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For many, coffee is the only way to start a day. It’s what fuels you, puts some pep in your step and after just one cup, you feel like you can tackle anything. Because, like any potion made from magical beans, it brings you to life. All that being said though, it can be sucky when some of your favourite scalding, caffeinated beverage spills on you. And it can burn like the dickens.

But do you know why you just burned yourself? Not because you’re in a rush or you’re a clumsy oaf, but because you’re not holding your cup right. That’s right, according to scientists, you’ve been holding your cup or mug the wrong way all your life.

The recent report, “A Study on the Coffee Spilling Phenomena in the Low Impulse Regime,” which was published in the journal Achievements in the Life Sciences, states that the right way to hold your coffee mug is to form your hand into a claw and hold your coffee (tea or other hot bevvie) from above.

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That’s right, the claw.

Nope, a vice-like grip won’t do it.

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Neither is the “correct” way by holding the handle.

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You guys, you guys, like this:

The right way to hold coffee
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Jiwon Han, the lead author of the study, explains because “the magnitude of acceleration in the claw-hand model is significantly smaller, the claw-hand posture is less likely to spill coffee.”

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You’re welcome. Anything to save you from losing even one precious drop.