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RossResearch
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Posted Fri Sep 17, 2004, 10:30am
Subject: Tell about your frustrations with "To-Go" cups
 

Hi, I'm doing research in a design class and I was wondering what people dislike/like about the "to-go" coffee cups you get when you're on the run. This includes the cup, lid, and insulator thingy. Feel free to rant about all your dislikes! I'm in a group which is doing a mock re-designing of a "to-go" cup so any feel free to give any suggestions in order to improve a "to-go" cup. Discussion on this topic is very appreciated! Thank You!

Ross
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Posted Fri Sep 17, 2004, 10:44am
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What size?  Tall?  Grande?? Venti??? Or somethin like this??? Oh, man, I never get tired of this scarysquirrel...
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Posted Fri Sep 17, 2004, 11:43am
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Keep it simple.  Whatever names are used, it works out to be "small, medium and large".  Why not avoid all the other fancy names.  As for cups, I feel that the best coffee comes in paper cups.  Plastic seems to give off a taste that I do not care for.  The very small paper espresso cups that are used seem to work well.  As for lids, I prefer the lid that already has the hole in it as opposed to having to rip out a section of the cup.  

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Posted Fri Sep 17, 2004, 1:32pm
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spinnaker007 Said:

What size?  Tall?  Grande?? Venti??? Or somethin like this??? Oh, man, I never get tired of this scarysquirrel...

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I'm with you steve, Foamy rocks!!!
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Posted Fri Sep 17, 2004, 1:42pm
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I despise to go cups, everything about them.  First there's the problem with the cup, 2nd my beliefs.

(1) Paper cups leave a papery flavor, which I think is just plain nasty.  Who wants paper in their coffee?  Then there's styrofoam, same problem only a plasticy flavor.  I think the cups when they don't have lids are uncomfortable/awkward to drink out of, and with lids it's just not the same (especially with foamy drinks).  

(2)People are supposed to enjoy coffee.  It's become something more of a reference to caffeine and fatigue than a wonderful beverage.  When I drink coffee, I want to enjoy the flavor of the coffee, the nuances that you can't find in sodas.  I drink coffee in my trusty (ceramic) Peets mug at home.  If I must have coffee in a styrofoam/paper cup, I debate with myself the point of paying $1.50 for a cup of plasticy coffee.

I drink my coffee fast (I guess, I can go through about 3 cups of coffee in the amount of time it takes someone to drink one iced coffee) so I really have no complaints about insulation of my cup.
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Posted Fri Sep 17, 2004, 9:08pm
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Styrefoam for coffee is best.   Nuts to political correctness.
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Posted Fri Sep 17, 2004, 10:20pm
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I vote for styro, but I don't see it in many coffee houses.

What I HATE about paper cups are the ones where there is a "fold" or "crease" that extends over the lip of the cup.  These paper cups will leak no matter how well you put the top on, because the crease extends all the way through the lip of the cup.  I've only seen these in two coffee houses, but I really hope no one else decides to stock them.

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Posted Mon Sep 20, 2004, 9:32am
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Hi Eric,

How do you like your Mezzo cappa cups so far?  I like mine, they are the workhorses over here...The scary squirrel never gets old for me. When I need a laugh, I just play the clips...

Cheers,

Steve
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Posted Sun Sep 26, 2004, 7:50am
Subject: Re: Tell about your frustrations with "To-Go" cups
 

jrtATL Said:

What I HATE about paper cups are the ones where there is a "fold" or "crease" that extends over the lip of the cup.  These paper cups will leak no matter how well you put the top on, because the crease extends all the way through the lip of the cup.  I've only seen these in two coffee houses, but I really hope no one else decides to stock them.

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That's why I always put the lid on opposite the seam.  I've had too many of them leak right were the seam is, and if the seam happens to be right under where you put your mouth, it just makes a huge mess.  This is a bigger problem with the formed plastic lids that dome over the top of the cup so you aren't drinking from the lip of the cup.

Of course, the other lids(where you rip out a section) are very awkward to drink a hot beverage from.  In those cases, I'd rather just remove the lid entirely, but then there's nothing supporting the top of the cup.
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