Thank you so much for suggesting we look into cold drinks and plastic cups! This is definitely a market we can and should explore as we continue to develop our cup.
We are planning to conduct a second test of our cups with baristas tomorrow in order to gauge how well the cups hold up to the process of storing, stacking and grabbing that the typical coffee cup experiences daily. Our first test with baristas focused on the filling and folding of our cups, ensuring they met the standards required by coffee shops.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read over our submission page and to help us set up the feedback session with the NYC OpenIDEO Chapter!
The appeal of the spill resistance of the cup is definitely something we are hoping to test. One speaker in the OpenIDEO Webinar 2 mentioned that just reducing waste is not enough to convince customers to start using the product, but that it also needs to have other benefits to be attractive.
We have considered the numbers for plastic and paper consumption by our cup, as well as the effect each has on the cost of our cup, and we will be sure to include them in our final update at the end of the refinement stage.
We have also had the same concerns regarding the folding of the original cup. In the beginning when that video was taken, the folding of the cup was somewhat unintuitive and required the use of two hands to conduct multiple folds. As such, we have completely updated the design to the point that it only requires one hand and three folds. Furthermore, the drinking hole of the cup no longer resides on a sharp corner of the cup, but is more rounded.
We have talked to the owners of and with baristas from several local coffee shops about the cup and they have all given positive feedback on it. We will also be uploading our videos of users interacting with our cups at today’s feedback session and the pictures we have of a manager from Think Coffee going through the process of filling and folding the cup.