Odds are, your first drinking receptacle was attached to some form of nipple, which you suckled on for many a dozy, bliss-filled month. Eventually, you were upgraded to the sippy cup – a marvel of engineering, and a sheer joy to use. The drinking experience, 2.0. Beverage consumption, perfected.
Why on earth we ever saw fit to move past the sippy cup and on to glasses and mugs is beyond me. I mean that. I just don’t get it.
My grasp of the concept breaks down even further when I consider how inconvenient the common coffee-to-go cup is. The lid has about a 50/50 chance of creating any sort of seal with the cup, often resulting in scalding coffee tears pouring down over your fingers. Try as you might to adjust that lid, your efforts only ever make the situation worse.
Then you’ve got the drinking slit, which can turn your hot beverage into a hot geyser springing forth from the cup holder of your car upon even the most subtle application of the brakes.
What’s a coffee-loving citizen to do?
Travel mugs help overcome these obstacles to good clean coffee enjoyment, but they present their own set of problems, such as complicated drinking mechanisms, cumbersome cleaning requirements, incompatibility with espresso machines requiring the dirtying of another cup (thus negating their supposed environment friendliness), and ugliness to name a few.
Thanks be to Australia that something has finally been done to rectify this whole messy situation and make coffee drinking on the go the delight it ought to be, and then some.
Behold (next to its less evolved ancestor, the to-go cup), the Keep Cup.
Or as I like to call it, the sippy cup 2.0.
I’ve been using the Keep Cup for just over a week now, and I’m convinced there’s no going back. I liken it to the time I switched from Windows PC to my first Mac – oh, so you mean I can just use my computer to do things? How novel!
Unlike other to-go cups, with the Keep Cup, there’s no asking your coffee if you can enjoy it, working around an unwieldy receptacle in the process. You simply carry, drink and enjoy.
That enjoyment carries over to the barista crafting your beverage, too. The cup was designed to fit into the espresso making process, so the person serving you your coffee will always be happy to see you coming with your Keep Cup in hand.
The cup is made of plastic (32 uses later and you break even with the environment – every use thereafter makes you a hero for the day), making it lightweight and virtually indestructible. The only moving part is the doohickey at the top which slides over to seal the drinking slit for times when you might foresee a momentum-endused spill.
It’s by no means a thermos — in my experience the Keep Cup offers just about the same level of thermal beverage protection as your standard to-go cup. If there’s any difference, it appears to me to be nominal.
But the real joy of this thing is in the drinking. The packaging touts the Keep Cup’s “pleasing surface and shape to drink from,” but that’s just marketing department safe-talk for it’s like a sippy cup for grownups!
You can get your own sippy cup – I mean, Keep Cup – at Post Espresso Bar on Water Street. They come in a whole range of totally rad colours, and cost a totally reasonable $16.