By and large, New York City is not the place where people “stay” for coffee. They drink it in transit, in subway cars and yellow cabs; and even when stationed at their office desks, New Yorkers are partial to the disposable cup. The receptacle was not born in New York City, nor is it unique to NYC’s busy streets — but the to-go cup’s ubiquity is symbolic of a certain lifestyle shared in the most populous place in the nation. Obtained from blue-collar breakfast trucks and high-minded cafes alike, these cups, each emblazoned with its own place of origin, together represent the democracy of a place with too many people and too little time. But quick as New Yorkers are to toss them, the disposable cup is here to stay. It’s simply a part of life.

You have strong opinions about your favorite coffee shops. How about your favorite coffee cups? Tweet or instagram us a picture of your favorite disposable sipping receptacles at @gearpatrol and we’ll share them with the world. Because beauty is more than bean deep.

Abraço Espresso


Small Coffee: $2.50
Address: 86 E 7th St, New York, NY

Blue Bottle Coffee


Small Coffee: $4.50
Address: 160 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Roasting Company


Small Coffee: $1.75
Address: 25 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

Café Grumpy


Small Coffee: $2.25
Address: 193 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, 11222

Understanding the Finer Points of Coffee Bean Roasting


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Champion Coffee


Small Coffee: $2.75
Location: 52 Gansevoort St, New York, NY

The City Bakery


Small Coffee: $2.50
Address: 3 W 18th St, New York, NY

La Pecora Bianca


Small Coffee: $3
Address: 1133 Broadway, New York, NY

Lost Weekend NYC


Small Coffee: $3
Address: 45 Orchard St, New York, NY

A Guide to Coffee Cupping


What’s behind the “bark,” “peach cobbler” or “champagne” tasting notes on your bag of coffee beans? Lots of sniffing, slurping and spooning. Read this story

Lucky King Bakery


Small Coffee: $1
Address: 280 Grand St, New York, NY



Small Coffee: $2
Address: 307 E 9th St, New York, NY

O Cafe


Small Coffee: $2
Address: 482 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Oslo Coffee Roasters


Small Coffee: $2
Address: 133 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY

Essentials for the Ultimate Coffee Table


Well curated, simple, sleek and organized is the name of the game in the quest for the ultimate coffee table. Read this story

Parlor Coffee


Small Coffee: $2.50
Address: 11 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Rapha Cycle Club New York


Small Coffee: $2
Address: 64 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY

Saturdays Surf NYC


Small Coffee: $2.75
Location: 31 Crosby St, New York, NY

Toby’s Estate Coffee


Small Coffee: $3
Address: 125 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY