Posts Tagged ‘disposable paper cups’

Paper Cups for Hot Drinks – Which Do I Choose?

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Paper Cups for Hot Drinks – Which Do I Choose?This is a question we get asked a lot by customers looking to start purchasing paper cups for the first time, we’ve got a sizable range of cups which can sometimes prove bewildering for somebody not familiar with the product.

To many people, all paper cups are created equal, they’re simply a convenient method of serving coffee on the go. There’s actually a lot more to it though; cups can feature extra insulation in the form of a barrier layer or a corrugated outer wrap for example.

The first consideration when choosing a cup is selecting the level of insulation required. The choices can be broken down as follows:

  • Single wall paper cups; the most cost effective type of cup, made from a single layer of PE coated paper. These are a great choice for high volume use, or where you know that black tea / coffee won’t be served (lower temperatures). Even then you can purchase cup sleeves to use with these so customers have the option of adding extra insulation.
  • Double wall paper cups; These paper cups offer an additional layer of insulation, the extra barrier layer traps air between the outer wrap and the cup which makes the cup more comfortable to hold. More expensive than the single wall cups but more cost effective than the ripple cups.
  • Insulated ripple cups; these cups offer the best form of insulation for disposable hot drink cups. A thick corrugated barrier layer offers the greatest insulation against heat, it also has the advantage of keeping your drink hotter for longer.
  • Ultimate triple layer cups; Triple layer cups offer the same advantages as a ripple cup, except with a smooth outer wall. They have the same insulating properties but with an internal wrap rather than external.

Once you’ve selected the most suitable type of cup, you’ll find we offer a large range of different sizes. These break down as follows:

  • Espresso cups; espresso is always served in a small 4oz cup, much shorter and narrower than any other cup type we stock. These are also great for sampling purposes.
  • Small takeaway cups; normally an 8oz serving, this is one of the most common cup sizes we stock. You’ll also find the shorter 6oz size of cup that’s designed for serving the ever popular “flat white”
  • Medium / regular takeaway cups; normally these range from 10-12oz. A standard 12oz cup is the de-facto regular size, but you will also encounter 12oz “squat” cups. These are designed to be shorter to fit under the nozzle of automatic coffee machines.
  • Large / oversize; anything 16oz or larger is considered a large sized portion. We even stock a 20oz (one pint!) cup as an oversize option.

Our full range of paper cups can be found at:,7,0,Hot_Drink_Paper_Cups.html

Please get in touch with any queries you may have regarding our range.

What are Biodegradable Paper Cups?

Friday, January 19th, 2018

biodegradable paper cupsWe carry a range of biodegradable paper cups; the difference between these and the regular range of disposable cups boils down to the material used for the inner lining. All paper cups used in the UK feature some sort of inner lining, this is what gives the cup the ability to hold liquids. Without this lining the cup would absorb water and disintegrate halfway through drinking your morning Coffee!

Traditionally disposable cups use a PE (Polyethylene) lining for this purpose, our range of biodegradable paper cups use PLA (Polylactic acid) instead.  This is a natural substance derived from corn starch, it is not oil based.

Biodegradable cups featuring this corn starch PLA coating can be composted at any suitable facility and they will break down completely naturally.

We also stock matching lids for these cups made from CPLA, again these are 100% compostable items and are not oil based.

Our range of biodegradable cups currently includes hot drinks cups in 4,8,12 and 16oz sizes. We also stock biodegradable soup cups in 8, 12 and 16oz sizes, again with matching compostable lids available.

Our biodegradable paper cups are can be found at:,38,197,Biodegradable_Paper_Cups.html, biodegradable soup cups are on our site at:,38,198,Biodegradable_Soup_Cups.html. Samples are available on request

Paper Vending Cups – New 12oz Size

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

12oz prism paper vending cupsNew for 2016, we’ve added a larger 12oz (takeaway regular) size of Paper Vending Cup to our attractive Prism range of cups. This range of single wall cups is specifically designed for use with automatic vending machines; drinks will vend first time every time without any sticking cups.  

