Packaging Supplies for Cafés: Everything You Need for Your Coffee Shop
Ecoware Cups
Orchard Cafe Coffee Cup

Attention, coffee shop owners! When did you last think about restocking your café’s packaging supplies? Choosing the right coffee shop packaging can be a challenge, especially if you’re just starting out.

At Takeaway Packaging, we’re experts in selecting suitable packaging for cafés and coffee shops alike. We’ll give you the full rundown of our eco-friendly takeaway coffee cups you might need along with all the extras — like lids, cutlery and napkins

Choosing the Right Takeaway Coffee Cups and Lids

With so many different kinds of packaging for coffee and cake out there — and single-use plastics getting banned by the government — it makes a lot of sense to choose sustainable packaging. We know it can be a little confusing, particularly when packaging companies use different terms and descriptions to describe the same product!

Here’s a quick breakdown of how different hot cups work and what they are best suited for, along with a few extra tips.

Single Wall Cups

Double Wall Cups

Triple Wall Cups

Single wall cups can be used for both hot and cold beverages. These provide the least amount of insulation, which is why we recommend using eco-friendly sleeves to protect customers’ hands if you plan to use them for hot drinks. Double wall cups are best suited to hot drinks and are a popular choice for takeaway orders. “Double wall” means the cup has an additional layer to prevent it from getting too hot, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to serve it with a sleeve. Triple wall cups, also known as ripple cups, provide the highest level of insulation. Ripple cups work well for hot beverages but can be used with a sleeve if desired. For custom cups, our double or single wall cups are best to capture your designs. 

We stock all these types of eco-friendly compostable and recyclable coffee cups in our online store. Check it out!

Once you know what type of coffee cup you’ll need, you should think about the size. We’ve compiled a list of the best-size cup for different kinds of coffee:

  1. 4 oz (118 ml) — Single or double shot (e.g. Espresso, Ristretto)
  2. 6 oz (177 ml) — Small coffee (e.g. Lungo, Macchiato, Flat White)
  3. 8 oz (227 ml) — Regular coffee (e.g. Latte, Cappuccino, Americano)
  4. 12 oz (355 ml) — Large coffee (e.g. Latte, Cappuccino, Americano)
  5. 16 oz (473 ml) — Extra-large coffee (e.g. French Press, Filter Coffee)

Related: Disposable Coffee Cups: A Complete Guide for Eco-Conscious Businesses

Coffee Cup Linings

There are two types of lining you can use for your coffee cup: PE (plastic) and Ingeo™ PLA (polylactic acid).

PE: Polyethylene (PE) lining is made from plastic. Plastic offers superior water and grease resistance, is recyclable and can be recycled into other products multiple times. 

Ingeo™ PLA: Also referred to as “bioplastic”, polylactic acid (PLA) is plant-based, not oil-based. It’s 100% biodegradable and compostable, making it our top choice for sustainable coffee cups.

Custom Printed Coffee Cups

Custom Printed Coffee Cups

Why not add a custom design to show off your branding? It gives you your very own mobile advertisement. Use this opportunity to promote your social media handles or add unique artwork and logos, which can help drive sales. 

Unbranded stock cups have their advantages too — they’re budget-friendly and can be delivered straight away. If you are on a budget, we can also supply branded stickers which can be added to plain stock cups — cost-effective branding! 

Related: Should You Use Branded Takeaway Packaging?

Recyclable and Biodegradable Coffee Cup Lids

When ordering takeaway coffee cups, many purchase lids for each cup size. However, for most cups, one size fits all (from 10oz up). Smaller cups have a smaller diameter and will require smaller lids.

Lids aren’t the only finishing touch. Everyone likes their coffee a little differently, so make sure you’re stocked up on coffee stirrers and cup carriers to provide your customers with everything they need. 

Buy eco-friendly coffee cup lids to match your takeaway coffee cups.

