offers a premium coffee experience that does more than keep your coffee hot. Our smart mug allows you to set your preferred drinking temperature, so you can enjoy your expertly crafted hot drink —just the way you like it— from the first sip to the last drop.

It's all very impressive if you need such a thing in your life and it might just be the best iPhone you could buy for the coffee lover in your life. You can order one right now direct from Ember.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.