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Did you know that whether you're a self-professed coffee snob or you’re easily pleased with an at-home brew and meal prepped lunch - everything tastes better in ceramics?!
Paper vessels: When heated, begin to smell, affecting taste. They're also poor retainers of heat, cooling your coffee (damaging the ideal flavour compounds as well as increasing acidity) and food (a bowl of cold carbonara never quite cuts it).
Plastic vessels: They are slightly porous and absorb both smell and flavour. Plastics may also leach tiny microplastics and chemical toxins into your cup, affecting both the taste and your overall health. The waxy, plastic resin coating on the interior of paper cups may also create a film (often invisible to the naked eye) on the top of your coffee which is both hazardous and a flavour killer! Hard pass!
Stainless steel vessels: Those 1,000 compounds in coffee that make your blend its dreamy, aromatic self can react oddly when left to sit in metal vessels (they pass very briefly through metal coffee filters, making it unlikely they are affected during filtering in case you coffee aficionados were worried!). Not to mention, cheaply made stainless steel cups and containers may have treatments that wash from the metal into your food and drink over time, affecting the taste and posing health risks. Unless your stainless steel cup is double-walled, the heat from your coffee will also be pulled from the liquid into the cup itself, leaving the vessel hot and your drink cold - which as we know affects the flavour!
Glass: Glass has the same neutrality as ceramic, but it doesn't retain heat as well or for as long. Ceramics may also be lighter and prettier to look at to boot - thanks to their variety of shapes and glazes!
Ceramic coffee cups and tableware influence our overall experience of our drinks and meals by appealing to all five of our senses. The neutrality of ceramics as a material means your home creations or takeaway treats aren’t affected by a flavour leaching, or absorption of flavour or scent into the vessel's walls (as can be the case with other paper, plastic and metals). The weight, shape, texture and variety of colours that ceramics have give them a comforting, familiar feel unique to ceramics. Alongside aesthetics and taste, the functionality in their ability to maintain temperature makes ceramics an ideal choice.
Not only do ceramics tick all our boxes by retaining heat, being aesthetically pleasing, durable, ergonomic and ensuring optimal flavour, they are also reusable! You can read more about the importance of this feature in our blog, Why Reusables?. Here we break down why reusable coffee cups and food containers (including ceramics!) are the most sustainable alternative to single-use paper cups and plastic containers.