Clear Cups for Smoothies and Juices

Clear Cups for Smoothies and Juices

Nowadays, coffee shops sell more than just coffee. Smoothies, frappes and juices are part of the gang too. If you’re serving cold drinks, you might prefer a clear cup to display your colourful concoctions. Clear cups are very straightforward — simply choose your size (7 oz20 oz) and material. Clear cups are only suitable for use with cold drinks.

PLA clear cups are the perfect choice for environmentally conscious businesses. Eco-cups are fully biodegradable and compostable, and you can brand them too. They also make for easy disposal, leaving your customers feeling guilt-free.

We also offer recyclable clear cups, which are ideal for cold drinks like smoothies, fresh juices, iced coffees and milkshakes. They’re made from 100% recycled material, which can be recycled again and again after use.

PLA clear cups

When shopping for our clear cups, you can choose from two kinds of lids. A domed lid is best for thicker drinks with toppings like whipped cream (think frappes). Flat lids are a better choice for iced coffee and juices. 

Biodegradable Straws

In July 2021, the government banned single-use plastic straws and stirrers. Considering the negative impact plastic straws have on our marine environments, we’re all the more glad for it. For thick drinks, we recommend choosing a straw with a larger diameter, such as 12 mm. Here is a selection of straws for all your juice, smoothie and cold beverage needs: 

Paper Straws 

PLA Straws

Avocado Seed Straws

Paper straws are the ultimate environmentally friendly alternative and are fully compostable. They’re suitable for thinner drinks like juices.  PLA straws have the same physical attributes as plastic but are made from a plant-based material (PLA), so they’re fully biodegradable and compostable.  These biodegradable avocado seed straws are extra strong and durable. They’re made from a biomass content of 70% from renewable and sustainable resources. 

Slurp up sustainability and view our entire range of biodegradable straws

Coffee Shop Packaging: The Accessories

So we’ve covered eco-friendly cups, straws and lids and explained what you need to know for serving hot and cold beverages, but what about the extras? Let’s look at some sustainable alternatives to single-use coffee shop accessories. 

Recycled Paper Napkins

Napkins are an essential item on your café packaging supplies list. If you sell pastries, biscuits or desserts, customers will want napkins to stay clean — and green! 

The ply of a napkin is how many layers the napkin has. Most napkins are one to three-ply — the higher the number, the thicker it is.

The most popular napkin material used in coffee shops is paper, as it’s easily disposable. Environmentally conscious businesses often use unbleached napkins made from recycled paper.

Biodegradable NapkinsBut just because your business is sustainable doesn’t mean it has to be a plain Jane. We stock a wide range of 100% biodegradable, recyclable and compostable napkins in stunning vivid colours like indigo and bright red

Related: The Best Packaging for Desserts: A Definitive Guide

Biodegradable and Compostable Cutlery

Single-use plastic cutlery is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to littering. It’s also part of the single-use plastic ban the government is introducing. Luckily, you have several viable, eco-friendly alternatives. 

Bioplastic Cutlery

Wooden Cutlery

Avocado Seed Cutlery

Bioplastic PLA cutlery offers the same physical appearance and durability as heavy-duty plastic cutlery, but it is completely biodegradable and compostable. Hard wooden cutlery is produced from renewable resources and is recyclable and biodegradable. Wooden cutlery is also less likely to snap than plastic cutlery. Avocado seed cutlery is incredibly strong and durable. Produced from renewable resources, it’s the more sustainable alternative to standard, oil-based cutlery.

For more eco-friendly cutlery options, have a look at our online selection

Recycled and Recyclable Paper Bags

Takeaway bags will always come in handy if you’re serving food at your coffee shop. Here are some popular coffee shop packaging bag designs:

Paper Grab Bags

SOS Paper Bags

The small to larger sizes of these grab bags makes them perfect for sandwiches, cakes and pastries. As the name suggests, these are suited to grab-and-take options. You can shop unbranded grab bags or have them branded with your artwork and logo. The SOS-style bag is most commonly used by coffee shops, bakeries and delis. Its structure allows for small takeaway boxes and soup cups to sit level inside. These bags can also be branded and are available with a twisted handle or flat handle. 

