It's not the dumdum staff. It's not the ludicrously overpriced muffins or the generic muzak. It's not even the lukewarm frappacappadoodahs. No, what keeps us coming back to those oh-so trendy coffee shops is that take-away cup with the little slurphole in the lid. Trouble is, this design icon is made of paper and plastic so you can't re-use it in your home or office. Step forward the cheekily-named I Am Not A Paper Cup.
Two layers of porcelain keeps your coffee warm
Crafted in double-walled porcelain with a flexible silicone lid, this edgy take on a design classic is perfect for coffee fans who want to replicate that Noo Yawk-style rushing-to-work/slurping-on-a-latte vibe without leaving home. Eco-friendly, I Am Not A Paper Cup (we'll resist the urge to yell it out Elephant Man-style) will placate tree-huggers because it's the only coffee cup you'll ever need. And seeing as it costs little more than a couple of coffee shop cappuccinos, it will pay for itself in no time.
Eco angles aside, everyone here at Firebucks loves this nifty vessel simply because there's something inexplicably satisfying about sipping from that silicone slot. Plus you won't slop its entire contents over your annual report/copy of Heat if you accidentally nudge it.
No more coffee stains!
Short of pilfering a few thousand paper cups from the bin outside your local coffee shop and then pulping them in your own recycling plant, we can think of no better way to drink coffee and save the planet. You can even be a proper rebel and fill your I Am Not A Paper Cup with tea (gasp!), hot chocolate (cheeky!) or - wait for it - orange squash (call the police!). The possibilities are endless.
Perfect for rush hour
In fact the only thing you can't do with this ingenious container is bite the rim so that it fits over your nose and do a Barry Manilow impression, before scrunching it up and chucking it in the overflowing bin in the high street. And that's good. Isn't it?