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Taking us for mugs: Get 10p off a cup of coffee but there’s a big catch!

November 20, 2013


Didn’t the price of food at university cafes go up recently? Or was it our imagination? But here’s the latest news from university management. You’ll all be getting a 10p “discount” on your cup of coffee. But only if you buy one of their cups!

Put another away, Catering Services coffee now costs 10p more than it would otherwise do for those that refuse to buy a university cup.

This is being spun as being sustainable and helping the environment – because these cups are re-usable – but we’ve looked into the small print and discovered that – you can’t bring your own re-usable mug. You must purchase one of their special cups. 

Put this another way, all the thousands of other cups on the campus are therefore redundant for these purposes and now, erm,  items to be disposed of …!

The sustainability argument is further questioned because these “KeepCups” are apparently made by the Australian KeepCup company.

So what’s it going to cost you for 10p off your favourite hot drink? 

How much are these incredible cups?

They are a snip at, err, an eye-watering £6.50!

The cups look like they do the job. But if management are so concerned, they should be providing us with cups for free. So we suggest you avoid the coffee tax, put your money towards buying a thermos and bring your own hot drinks onto campus.

Tell management “no thanks”,  you can keep your KeepCups.

ImageThe £6.50, 10p saving, KeepCup

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2013 9:39 PM

    It’s much cheaper to make your own coffee anyway!

  2. Haley permalink
    December 2, 2013 9:27 AM

    I don’t think this is a bad thing… The thermos isn’t any more expensive than others I’ve seen on the market, and it minimises the amount of cardboard cups being thrown away every time I buy a drink.

    Catering is a business afterall, that needs to make money to pay their staff, and inflation is happening everywhere.

    Buying a coffee on Campus – or at any cafe anywhere – is a choice. It’s only an option; Catering aren’t forcing us to buy it!

    I have one, and I like it.

  3. December 2, 2013 10:17 AM

    “Put another away, Catering Services coffee now costs 10p more than it would otherwise”
    That’s not actually true. The coffee has remained the same price, but is 10p LESS with a Keepcup.

    Personally, I think using a Keepcup is far better than using a disposable cup and creating excessive waste, they also reduce use of water, reduce emissions, and produce low energy when manufactured. It’s unfair to use the phrase “coffee tax” when it’s actually a discount being offered.

    I think that articles like this are counter-productive to the progressive nature of Unions, and I think it would be much more in the Unions interest to align ourselves with the Sustainability agenda rather than berate it.

  4. Pam permalink
    December 2, 2013 11:32 AM

    I have a KeepCup and I love it! I also have a Refresh card so I save 10% and get 10p off my drinks, and I get my loyalty card stamped. I think we get a pretty good deal as a customer.

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