Looking for more? We have many other types of sustainable paper bags and food carriers for you to discover

Buying Packaging for Your Coffee Shop with Us

Sustainable coffee shop packaging is the future — not only for the planet but for your business too. Stock up on eco-friendly packaging now and avoid additional costs like the plastic packaging tax and fines for using single-use plastic. With our range of café packaging supplies, you can give your customers an easy way to dispose of their waste while showcasing your commitment to sustainability.

Buy sustainable packaging for your coffee shop online, including biodegradable coffee cups and recyclable food packaging — and much more!

9 Quirky Coffee Shops in London
Attendant Coffee London

Coffee is always at the forefront of our minds at Takeaway Packaging. We are always trying out new and exciting places to get coffee, so check out some quirky coffee shops in London that we’ve grown to love!

#1 Attendant
Attendant Coffee
Attendant Coffee

Attendant is a tiny, quirky coffee bar, situated in a restored Victorian public convenience. They serve breakfast and light lunch along with some great coffee.

Three Branches 

Fitzrovia | Shoreditch | Clerkenwell

Visit Attendant

#2 Look mum no hands!

Look mum no hands! offer breakfast, cakes and meals in a bike workshop, coffee and wine bar, along with big-screen cycling events.

Three Branches

Old Street | Lmnh Kitchen | London Bridge

Visit Look mum no hands!

#3 Coffee, Cake & Kisses | Fitzrovia

Coffee, Cakes & Kisses are an artisan coffee house, serving delicious food and drinks in a homely environment. Their mission is to help people have better relationships with themselves and others and to explore all aspects of them, however challenging or unusual.

Visit Coffee, Cake & Kisses

#4 Drink, Shop & Do | Kings Cross

Drink, Shop & Do is an eclectic, all-day café and designer store in an airy space that also stages evening classes. Some upcoming events include, ‘Pimp your Hipflask’, ‘Club Yoga’ and ‘Party Like It’s 1999’.

Visit Drink, Shop & Do

#5 Biscuiteers Boutique and Icing Café
Biscuiteers Boutique and Icing Café
Biscuiteers Boutique & Icing Café

Biscuiteers launched online in September 2007, with their mission statement ‘why send flowers when you can send biscuits instead? In October 2012, they opened the doors to their very first Biscuit Boutique & Icing Cafe in Notting Hill, followed by a second on Northcote Road in December 2014.

Two Branches

Notting Hill | Battersea

Visit Biscuiteers

#6 The Ship of Adventures | Hackney

This intriguing café is decorated like the inside of a pirate ship! Run by The Hackney Pirates, they offer light bites as well as children’s books and gifts.

Visit The Ship of Adventures

#7 Lion Coffee + Records London | Clapton
Lion Coffee + Records London | Clapton
Lion Coffee + Records London

Husband and Wife Chris & Mairead envisioned Lion not only as a place to hang out, drink the best coffee and browse vinyl, but also to capture the very essence of musicianship by hosting intimate performances and bespoke launch events. The shop interior was designed to create a relaxing and chilled atmosphere, it also doubles as a cocktail bar in the evenings.

Visit Lion Coffee Records

#8 Palm Vaults | Hackney

Palm Vaults is a unique coffee shop with heaps of character. Their décor incorporates hanging baskets an array of different plants. They offer light bites, vegan cuisine, cakes and great coffee. Please note – no laptops are allowed, and you can only pay by card!

Visit Palm Vaults

#9 Wilton Way Café | Hackney
Wilton Way Café | Hackney
Wilton Way Café

Wilton Way Café is a modest and contemporary coffee house serving breakfast and sandwiches, as well as hosting an on-site radio station!

Visit Wilton Way Cafe

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Everything you need for a Coffee Shop Pt 2
Biodegradable Smoothie Cups

Welcome to Part 2 of ‘Everything you need for a Coffee Shop’! Selecting the right food & drink packaging for your coffee shop can be an absolute nightmare.

