Why coffee’s wasted in a plastic cup

PUBLISHED: 14:26 22 January 2018

A good cup of coffee is meant to be savoured - in a proper cup. Picture: Thinkstock

A good cup of coffee is meant to be savoured - in a proper cup. Picture: Thinkstock


Why waste a good coffee in a terrible plastic cup, says Sharon Griffiths.

The puzzle is why we need so many plastic coffee cups in the first place. They make the coffee taste pretty disgusting. Even good coffee tastes ordinary. Ordinary coffee tastes foul.

Fine for emergencies, of course. But as a treat? No way. It’s just not a pleasant experience, certainly not one worth choking the seas with rubbish.

Slurping through that little hole is horribly reminiscent of hospital feeding cups, while walking down the street trying to drink coffee from a cup without a lid is just asking for stains all down your front.

Granted, some of the coffee chains use cups so huge and thick that they’re more like shaving mugs but even they are better than plastic-coated cardboard.

It’s certainly a world away from those seaside cafes which would let you trundle across the sands with a tray carrying just with proper cups but – oh joy – a teapot and even a milk jug. Another world.

The first time I saw people drinking coffee on the move – in London about 20 years ago – I just thought it was daft. Nothing’s changed my mind since. Good coffee deserves a good cup and a sit down to savour it. Or even a stand up bar such as the Italians enjoy, which at least means you can drink your coffee from a proper cup without having to dodge people, prams, umbrellas and dog dirt.

I wouldn’t drink a G & T while negotiating a crowded pavement so why coffee?

As for people who walk down the street drinking coffee AND talking on their mobiles then frankly, they deserve all the dog dirt they get on their shoes.

Many offices have ritzy coffee machines, most have at least a kettle so I’m just as baffled by those people who buy a coffee to go as they’re going in to work.

It must be costing them a fortune and now we know it’s costing the planet dear as well.

Get a proper cup. Get a proper seat. Your coffee will taste so much nicer. And the world will be a better place.

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