A Visual Survey of NYC Coffee Cups

January 14, 2016 Home : Eats By Photo by Henry Phillips

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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