In addition to their use with Coffee vending machines, it’s common for these to simply be used as general purpose takeaway cups due to their low cost-per-unit. We also offer travel lids where required. The new 12oz cup accepts the same lid as our regular range of 8oz paper cups (80mm diameter lid)

These paper cups are available as either a small pack of 50 units or a full case of 1,000 cups where higher volumes are required.

Please see our full range of Paper Vending Cups or go directly to the 12oz Vending Paper Cups.

Plain Brown Unprinted Cup Sleeves

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Event Supplies now offer our plain brown hot drink sleeves for paper cups in both full case and retail-packed varieties. Due to popular demand these sleeves can now be purchased in cellophane packs of 100 sleeves, the ideal accompaniment to smaller hot cup orders, or where storage space is at a premium.

We supply plain sleeves to fit both 8oz and 12-16oz sizes of hot drink paper cups, see our paper cup category for more information, or give our sales team a call on 0844 499 5456 to discuss your requirements.

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Plain Sleeves for Hot Drink Paper Cups

Double Wall Hot Drink Paper Cups

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

For a limited time only we’re offering our 16 Double Wall Mocha Hot Drink Paper Cups at the reduced price of £21.50 per case of 500 (plus VAT). The double wall range of cups offer extra heat insulation, ensuring that the drink stays hot and the outside of the cup remains cool. These features make the double wall paper cups ideal for the coffee-to-go market, also eliminating the need for a separate cup sleeve.

We can supply this range of cups with either a black or white domed sip-lid.

Please see our full range of hot drink paper cups for more information, or give our sales team a call on 0844 499 5456.

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Cafe Mocha Double Wall 16oz Paper Cups

Paper Coffee Cups

Friday, November 20th, 2009

What is the difference between this paper cup?

Paper Ripple Cup
And this Paper cup?
Paper Ripple Cup
There are a number of new Ripple cups emerging onto the market at the moment, and some are very competitively priced to boot.

Now, the cost of manufacturing these products does not vary much from machine to machine, the cost of the correct type of paper doesn’t change either, factoring in economies of scale (buying power) wouldn’t change things much as we purchase quite a lot of cups, so we have been asked by some how is it possible to find a cheaper Ripple Cup than the ones we market? Well there is only really one way to reduce cost – use less expensive materials.

Unfortunately, the material some suppliers are compromising in order to lower the cost of this product is the quality of the paper used.

Despite the current climate regarding recycling and green issues in general our beleaguered government occasionally get things right, in particular rules regarding goods which come into contact with foodstuffs. It is against the law for any product which comes into direct contact with food to be manufactured using recycled material for the simple reason that untreated paper (that may have once been toilet paper for example) has the potential to make a user ill if filled with hot liquid (such as coffee) as toxins can migrate into the foodstuffs. There is no way of checking what the recycled paper was once used for – it could have housed chemicals and make people seriously ill.

All our Paper Coffee Cups are manufactured with food grade board and are sent for testing with PIRA (Printing Industry Research Association) who take the cups apart and test the cups to make sure all the paper board used in their production is food grade and the product is fit for purpose. Any element of recycled paper content and the cups would fail the test and would not be fit for purpose (or legal!)

You might ask how such companies can ‘get away’ with selling or using these cups without prosecutions etc? I suspect few of you reading this were aware that this could happen? Most people simply assume that companies will check the quality of the Paper Coffee Cups used or sold by them. If you became ill following a cup of coffee would you look suspiciously at the paper cup, or wonder if the milk was off? I bet you would suspect the Paper Coffee Cup last of all.

You won’t be surprised to learn that we are rarely asked for copies of our food contact certificates, which only confirms my theory that ignorance is indeed, bliss. The only companies who do ask for these certificates are the likes of McDonalds and the other large restaurants and coffee chains.

Ripple cups are also often described as ‘triple layer cups’ and there is one easy way to check if your ripple cups are manufactured using the correct board quality, and that is to tear the outer layer of the cup to reveal the hidden third layer of  board (pictured).

Cups using unprocessed recycled board will be brown or grey, food contact board will normally be white.

Recycled board coffee cup on right, food grade cup on left