The Bamboo Cup

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We’re excited! On Monday 10/10/16 we introduce a new circular organic bamboo cup system for our to-go guests, with the aim of lowering our environmental impact across our coffee bars as we’ll be decreasing the number of the single-use paper cups that flow through our coffee shops every day.

We drink a lot of coffee in Denmark. We are one of the top coffee drinking countries in the world pr. capita. At The Coffee Collective this make us happy, but we also feel the weight of responsibility that comes along with that title. We believe in sourcing, roasting and brewing coffee in a responsible manner. And we have a feeling that you want to enjoy your coffee that way too. Over the years we have been doing our best to decrease our environmental impact, and one step we’ve taken to act more responsibly is to switch our energy use to wind energy in order to offset the energy used to heat water during brewing. And although not all of them are, most of our paper cups are biodegradable now. However, we want to do better, so we’ve been working on the circular cup system for almost a year.

This project is very dear to us, and we really do believe that this is a step toward a more sustainable future together.

The system works like this:

– Purchase the reusable bamboo cup at any one of our bars (or in our webshop) for DKK 99,- and get your free to go coffee served in it immediately.

– Enjoy your coffee, and when you’re done, reseal the drinking hole in the drip-proof lid, and keep it in your bag until next time.

– When your coffee craving comes back, hand in your bamboo cup, and we will serve your new coffee in a new clean cup.

– Don’t worry if the cup breaks, as we will make sure it’s recycled or disposed of in a proper manner. Simply hand it in to us, and you’re good to go

The cups are made out of organic bamboo fiber. Bamboo is great because it’s a very fast growing material, making it easier to avoid deforestation in the regions where it’s grown. The cups are also biodegradable and are BPA and phthalate-free. The silicone lid and sleeve are not, however, biodegradable, but this is something we are looking to implement when available. We believe that the bamboo cups also taste better than our paper cups, as there is no trace of paper in the coffee (this is by the way also the reason we always wash our filters with hot water before brewing in them). We chose to have only one size for our to-go bamboo cups, as the majority of our to-go orders are served in large cups.

Although this is a step in the right direction, this isn’t the perfect system. We aren’t perfect, and we aren’t pretending to be, but we will do our best to keep improving our recycling and to-go cup system in the years ahead.

There’s nothing wrong with using paper cups, and there will be times where carrying around a reusable cup made out of organic bamboo fiber just isn’t possible, and that’s completely fine. But where possible and convenient, we would love to see our regulars carry these cups around, leading the way to a greener Copenhagen. We love these cups, and our hope is you will too. Get yours at any one of our shops and lead the way to more a more sustainable future. Let us know what you think about them on our social channels @coffeecollectif #bambuskoppen

All the best,

The Coffee Collective.

 

 

11 Responses to “The Bamboo Cup”

  1. Stina October 10, 2016 at 12:10 #

    You should consider doing what they do in New Zealand, where people can bring their own thermo mug, and then get a cheaper cup of coffee, because the coffee is made in that. – that would also save a lot of paper cups, and inspire people to use their thermo mug more.

    • The Coffee Collective October 10, 2016 at 14:02 #

      Hi Stina, great thoughts! For now we really like the idea of standardized cup sizes, but we’ll look into wether this could potentially work for us in the future. Let us know how you like the bamboo cup in the meantime :)

  2. Simona October 17, 2016 at 21:39 #

    I really love your idea. How many uses can I expect from this product before it failes, i.e. loses shape, starts leaking, becomes soft and unusable?

    • The Coffee Collective October 18, 2016 at 09:49 #

      Hi Simona, thank you for your question. The bamboo cups are part of a circular system, where you get back a clean cup every time you hand one in. And since we replace the cups that break, it really shouldn’t affect you. We are not yet sure exactly how may cycles a cup can go through in our system, but when we tested them they still looked great after days of repeat washing. It depends on how they are treated by the people who use them, and we simply do not know yet since we don’t have the data yet. They shouldn’t lose shape, leak, or get soft, but under pressure they may crack since they don’t bend. Hope that answers your question :)

  3. Jenny November 1, 2016 at 14:09 #

    Hi, I really like your initiative, and immediately bought a cup last Saturday morning in Torvehallerne (I live in Farum, and don’t go to town that often – but when I do, I head for Coffe Collective :-) ).

    Two experiences with the system so far, that I’d like to share with you:
    – the bottom of the bamboo mug is very hard, and actually “slippery”. I bought a cup and took it to the s-train. When leaving the mug on the table in the train, it slipped, when the train accelerated. Consider improving the mug with a silicone band.
    – my second cup of coffee, also purchased in Torvehallerne, but later that same day, had a distinct salty taste to it, at least the first 3-4 sips. I suspect it is leftovers from the dishwasher (have experienced that at home too, from time to time), because the silicone plug does not allow for sufficient water flow. – hope it makes sense?! One suggestion could be to get rid of the silicone plugs, and simply use a sticker, when selling the coffee from your stores.

    • The Coffee Collective November 2, 2016 at 10:05 #

      Hi Jenny,

      Thank you so much for your feedback – we appreciate it. We do apologize for that experience. Our aim is always to create exceptional coffee experiences, and this obviously wasn’t. We’ve directed your suggestions to our coffee bar manager, Rasmus. Please check your inbox for an answer.

  4. Clive ramsay November 11, 2016 at 18:59 #

    Hi

    I am opening a new food shop in bridge of Allan in Scotland early next year we have a lot of exciting new ideas , I opened my first food shop 35 years ago in the same town so really looking forward to going back I would love to stock your bamboo coffee cup can you please give me more details

    Kind regards

    • The Coffee Collective November 22, 2016 at 11:30 #

      Hi Clive! Thank you for your interest in this. Please inquire about this at mail@coffeecollective.dk. Cheers.

  5. Caro November 22, 2016 at 09:22 #

    I really like this Idea. I think i would clean the cup by myself so i can use my cup again. And i dont have a dirty dish in my bag until next time i drink some coffee;) It´s also possible that way, isn´t it?

    • The Coffee Collective November 22, 2016 at 11:29 #

      Hi Caro! Sure, you can wash your cup yourself if you want to. The idea of the system is to make it as convenient as possible for you, and to make sure that you get a freshly brewed coffee in a nice and clean cup. So while we’d advise turning it and receiving a new clean cup, it’s completely fine by us if you want to reuse your old cleaned one :)

  6. Dorian December 26, 2016 at 16:24 #

    What a wonderful initiative! I absolutely dread the styrofoam cups, though they are slowly disappearing from the market. Paper cups are OK, but still not the best option. Your idea is absolutely fantastic. How do you find the initiative so far, after three months?

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