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Coffee: You know you want some! And why not from BlackHorse Espresso & Bakery - in an EarthKare Kup!

It's cloudy morning in San Luis Obispo.  There's a chilly briskness in the air and a gentle mist from the marine layer.  In other words, it's a perfect day for a nice hot "Kup" of coffee!

Today starts our first day of EarthKare Kup testing at BlackHorse Espresso and Bakery at all three locations.  If you're in the Central Coast today, make certain to stop by and give the Kup - and the exquisite BlackHorse "Velvet Foam" a try. 

The addresses are 1065 Higuera Street, 3590 Broad Street, and their newest location near the CalPoly SLO Campus at 796 Foothill Blvd.  We hope to see you there.

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I picked up mine today.  Great concept and I hope it has great success.
Posted by Pamela   |   September 14, 2011 08:17 AM
It's a cup. It did it's job fine. The latches don't totally prevent pushing the lid inside the cup. I pushed it closed a couple times and had to "dig" the lid back out. You also need to look/feel that the lid is completely seated all the way around and push down and area not secured (same as any traditional lids). After a few iterations I figured out the particular drill for this cup.

Next, I tested to see how leak-proof the lid is by covering the drinking and vent holes with my fingers and then shaking while upside down. Passed with flying colors.

While supposedly being enviro-friendly, the cup looks and feels just like plastic. It appears to be molded with a traditional plastic injection molding process as evidenced by flow marks and flash typically seen on plastic items.

The cup doesn't seem to have any tendency to melt or become saturated with liquid (like a paper cup) even though mine has been sitting full of water for a day. I wonder what it takes to degrade in a landfill? It would think an enviro-friendly design might show some early signs of degrading after a short time.

The cup seems ideal for printing restaurant logos, though the BlackHorse "test" cup is plain white with a non-gloss finish.

I'd be interested to know which model of cup this is and if there are more degradable materials available in hot/cold or cold-only versions. I'd also like to know this cup's reuseability for home use and the dishwasher. Does it leech any of it's ingredients into hot contents? What are the "non-friendly" or chemical components used?

And, will it make my coffee prices increase?

Lot's of questions, but it performed well for my hot drink from BlackHorse.
Posted by Kevin   |   September 15, 2011 06:26 PM
From:  EarthKare Admin
@Pamela:  Thank you!  We appreciate your kind thoughts!
@Kevin:  Wow - thank you as well, for your great test and review of the EarthKare Kup!  I'd like to address some of your questions - because if you have them, I'll bet others do too.
First:  You're absolutely right, it's a cup.  It needs to do what a cup should do without making you or anyone else wear your beverage, instead of drink it.  Like the standard paper disposable coffee cup, as you discovered, there is a bit of finesse required to close the lid.  We've found that people who use the regular lidded cup have learned to be heavy handed when applying the lid, and closing this cup just doesn't require that much force.  We spent many hours with the design engineers to ensure that it closed with an audible click.  I'm glad you got the drill down after a few tries.  Part of that audible click is to ensure absolutely no leakage.  Thanks for verifying that we got that part spot on!
As for diswasher safety...no.  This is a disposable cup.  It can be reused for "discount refill" programs during the course of a day, but just like a paper cup, it needs to be discarded, either in a recycle bin or thrown away to the landfill, where the process of biodegradation is initiated.  Heat will speed up the process, so a Kup used for hot beverages will start to degrade faster than a Kup used for cold beverages.  And we at EarthKare will not use "non-friendly" chemical components.  We don't want those elements in your coffee or your water table, so we won't use those materials in our products.
You ask about which model of cup this is...well, it's as advertised:  The EarthKare Kup.  There really isn't a model, it was designed by our CEO, and EarthKare holds the patent.  It will be available in hot and cold versions, with both a flat lid and bubble top.
Lastly, regarding price:  The EarthKare Kup is par priced to the standard cup and lid. In this current economy, it has to be.
Thanks again for your interest!
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