I wrote about our new reusable mugs back in January and we have been using them without issue since then – it’s great to be able to walk into a coffee shop and hand them your own mug. However, just last week I was out and running some errands and I stopped at the local Coffee Bean to get nice mocha latte. I mentioned Coffee Bean supposedly going green last summer, but what happened on this visit blew my mind. I hand the woman behind the counter my mug, pay for my drink and head over to wait for it to be done. What did I see?
She was using a disposable cup to make and mix my drink in before pouring it into my reusable mug. And then she threw the paper cup in the trash.
How does this help at all? Me bringing my reusable mug does not actually save a cup from being throw away at all. I then told her that if she cannot make my drink right in my mug, that maybe it would be better to use one of their ceramic cups to make it in before pouring it in my own mug. She then proceeded to say “But then I would have to wash it” and I just walked out with my coffee – there was no arguing with this woman who obviously did not see the point of me bringing my own mug…even though I told her why I do it.
So, Coffee Bean head-honchos…could you please set in motion a plan to educate your baristas about why people bring in reusable mugs? As well as creating more trash, these one-time-use cups also cost you guys money…and I am sure you want to save money. I try to do my part by bringing in my own mug…I think it is a pretty small request to make it easy for your baristas to make me a drink without using a paper cup. Whadda ya think guys?