With the reusable cup market growing at a fast pace, it is sometimes hard to keep up with the latest trends in the eco-friendly world.
The Ceramic Reusable Cup
Well, it is probably the closest thing you are going to get to actually sitting in an espresso bar drinking out of the vessels supplied by the business.
Over the last few weeks I have noticed a growth in the ceramic reusable cup bought in by customers. Most of these customers have had other keep cups over the years including plastic ones, stainless steel, glass and silicone. From the feedback I have so far received, this style of keep cup seems to be the go to for most people.
What’s so good about these reusable cups?
These cups are ideal for people who are purists with their coffee consumption. With the cup being ceramic, there is no taste of foreign objects that can sometimes come with plastic or silicone reusable cups. Importantly, they don’t deteriorate either, which, for the health conscious, you know that over time you are only consuming the coffee, not the plastic or silicone that may be breaking down with constant use.
Most of the reusable ceramic cups come with a silicon lid. From my discussions with customers who have these cups, the silicone lids are really only to ensure the coffee does not spill. Most customers prefer to remove the lid before they drink the coffee.
Another positive of the ceramic reusable cup is the heat retention. The cups seem to hold the heat a lot better than glass or silicone, however Stainless steel models, still seem to have the edge over all of them though with regard to heat retention.
Are there criticisms of the ceramic reusable cup?
Probably the most complaints raised is the price. Most ceramic reusable cups are hand made by potters. You are not likely to find these types of travel cups on major internet stores as most of them are sourced from small owner operator stores, who have contracted potters that hand make them in small batches. However, there is usually a reason why they are more expensive, and that is the quality you’ll find in these reusable ceramic travel cups. There are a number of retailers in Australia who sell them, and my personal favourite is Guild of Objects in Fitzroy Melbourne. https://guildofobjects.com/
From a barista’s point of view, the only thing we need to check is the actual size of the cup. Although most potters try to make them 8oz and 12oz, with the cups being hand made, the size can vary. So it is essential that the barista checks the size before making the coffee to ensure the coffee is made with the right strength.
The only other weakness is the fragility. Ceramic does not bounce so it pays to look after your ceramic reusable coffee cup whilst you are carrying it!
Sure fired winner!
Many of my customers love the fact that their ceramic reusable cup is “one of a kid”. With each being hand made, every cup with have its own nuance.
Personally, I find the ceramic keep cup probably the best reusable cup to invest in. Many cafes now give a discount if you bring your own cup. Based on figures at my espresso bar, by the time you have used it 150 times, you have already paid for it. Oh and by the way, you’ve also saved 150 takeaway cups from going into landfill. Not sure there is a better way to help the environment and enjoy your favourite brew.