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(Smithsonian Magazine)   The paper coffee cup sleeve was invented in 1991 as the Java Jacket, enabling the Starbucks revolution of easy to-go coffee and making the inventor a rock star at Seattle coffee convention. "Everyone around me was shocked. I wasn't"   (blogs.smithsonianmag.com) divider line 34
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2013-10-05 10:57:21 PM  
um, ok.
 
2013-10-05 11:22:15 PM  
Zarfing hell?
 
2013-10-05 11:29:07 PM  
Weeners under that article was a thing of beauty.
 
2013-10-05 11:31:11 PM  
heh.
 
2013-10-05 11:37:31 PM  
Rockstar of coffee?
 
2013-10-05 11:45:51 PM  
Because nobody indulged in "easy-to-go" coffee before 1991.  We all had to drink it at counters in diners.

Retards.
 
2013-10-05 11:52:07 PM  
Or you could bring a damn mug.

So I was getting coffee at McDonalds on a road trip in Ohio and they refused to pour coffee into my mug - even if I held the mug while they poured.  So they put the coffee into a disposable cup, I put the coffee into my own mug, carried the stupid disposable cup to the next rest area where there was a recycling bin (in Ohio!).  Their cup actually held coffee for like 10 seconds.

That's a true story.

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2013-10-05 11:53:44 PM  

Triumph: Weeners under that article was a thing of beauty.


The patent number correction?
 
2013-10-05 11:54:51 PM  
The idea emerged in 1989 when he was pulling out of a coffee shop drive-through on the way to his daughter's school and a coffee spill burned his fingers... there had to be a better way to drink coffee on the go.

Use another cup. You put a cup around the cup, and if necessary, yet another cup around that cup. farking moron.
 
2013-10-06 12:20:17 AM  
Hooray for another unnecessarily wasteful byproduct of consumer culture!
 
2013-10-06 12:39:47 AM  
Dunkin Donuts still uses styrofoam like God intended.
 
2013-10-06 12:44:09 AM  

HighZoolander: Triumph: Weeners under that article was a thing of beauty.

The patent number correction?


Yeah - what's better than seeing some journo for Smithsonian Magazine called out by some coffee sleeve patent expert?
 
2013-10-06 12:51:14 AM  

Triumph: HighZoolander: Triumph: Weeners under that article was a thing of beauty.

The patent number correction?

Yeah - what's better than seeing some journo for Smithsonian Magazine called out by some coffee sleeve patent expert?


Magic?

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2013-10-06 12:53:07 AM  
Double cupping is more wasteful, and doesn't insulate as well as a corrugated cardboard sleeve. More surface area on parts of the sleeve that don't contact your hand makes for less heat transferred to it.

A number of years ago, a coffee shop where I worked started using paper cups made with built-in sleeves. They wasted less paper than double cupping, but probably more than a single cup with a sleeve. It may have saved a bit of paper in the long run, plus you had no assembly needed (simple as it may have been).
 
2013-10-06 01:00:01 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: Or you could bring a damn mug.

So I was getting coffee at McDonalds on a road trip in Ohio and they refused to pour coffee into my mug - even if I held the mug while they poured.  So they put the coffee into a disposable cup, I put the coffee into my own mug, carried the stupid disposable cup to the next rest area where there was a recycling bin (in Ohio!).  Their cup actually held coffee for like 10 seconds.

That's a true story.


Or just not drink coffee at Starbucks because it is expensive burnt crap.
 
2013-10-06 01:01:32 AM  

itcamefromschenectady: Dunkin Donuts still uses styrofoam like God intended.


Do they still serve coffee flavor coffee or is it all cafe colatas and shiat?
 
2013-10-06 01:12:01 AM  
Mcdonalds at least here in canuckistan uses cups that are double walled. Very handy and tastier than Starbucks shiat
 
2013-10-06 01:16:06 AM  

tzzhc4: itcamefromschenectady: Dunkin Donuts still uses styrofoam like God intended.

Do they still serve coffee flavor coffee or is it all cafe colatas and shiat?

 I'd say the regular coffee is usually coffee flavor. On a good day, in a high traffic location.
 
2013-10-06 01:18:51 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Mcdonalds at least here in canuckistan uses cups that are double walled. Very handy and tastier than Starbucks shiat


Ah, that's what I meant. I have no opinion on whose cups taste better, though.
 
2013-10-06 01:28:15 AM  

cyberspacedout: Representative of the unwashed masses: Mcdonalds at least here in canuckistan uses cups that are double walled. Very handy and tastier than Starbucks shiat

Ah, that's what I meant. I have no opinion on whose cups taste better, though.


Cups with high recycled content taste like shiat.
 
2013-10-06 03:41:32 AM  

Professor Horatio Hufnagel: The idea emerged in 1989 when he was pulling out of a coffee shop drive-through on the way to his daughter's school and a coffee spill burned his fingers... there had to be a better way to drink coffee on the go.

