Starting on Wednesday, January 3, the Co-op will charge for paper cups used for coffee and espresso drinks.  This extra 25-cent charge will apply to all three cup sizes in both the cafe and the store.
 
We encourage our members to use our ceramic cups (while the cafe is open) or to bring their own cups.  If you are using one of our ceramic cups, then we’ll waive the 25-cent charge.  And, if you bring your own cup or mug (that you bring from home and we don’t have to wash), then we give an extra 25-cent discount off the retail price of the drink.
 
We are charging for the paper cups to decrease waste and bring awareness to the issue: the number of disposable coffee cups going into the garbage is staggering and research shows that a cup charge is one of the most effective ways to reduce that waste.
 
As always, we welcome your input.  Send me a message if you have comments.