How Coffee Has Increased Demand for Paper Cups

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Paper cups seem sometimes like a product used for parties and celebrations, where there are many people gathered for one occasion and an affordable method for delivering drinks is desired. But increasingly paper cups are playing a larger role in one of the fastest growing industries in the past two decades–coffee.

The retail value of the coffee market is valued at $48 billion, with 55% of that amount coming from the specialty coffee market. The United States imported around 27 million bags of unroasted coffee in 2014, which is one fourth of the imported coffee in the entire world. That made the U.S. the single largest buyer of coffee globally.

The statistics surrounding American coffee consumption show a larger picture of how Americans are drinking and consuming this product that is ingrained into American culture.

  • Recent statistics show that the average American consumes 1.64 cups of coffee per day.
  • 30% of the population drinks coffee occasionally.
  • 65% of all coffee in America is consumed during breakfast hours, with 30% between meals, and the remaining 5% with other meals.

It makes sense then that paper cups have become increasingly in-demand as the coffee industry has experienced incredible growth. Whether it’s a latte or a cappuccino or just a simple coffee drank black, paper cups are being used to deliver America’s most well-known energy drink.

There are many products that go in line with the paper cup when it comes to coffee. The wooden coffee stirrers, for instance, or the wooden stir sticks can often be seen at stations, where sugar and cream and other various flavoring substances are available to put within coffee.

Most paper cups used for coffee today are the standard white. These white paper coffee cups are standard at locations such as Starbucks, the Barnes and Noble Cafe, and other locations that distribute coffee as part of their main business plan. Many companies are likely to buy these cups wholesale, as part of inventory. These wholesale coffee cups can be a boon for businesses that produce these cups, leading to more revenue.

Aside from coffee, paper cups are used for another item on the menu at locations that serve coffee as part of their main business plan: soups. Whether at Panera Bread, Barnes and Noble, or other cafe locations, soups are placed in a hot soup container or hot paper cup and can also be sold wholesale.

In addition, some of those who wholesale paper coffee cups or sell hot cups wholesale offer an additional option for companies who deal with to-go orders: the lid. Cups with lids and small paper cups with lids are useful and somewhat standard when it comes to coffee delivery. These lids allow people to pick up coffee on the way to work and drive with the cups without spilling the liquid.

As the coffee industry has grown, demand for paper cups, whether disposable or just plain white, has seemingly increased.

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