Oakland’s Blue Bottle Coffee to test eliminating single-use, disposable cups at two locations

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 15: The Blue Bottle Coffee logo is displayed on a cup of Blue Bottle coffee on September 15, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Nestle announced its plans to acquire a 68% stake in Blue Bottle Coffee in a deal estimated at $700 million. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Customers at some Blue Bottle Coffee locations may eventually have to bring their own mugs or use one of the cafe’s reusable ones if they want a cup of coffee as part of the company’s effort to eliminate waste.

In a separate initiative, the company intends to become “zero waste” at all its U.S. cafes by 2020 — meaning more environmentally friendly production, consumption and packaging.

Blue Bottle Coffee goes through 15,000 disposable cups each month at every cafe — that amounts to 12 million per year, according to the company’s CEO.

The company intends to test eliminating single-use cups at two locations.

As part of the change, customers would either have to bring their own cup or use one of Blue Bottle’s reusable ones for a small deposit.

The company is aware of the ramifications the change might bring.

“We are proud to announce an experiment that may not work, that may cost us money, and that may make your life a little more complicated,” the CEO said in a statement online.  

There is no timeline in place for elimination of single-use cups.

The company is headquartered in Oakland.

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