Fortunately, we are experts when it comes to selecting suitable packaging for cafes. Today, we are continuing with our top tips and packaging suggestions for all coffee shops, let us know your thoughts. Check out Part 1 here.

Tip #5 Are you offering cold drinks such Smoothies or Frappes?

If you are, you’re going to need some clear cups to serve them in! Clear cups are very straightforward, all you’ll need to do is choose your size (7oz-20oz) and choose the material of the cup. Please note, clear cups are only suitable for use with cold drinks.


Plastic Smoothie Cup
Plastic Smoothie Cup

Currently, most smoothie cups you will find on the market are manufactured from plastic. These cups can be branded, but unfortunately are not biodegradable or compostable. We are sure you are aware of the damaging effects plastic has on our eco system.


Biodegradable Smoothie Cup
PLA Biodegradable Smoothie Cup

PLA Smoothie Cups are the perfect choice for environmentally conscious businesses. They are fully biodegradable, compostable and can also be branded.

Dome Lids

Dome Smoothie Cup Lid

Dome lids are the best choice if you are serving thicker drinks with toppings such as whipped cream.

Flat Lids

Flat Lid for Smoothie Cup
Flat Lid for Smoothie Cups

Flat lids are great for drinks such as iced coffee and juices.

Tip #6 Straws

Plastic straws are currently at the forefront of conversations surrounding the harmful consequences of using single use plastics. For this reason, we would not recommend any business buy or provide plastic straws.

Recommended Styles
For coffee shops, we recommend two styles of straws: Jumbo straws and Straight straws.

Paper Straws

Red & White Paper Straws
Red & White Paper Straws

Paper Straws are an environmentally friendly alternative to standard plastic straws as they are fully recyclable.

PLA Straws

PLA Straw
PLA Straight Straw

PLA Straws have the same physical attributes as plastic but are not harmful to the environment. Why? They are made from a plant-based material (PLA), this material is fully biodegradable and compostable. View our PLA Straws here.

Straws come in various lengths and diameters. If you’re serving thicker drinks, be sure to check the diameter of the straw before purchasing.

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The Best Coffee Shops and Cafes in Bristol, UK
Tincan Coffee Co. - Takeaway Packaging

If anyone knows good coffee when they see it (smell it, taste it and overindulge it), it’s us. Below are our top picks for coffee shops and cafes in Bristol — the greenest city in the UK. 

Whether you’re passing through the city for a few days or looking for a new Sunday brunch spot, we’ve got something for everyone. Seriously, stay tuned for authentic Italian espressos, a Mocha with vintage Monopoly and a latte with a lunch fit for an Instagram photoshoot. 

Playground Coffee House, Saint Nicholas Street

Nestled between Queen Square and Castle Park, Playground Coffee House is located in the “Old City” of Bristol.

Playground Coffee House Bristol

Don’t let us sway your decision, but this coffee house even has a swing set. Image from Playground Coffee House’s official website

If you’re working or studying in Bristol, this is the coffee shop for you. As the name suggests, this cafe is a playground for creatives and collaborators with some good fun, coffee and cocktails thrown in the mix. This is the place where after spending an hour hard at work, you can kick back and play a classic board game. Playground Coffee House has no qualms about mixing work with pleasure, as you’ll be sat on a swing during your business meeting. 

It’s also a great place for coffee connoisseurs, as the world’s finest coffee beans are used to brew speciality coffee (or so its website’s copy claims). Yeah, these guys take their love of coffee seriously. If you still need convincing, you can even browse through its online brew guides, complete with tutorial-style videos. 

Lavender Coffee Shop & Deli, Coldharbour Road

This authentic Italian deli is just a five-minute drive from Bristol’s Botanical Gardens for a fabulously floral day out.

Lavender Coffee Shop and Deli

Pistachio Cannelloni, anyone? Image from Lavender Coffee’s official Facebook page.

