Origin Roasting on Hudson Street is without doubt my favourite coffee haunt in Cape Town.  Sublime coffee, excellent vibe, awesome staff – it’s bliss.  Because I don’t live in town,  I don’t get to spend as much time there as I’d like (not exactly either economical or eco-friendly to drive all the way in from the Southern Suburbs just for a flat white – tempting though that may be), but happily their coffee and trained-up baristas can be found in a growing number of places around Cape Town.

Today, though, I gave in to temptation and made a pilgrimage – and whilst tripping out on a single-estate coffee-bean high, I noticed that they’ve just launched a range of eco-friendly reusable cups, called ‘KeepCups‘:

“We always strive to be environmentally friendly at Origin but we have just stepped it up a gear. Our coffee community now has a chance to save money and drink responsibly by using our new KeepCups. These are completely bio-degradable, environmentally friendly and beautifully designed take away coffee cups that you bring from home to Origin…

KeepCups are BPA free and non toxic. They have good thermal properties keeping beverages hot 20-30 minutes longer than disposable cups.  KeepCups are lightweight, dishwasher safe, microwaveable and splash proof. They have a sealable lid and sipper hole and are pleasing to drink from with the lid on or off.  KeepCups fit into most car cup holders and many bicycle bottle holders.” (via)

I really like the design… I’ve been wanting to buy one of those ceramic eco-mugs from Woolworths, but although I think they look great, I hesitated because of the weight and potential for breakage.  KeepCups are made from food-safe plastic, so they’re not likely to chip or crack in my clumsy paws and – the dealbreaker – they have an awesome little adjustable lip that covers the sipper hole when you’re moving around (you shift it aside when you want to take a sip).

The cups cost R100 (240ml) or R125 (360ml) and when you buy your first KeepCup, you get a free coffee.  After that, as an incentive to keep reusing the cup (re-use being somewhat more eco-friendly than recycling), you get a R1 discount every time you come back for more (in the KeepCup).  It’s perhaps a bit pricey for what is essentially a plastic cup, but I think it’s worth it, and will definitely be getting me one on my next visit.

Visit www.originroasting.co.za to find out more.

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