It’s around this time of year that my daily craving for iced coffee is replaced by a craving for a nice mug of tea. But just like McLuhan talked about the medium being the message, I think the vessel plays a big part in the beverage experience. Alice in Montreal is a small Montreal-based company that produces beautiful personalized mugs that are hand-painted with chalk porcelain paint. Whether you want to rep your country, city, or even neighbourhood, company owner Aurélia Turon-Lagot can make it happen. Each mug comes with a chalk pencil to add your own personal touch.