A guide to helping make environmentally friendly choices in your coffee shop.
Many of our to-go drink containers (cold cups, lids, java jackets, and straws!) are compostable. We are always working to source the very best single use cups and lids that are easy on the environment. Have your coffee shop make the switch to compostable drink containers to cut back on landfill that can’t be recovered.
Bring Your Own Cup
Bring Your Own Bag
Rather than keep using new bags, we get our customers to re-use their retail coffee bags. We offer the customer a small discount when they get brought in for re-filling. It’s simple, and saves them a small amount each time. We can reuse our bags as long as the sealable zip still works (though we don’t heat-seal them again).
Customers can also bring in their own reusable container. Airscape? Can? Bucket? Jar? We’ll fill anything that fits under our grinder, or that can take whole beans. We encourage stores that sell our coffee to do the same.
Reduce Coffee Packaging
A few years ago, we discontinued our wholesale boxes of individual coffee portion-packs. We encouraged our wholesale customers to buy 5 pound bags of coffee instead. Instead of packaging each pot of ground coffee, our wholesale coffee is now packaged in larger bags. The reduction in cost and packaging is significant for both us and the café.
Thoughtful Tea Packaging
All the teas that we carry are micro-plastic free. If a tea has plastic in any of its packaging, including as part of the tea bag, we won’t bring it in. We buy tea packed only in recyclable or compostable materials. We also have a large selection of reusable tea filters, tea balls, and loose leaf tea. Many of our tea mugs and pots also have built-in screen filters that work with loose tea. Using loose-leaf tea cuts the need for single-use tea bags all together.
Strawless Sip Lids
To cut down on single use plastics (even biodegradable ones) we have switched to a new cold cup sip lid. This new lid requires no straw to drink from. It has been a huge hit for customers who are becoming more aware of environmental issues. These lids are available through our wholesale department.
More and more people are making the switch to plant based milks. The reason for this is the amount of resources required in making dairy milk. Dairy milk creates more greenhouse gasses than plant based milk alternatives. Dairy also requires more land and water to produce. Cupper’s has a large selection of plant based milks to substitute in your drinks.