Mustache Mugs

Mustache Mugs

Before today I had never heard of such a thing as a mustache mug/cup! The mugs have a ceramic piece across the top to hold the mustache in place while you’re drinking! However, now that I think about it it is a pretty cool "invention". These particular ones are from a company called Shanware Pottery in New Hampshire.  They are absolutely hysterical and you can order them left or right handed, if you’re wondering.

Apparently these mugs were hugely popular in the Victorian era when men often had long flowing mustaches (i.e. handlebar, etc.).  These ceramic pieces helped keep their mustaches groomed and prevented the mustache wax from melting when they were drinking hot beverages.

Starbucks coffee cups probably do the same job for many, but I’m not a coffee drinker and like a nice cup of tea at home in a proper cup. 

I suppose for most people in the world these days it’s not a big deal since they don’t have beard/mustache! But for all us Sikhs who do have this facial hair you have probably experienced getting: soggy mustache (drinking tea), soup (daal) mustache, cake mustache, and all the flavors of mustache/beard snacks that get entangled in the glorious beard and mustache. I know many Sikhs like to use hair fixer to tame their hair, but I prefer the natural look, so maybe only some of you have these issues??

It’s one of those things which I don’t think is talked about much, but is something that us hairy folk have to deal with on a daily basis. I cannot eat a meal without having a good napkin close by. It would be dangerous, especially on social occasions without one! It pains me to see a fellow Sikh brother with "snacks" hanging out in his beard unknowingly. I think there is an unsaid "bro code" to give the other guy the "beard dhari check" which I normally do by looking at them and flicking my beard down. Most get the sign language right away. On the other hand, I do know some people who while eating let it all hang out and get saturated in the beard/mustache. I personally can’t handle that. It’s torture just watching these types eat!

As a Sikh Man with a mustache there are certain foods which are particularly "dangerous"!  Here are a few items on my "dangerous list". Mexican Tostada – With sour cream and Guacamole on top, Ice cream cone, Large Burger/sandwitch. What foods are on your list for hard to eat with beard/mustache??

9 Responses to “Mustache Mugs”

  1. Gursimran Singh says:

    This post was hilarious. probably the funniest.

  2. Thanks, Gurumustuk ji. I needed that.

  3. I wish I could by such cups here in Punjab.Although I have almost given up sweets but would like to say that Pista Burfi is risky to try at a public place.

  4. i know a Singh who cuts his sandwiches into 1/4ths into nice little strips that can slip right into the middle of his mouth without getting caught on the mustache. i thought that was a nice little tip i can share. i agree tostadas are about the worst. i usually have my food in one hand and a napkin in the other. i don't know what it is about a beard that it's like a food magnet. i didn't used to spill food on myself before i grew a beard, and now it's hard to avoid. i think the mustache knocks the food down and then the beard catches it.

  5. mrsikhnet says:

    Gurujot, sounds like we have a game of catch! I can just see the games rules coming out….

  6. Nishan says:

    I have seen this mustachio cup in India. One of my friends grandfather showed it to me. It was Victorian style. According to him this cup was designed for East India Company (British) Employees because they all had long mustachio.

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  8. Dave says:

    I manage to never get my mustache in contact with any liquid. What I instinctly do is I kind of kiss the bevarage as I drink it. When its tea I sip which causes a lip puckering effect wich helps avoid contact and I contact the mug or cup in a shallow fashion.

    What I mean is if you are a Khalsa lady you know it feels ok to let the upper lip sink into a cold liquid when you drink – for lipstick wearers too bad as your already drinking toxic lipstic.

    Now for the guys you just want to avoid the upper lip sinking into a cold beverage, very easy to do, just practive by pretending to drink the side of a extended finger. The goal is to make your lips only touch, then try something similar to what many horses do extend your lips forward allitele like they are tools to grab with – practice by trying to push away your finger a 1/4 inch or so by extending your lips forward.

    But those cups are good for when you have them,

  9. Harjit Singh says:

    ice cream in a cone…o i miss you so much