Now that you know your terminology, it’s time to start figuring out which type of cup is right for your establishment. Will it be paper, plastic, or foam? Traditional or eco-friendly? Everyday or innovative? Pretty or practical? The options out there are as endless as the drinks you put in them.
Air Pocket Insulated
Eliminating the need to “double cup” or keep coffee sleeves on hand, paper hot cups designed with air pocket insulation keep hot beverages like coffee, tea, and hot chocolate warm without burning patrons’ hands. These cups feature an inner sheet and an outer sheet, separated by a layer of air for added insulating properties.
Featuring a polymer coating for added insulation, poly-coated cups are great for serving hot or cold beverages alike! These cups may have a single or double poly-coating, with each additional layer offering additional rigidity. This lining also keeps liquids inside the cup and protects the outside of the cup from weakening due to condensation or “sweating.” Unlike wax-coated cups, poly-coated cups pose no risk of wax-buildup in your cup dispensers.
These cups come in a wide range of colors and sizes, and many feature tightly rolled rims for worry-free, leak-proof drinking.
Made using post-consumer fibers, recycled paper cups feature FDA Approved constructions that let you show your green side to your customers. These cups are just as great for serving hot or cold liquids as traditional paper cups, but use less virgin paper in their makeup.
Some paper cups are made using renewable resources. These cups are available in compostable paper styles, double-sided poly paper styles, and paper-lined styles with thick PLA shells. Made with up to 100% renewable resources, sustainable cups give you and your customers added peace of mind when using disposable cups for service. They are available in hot or cold cup designs, so be sure to check if the cup you’re interested in is heat-resistant if hot beverages are your specialty.
Similar to poly-coated paper, wax-coated paper offers extra rigidity and protection from leaks and absorption, as well as an added layer of insulation. These cups are available in a variety of patterns and sizes, and like poly-coated cups, many feature tightly rolled rims for worry-free, leak-proof drinking. Wax-coated paper cups are primarily designed for use with cold beverages, making them ideal when serving sodas, iced tea, lemonade, milkshakes, and more.
Like paper, plastic cups also come in a variety of green, eco-friendly options. Our 100% compostable cold cups, for example, are made of PLA corn plastic and offer complete product visibility for enhanced marketability. These cups feature rolled rims, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and each cup is temperature tolerant from 40 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heavy Duty, Hard Wall
For a high class option with the convenience of disposability, turn to hard wall plastic cups. These cups have rigid walls that make them break- and shatter-resistant, giving them a heavy-duty feel. From festive colorful tumblers to crystal clear plain cups, hard plastic cups are ideal for upscale occasions where traditional glassware simply isn’t feasible. Available in a variety of colors, sizes, styles, and shapes, hard plastic cups are sure to meet virtually any need and match virtually every décor. These cups give the look of china or fine cut crystal, yet cost a fraction of the price and none of the clean-up.
Heavy Duty, Flexible
Heavy duty, flexible cups have a medium wall construction that flexes but still remains crack-resistant. Featuring crystal clarity for an upscale look, PET plastic cups are clear, crack-resistant premium plastic cups. PET plastic cups are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles; however, they are to be used only with cold beverages, thus limiting your service options. Polystyrene cups come in a wide variety of colors, making them a perfect choice for parties and catered events.
An economical option for everyday beverage service, thin wall cups are made of durable polypropylene material for a lower cost alternative to PET clear plastic cups. These cups are crack-resistant, and feature a translucent appearance, great for serving cold drinks at your high-volume fast food venue.
Kids Cups and Concession Cups
Featuring tight-sealing lids and hard plastic styles, kids cups and concession cups alike are designed to last while preventing drips and spills. These cups come in a variety of bold patterns, and range in size from a standard 12 oz. to a large 64 oz. Often referred to as “souvenir cups”, kids cups and concession cups can be reused, though they are designed for one-time-use by restaurant and concession stand operators.
Available in solid color and clear options, polystyrene cups are made from a high impact material that is sturdy, shatterproof, and flexible. These cups feature smooth rolled rims and come in a variety of styles, sizes, and shapes to meet your unique needs. They’re built to withstand your most popular party games, and are the standard when it comes to plastic cups in party settings. Polystyrene plastic cups, like most plastic cups, are only designed for use with cold beverages though, so keep that in mind when deciding on the perfect cup.
Many eco-friendly plastic cups are made from post-consumer recycled content, much like many green paper cups. These cups are available in several styles and sizes so you can serve your guests with eco-conscious confidence. Keep in mind, though, that these cups are only ideal for cold beverage applications.
A great insulator, foam cups make an ideal option for hot or cold beverages. These cups hold their shape better than paper cups, yet still offer your establishment a low-cost, lightweight vessel. Foam cups are available in traditional white or printed patterns, and some even come in designer styles. Many are customizable too! Featuring a one-piece molded construction with a distinctive pedestal, traditional foam cups feature the durability you need with all the insulation you want.
Not seeing a design or color that seems to fit your establishment’s style? Some types of disposable cups offer the option of customization. This allows you to add a personal touch to your disposable products, permitting you to display your establishment’s name and logo for increased, efficient advertising. Customizable options are available with select foam drinking cups and select plastic cups. Proudly promote your business with these available customization features!
So you’ve decided on a style and design for your establishment’s cold cups and hot cups. Now what? To give your customer every convenience possible, you’ll want to have a few items on hand to complement your disposable cups.
Lids are absolutely essential to help ensure that your customers’ beverages don’t spill. We have lids available for all of the paper, foam, and plastic types of disposable cups sold on our site – even hot cups. Lid sizes vary by cup size, and there are generally two different lid styles available. Flat lids are perfect for beverages such as water, soda, and juices. Dome lids are perfect for smoothies, milkshakes, and iced lattes since they allow plenty of room for whipped cream!
If you serve hot beverages at your establishment, then you may also want to consider ordering coffee cup sleeves. These sleeves will help to protect your customers’ hands from the heat emanating from their cups. Not only will these coffee jackets help to protect their hands from getting burned, but they will also help to make carrying the cups easier!
Don’t forget the coffee stirrers to go with your hot cups! Keep your self-serve beverage station stocked so that your customers can grab a stirrer to mix cream and sugar into their hot beverage. You’ll also want to make sure you never run out of drinking straws. From sipping straws for cocktails, to super jumbo straws for smoothies, we have a selection to meet every need.