And our personal addictions to fossil fuels.
The only problem I have with this is that other restaurants/diners might be tempted to charge a “dish/utensil fee” or something like that, the deposit idea sets a precedent. But I am all for the experiment. What most places should really do is offer a discount if you bring your own cup (like my local coffee shop does.)
Just dump it directly into my mouth, cut out the middleman [cup]…
I have one of those and it is pretty damn good for the price. I use it regularly too though not at Starbucks most of the time. On the plus side if I lose it somewhere I am not pissed off I lost my $20 fancy commuter cup.
so, they’ll give you a mug, which until Starbucks took over the industry, was standard when you went to sit in a coffee shop, and still is in many independent ones? But now you have to pay for them? [ETA: misspelled word]
I am glad that are making a positive contribution here, don’t get me wrong… but why the deposit?
I usually carry a starbucks reusable cup and recieve 10 cents off on purchase of a Tall (small) Pike (medium blend) coffee. Been doing it for years. As a bonus, refills are free if customer has not left the store since first coffee purchase.
P.S. I like honey in coffee and Starbucks stores generally have it on hand.
It’s not for “for here” orders, it’s for “to go.” What they’re saying is if you want your coffee to go and didn’t bring a mug you can borrow one from them.
Is it? It doesn’t explicitly say that… although that’s great, too. I don’t have one of these shops near me, so I’ve never been, do they sell “for here” coffee in mugs now, or only disposables?
We stopped on a drive at a coffee shop in a small town, and when I took my (20 oz) travel mug in to get it filled, they only charged $1. They told me all “travel mugs” get filled for $1, no matter the size of the container. That was a wonderful and unexpected surprise.
I wonder if they offer a cup washing station for those of us never take the cup out of our cars other than to refill it.
Yes, they’ve always had mugs for dine-in (like every coffeeshop does) but according to their statement, they’ll now ‘rent’ you a to-go mug that you can bring back to be washed and get your deposit back.
Starbucks did this briefly – had a low refill price for any size travel mug you brought in. But too many people gamed the system by asking for it to be ‘refilled’ with a venti mocha latte or some other expensive espresso drink. So they made it drip-coffee only, then went with the current cheapo 10 cent “discount”.
I should get one of those reusable ceramic thermoses I keep seeing in the department store.
i have one of these…it cost either $1 or $2 i can’t remember and you get $0.10 off each time you use it, so it pays for itself rather quickly.
As I don’t make a habit of going to Starbucks that wasn’t a thing. It did make for a good reusable cup to take to/from and use at work and I do use it at other shops.
Clearly I must not have read it closely enough to see the “to go” part…
See also Reusable Grocery Bags. I mean, it’s great in theory, but according to same theory stores should soon stop stocking them once everyone’s got their own.
I reuse all of my reusable grocery bags. Just not in the grocery store.
It takes me seven minutes to make a latte at home. They are better than what most cafes serve, and cost less than half what you pay at a cafe. I still scratch my head at the coffee-cup-carrying-culture we have in this country. It’s wasteful and expensive.
we have like 8 million in our closet. i’m pretty sure they are breeding in there.
Nice. I think leading people into actually wanting to always have a mug handy might work better than ‘punishing them’ with a deposit charge, at least until it becomes more commonplace.