Phoenix Coffee Cups
I usually stop at Phoenix Coffee on my way to work for a my daily cup of inspiration. The Free Times ran this article about Phoenix and their goal to phase out disposable cups.
If I wanted to carry around my own cup for coffee instead of a disposable cup, I'd make my own coffee at home and put it in a cup. I don't like carrying around a cup. I don't like forgetting it at work. I don't like it knocking around in my car when I'm not using it. I don't like washing it. And yes, washing a cup using hot water and soap uses energy too.
Phoenix has been using Styrofoam cups instead of paper cups (like Starbucks and Caribou). I prefer the Styrofoam cup. The coffee stays hotter longer. And those paper cups sometimes drip at the seam. I HATE that.
Next week, Phoenix wants their customers to commit to a full week of not using disposable cups. They have pledge cards to sign. It is mentioned in the article, and I've seen these pledge cards. And I won't be signing, because I'm just not interested in carrying around my own cup.
I used to drive out of my way to stop at Phoenix on my way to work. Instead, this morning, I just stopped at Starbucks. Yes, I prefer Phoenix's coffees -- if there is a better cup of coffee in town, I don't know of it. The Victory Blend might be my favorite, but they have so many good coffees, and I've never had a bad cup of coffee there. Today, Starbucks sold me a perfectly fine cup of coffee without the guilt -- and Phoenix used one less disposable cup today.
Bless you, Phoenix, you can run your business any way you want. But what I want is coffee in a disposable cup. If you don't want to sell that to me, then I'll buy it someplace else. I plan on skipping Phoenix all of next week, because I don't want any grief or guilt with my coffee.
As I get to the bottom of my venti traditional, it is luke warm at the bottom. Damn paper cup. Grande tomorrow. Fits better in my cupholder anyway.