Use another cup. You put a cup around the cup, and if necessary, yet another cup around that cup. farking moron.


The idea is to minimize waste, farking moron.
 
2013-10-06 04:35:14 AM  
Yeah, I'm gonna call BS on that. People drank coffee on the go like it was going out of style long before 1991. Starbucks didn't change jack beyond popularizing "coffee drinks" in suburbia.
 
2013-10-06 05:30:06 AM  
www.pizzahh.com
 
2013-10-06 07:11:50 AM  
I call them "coffee condoms."

Anybody remember the paper cups that had the folding handles? Those were cool.
 
2013-10-06 08:59:50 AM  
Lando Lincoln:
I call them "coffee condoms."

Anybody remember the paper cups that had the folding handles? Those were cool.


A great idea, but probably added whole pennies to the price of your beverage, and thus doomed to failure (at least in an era before people were used to paying $5 for a coffee)
 
2013-10-06 09:54:11 AM  
It was more of an office thing than a portable thing, but I can't believe anyone ever bought into those reusable plastic "mugs" that held a paper cup for coffee.  Always seemed like a bad idea and a breeding ground for germs more than a money saver.

This isn't the one I remember from years ago, but apparently these are still sold.  Gross.

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2013-10-06 09:59:20 AM  
In Scotland the coffee cups are already pre-rippled.  No sleeve required.
 
2013-10-06 11:49:47 AM  

tzzhc4: AliceBToklasLives: Or you could bring a damn mug.

So I was getting coffee at McDonalds on a road trip in Ohio and they refused to pour coffee into my mug - even if I held the mug while they poured.  So they put the coffee into a disposable cup, I put the coffee into my own mug, carried the stupid disposable cup to the next rest area where there was a recycling bin (in Ohio!).  Their cup actually held coffee for like 10 seconds.

That's a true story.

Or just not drink coffee at Starbucks because it is expensive burnt crap.


LOL! Who said anything about Starbucks?
 
2013-10-06 12:38:11 PM  

Tobin_Lam: tzzhc4: AliceBToklasLives: Or you could bring a damn mug.

So I was getting coffee at McDonalds on a road trip in Ohio and they refused to pour coffee into my mug - even if I held the mug while they poured.  So they put the coffee into a disposable cup, I put the coffee into my own mug, carried the stupid disposable cup to the next rest area where there was a recycling bin (in Ohio!).  Their cup actually held coffee for like 10 seconds.

That's a true story.

Or just not drink coffee at Starbucks because it is expensive burnt crap.

LOL! Who said anything about Starbucks?


Mickey Ds makes much better coffee than Charbucks.

And the coffee I brew at home is better than both of them.
 
2013-10-06 02:21:22 PM  

Professor Horatio Hufnagel: The idea emerged in 1989 when he was pulling out of a coffee shop drive-through on the way to his daughter's school and a coffee spill burned his fingers... there had to be a better way to drink coffee on the go.

Use another cup. You put a cup around the cup, and if necessary, yet another cup around that cup. farking moron.


Nope. Tried that at Wawa and they tried to charge me for the 2nd cup.

There is NO way around the Java Jacket, friend.
 
2013-10-06 04:07:14 PM  
fta: slap a slid on top of the cup and slip a cardboard sleeve.

I think the reporters S key got stuck.
 
2013-10-07 06:07:28 AM  

JonZoidberg: It was more of an office thing than a portable thing, but I can't believe anyone ever bought into those reusable plastic "mugs" that held a paper cup for coffee.  Always seemed like a bad idea and a breeding ground for germs more than a money saver.

This isn't the one I remember from years ago, but apparently these are still sold.  Gross.

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Where would germs come from? All you appear to do is hold the plastic handle. You're not drinking from the plastic mug or otherwise fiddling with it.
 
2013-10-07 08:44:23 AM  

Fano: JonZoidberg: It was more of an office thing than a portable thing, but I can't believe anyone ever bought into those reusable plastic "mugs" that held a paper cup for coffee.  Always seemed like a bad idea and a breeding ground for germs more than a money saver.

This isn't the one I remember from years ago, but apparently these are still sold.  Gross.

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Where would germs come from? All you appear to do is hold the plastic handle. You're not drinking from the plastic mug or otherwise fiddling with it.


The germs would come from multiple people using the same mug without washing it, or from the same person using it again and again over time without washing.
 
2013-10-07 08:53:46 AM  
It's already been posted but the McDonalds coffee cup really is great.  The double walls keep the coffee warm and your hand cool, and the lid fits on really snugly.  I don't often get their coffee because my morning commute doesn't take me near one, but when I do I have to admit that their coffee is pretty great.  It's better then Tim Hortons and starbucks easily.
 
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