Alright, y'all - I'm about to break your heart. Paper coffee cups are lined with plastic.
They are NOT recyclable and NOT compostable.
The lids are plastic #6 which is Polystyrene a known carcinogen, and we normally see plastic #6 as Styrofoam.
Thankfully, you have a couple of options to avoid disposable plastic coffee cups!
1. Bring Your Own!
I like to bring my thermos to the coffee shop, they'll fill it up with coffee and most coffee shops even give a discount.
Thermoses are great because they're insulated. It keeps your hot
2. In a Mug to Stay
You can always ask for your coffee to stay in a real mug. You just have to specify, that you'd like a real mug.
If you're in a rush, you can always specify for your coffee to come at a more drinkable temperature. You can drink your coffee in the real mug in a couple of minutes.
3. Go Topless
If you forget your reusable thermos, and don't have a couple of minutes to drink it in the cafe - go topless!
At least by going topless you'll avoid a bit of plastic!