Coffee Cup Material and Taste

coffee cup materials

Are you a coffee lover and wondering if the material of your coffee cup really affects the taste of your brew?

As a seasoned barista, I can tell you that it absolutely does! In fact, I used to be surprised when customers would ask for their latte in a ceramic cup instead of the usual glass. But after doing some research, I realized that the choice of cup can actually make a big difference in your coffee experience. So, let's take a look at the pros and cons of different cup materials.

First, let's talk about plastic cups.

While they're great for takeaways and camping, plastic has a tendency to retain odours and flavours over time, which can affect the taste of your coffee. So, while it may be convenient, it's not the best choice for enjoying the full flavour of your brew.

Paper coffee cups


Next up, paper cups.

These are probably the most commonly used cups for takeaways, but did you know that paper has its own distinct taste? When heated, paper can smell like cardboard, which can affect the taste of your coffee. Some paper cups also have a wax coating that can alter the flavour profile of your brew.

Glass cups

These are a popular choice for presentation, but they don't retain heat well, which can impair the flavour of your coffee. Coffee is best enjoyed at an optimum temperature of between 50-70 degrees Celsius, and glass cups simply don't keep your brew hot enough for long enough to fully appreciate the flavour notes.

Fressko Coffee Cup

Stainless steel cups

Stainless steel cups are excellent at retaining heat, making them a good option for reusable takeaway cups or thermoses. However, stainless steel has a tendency to give off a metallic taste that can alter the flavour of your coffee. Plus, it's a porous material, so it can absorb the flavours of whatever you put inside it and reflect that in your next cup of coffee.

If you need a reusable coffee takeaway cup, check out our Fressko Reusable Coffee Cups and Frank Green Coffee Cups

So, what's the best choice? Ceramic cups are the clear winner.

They retain heat well and don't affect the taste of your coffee, making them the perfect vessel for enjoying the full flavour of your brew. They're also durable and easy to clean, ensuring a fresh and clean cup every time. Whether you're at home or out and about, a ceramic cup is the best choice for a truly satisfying coffee experience. So next time you're ordering your latte or long mac topped up in Perth, ask for it in a ceramic cup and enjoy the full flavour of your brew!

What's a Long Mac Topped Up? Read more on this staple Western Australian coffee!

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Ceramic coffee cups


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