In this blog we aim to answer all of the frequently asked questions regarding using paper or polystyrene cups.
1) Do paper or polystyrene cups look more professional?
2) Is custom printing cheaper on paper or polystyrene cups?
Custom print is available on both paper and polystyrene cups, the cost of the cups depends on the amount you have printed and also how many colours you would like printed.
3) Which cups are the best heat insulators?
Polystyrene cups are a second to none when it comes to insulating heat and on the opposite end of the scale great for keeping cold drinks cold.
Paper cups retain heat for a lot less time because they aren't as insulated as polystyrene.
4) Which cups are more cost effective?
Paper and polystyrene cups do differ quite a lot in price, the polystyrene works out a lot cheaper, even if you have a printed design foam cup.
Be careful when you purchase paper cups, you can purchase single or double wall cups. Single wall will always be cheaper than the double wall however they don't hold heat as long and you may also find customers using coffee clutches, napkins or double cupping. This can significantly negate the original cost.
Double wall paper cups will be the most expensive option, however they do not burn customer’s hands and you do not need anything to wrap around them.
5) Are paper or polystyrene cups more comfortable to use?
Many paper cups are made too thin and when boiling water is poured into them you will find that they burn your hands and they will be impossible to hold.
The single wall are just one layer of waxed paper, if a customer takes a hot drink away they will need a coffee clutch which wraps around the cup, basically giving the cup a second wall.
The double wall paper cups are much better when it comes to holding them, they will still become warm but the customer should be able to hold the cup for a long period of time without it burning their hands and without using a coffee clutch.
So all in all it is really down to personal preference but it is wise to consider all of the available options on the market place.
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