If you’re a fan of a strong, black coffee with plenty of flavour, Lavender Coffee Shop is the place for you. Owned by Naples-born barista Ciro, this coffee house takes plenty of inspiration from Italian staple sites, including Sorrento, Venice and Sicily. Everything from the decor, dining and, of course, the drinks is unapologetically continental. 

It’s safe to say that you’ll be spoilt for choice when visiting, as there are over 30 types of coffee on the menu, and that’s not to mention the wide array of classic paninis and pastries on offer. If you enjoy Lavendar Coffee Shop as much as we do, you’ll be pleased to know that you can also take a taste of Italy home with you, as its in-store (and online) shop sells everything from olive oil to espresso biscuits. 

Tincan Coffee Co., Various Locations

This coffee brand is dominating Bristol right now, boasting two independent locations. Visit either the North Street location just south of Spike Island or head north of The Arches to arrive at Gloucester Road.

Tincan Coffee Co.

Discover Tincan Coffee Co.’s eclectic interior at the Gloucester Road branch. Image from the official Tincan Coffee Co. website.

If you’re taking a fleeting trip to Bristol, you’ll want to try some locally roasted coffee. Needless to say, Tincan Coffee Co. is the place to do it. And it won’t be difficult. either, as Tincan Coffee Co. is popping up everywhere, including at festivals and sporting events. 

Tincan Coffee Co. has its coffee supplied from Clifton Coffee — a local artisan roaster in Central Bristol. For this reason, you’ll always be invited to try Clifton’s seasonal blend for a fresh, unique brewing experience. This coffee house is clearly confident about its coffee supply — it frequently serves TV and film production crews with snacks and drinks on request. It’s settled. If you want to hire a coffee truck for a specific event, these are the guys to contact. 

Mocha Mocha Coffee House, St Michael’s Hill

For tourists visiting Bristol, this is perhaps the most central coffee house on our list. St Michael’s Hill is situated a few moments away from the University of Bristol in an altogether vibrant district. 

Mocha Mocha Coffee House

Looking in on Mocha Mocha Coffee House. Image from Mocha Mocha House’s official Facebook page.

Looking for an independent experience in one of Bristol’s most commercial districts? Visit Mocha Mocha Coffee House, awarded the title of one of the top five independent coffee houses by Bristol City Council. 

As with our last pick, this beverage provider gets its caffeine base from a local supplier for a truly authentic experience. The focus really is on the coffee here, with the brand offering free pastries with certain drink orders. Plus, if you’re truly impressed with what Mocha Mocha Coffee House has to offer, you can hire them for office catering so that you can enjoy drinks delivered straight to your desk. 

Spicer+Cole, Various Locations

You can choose from four locations to visit Spicer+Cole, so wherever you find yourself in need of a caffeine fix, there’s a spot nearby. As well as having a site on Gloucester Road and two locations in the Old City, Spicer+Cole has one branch West of the city centre. 

Spicer Cole Coffee shop

The perfect spot for an Insta-worthy breakfast. Image from Spicer+Cole’s official Facebook page.

Join Spicer+Cole as it cracks down on ethical coffee bean sourcing and, while you’re at it, test out its South American house espresso blend. After you’ve tasted local coffee in some of our other top coffee spots, you can enjoy a truly global experience here, with picks from Berlin and London along with blends from further afield.

If you need a picturesque avocado toast or granola bowl to pair with your beverage, this is the perfect place to brunch. Although we’re making coffee recommendations, it’s worth mentioning that Spicer+Cole has a specific focus on its food, confidently stating that “the first thing you’ll notice is the food counter”. Hey, we’re not complaining. 

There you have it, our must-visit coffee shops in Bristol. If you’re a true lover of coffee, we urge you to check out our environmental coffee cups on our online shop. After all, the only way to enjoy your takeout brew is to make it biodegradable.

Like this blog? Chec out our top Juice & Smoothie bars in London here.

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