by Chérmelle Edwards
Consuming takeaway coffee is a daily ritual for many. Though the experience of sipping such high quality coffee out of a paper cup leaves much to be desired. With this in mind, a group of Australian design (and coffee) enthusiasts created UPPERCUP, a simple, elegant and reusable alternative that both improves on, and references conventional disposable cup designs in silhouette and lid design. While sharing a cup of joe with one of their first stockists Coffee Supreme—a famed roaster in New Zealand and Australia—the UPPERCUP team conceived the idea of a collaboration cup celebrating Coffee Supreme's signature red color.
As part of a series of collaborations with artists, the limited releases are intended to “build community around design, sustainability and global coffee culture,” says James McKay of UPPERCUP. The BPA-free cup uses a clean energy process called ultrasonic welding and comes packaged in 100% post-consumer waste material with vegetable based inks. By using high-density plastic all issues of bacteria absorption are erased, minimizing the eventual issue of a non-pleasurable coffee smell and taste.
Fans of the brand and its eco-features can enjoy the red cups now and expect future releases including hand-illustrated cups and designs inspired by street art, sneaker culture and coffee culture. The cups can be found exclusively at Coffee Supreme's Gertrude Steins and The Abbotsford Club, while other colors can be found from UPPERCUP online for $25 AUD.
Images courtesy of UpperCup