18 Grams KeepCup is here! Save our planet!

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18 Grams KeepCup is here! First local cafe branded KeepCup has arrived in Hong Kong!   One of the question we get asked the most is what is a KeepCup? KeepCup is a reusable takeaway Cup designed and made in Melbourne Australia. It is designed specifically for coffee Baristas. It is also an environmental friendly option for everyone who drinks lots of quality takeaway coffee. According to the KeepCup website, it is calculated that it takes 28 disposable cups and lids to make 1 small size KeepCup(which is the version we have). Make sure you bring your KeepCup for your coffee next time, the cup is designed such that coffee crema will not break if the coffee is made in the cup. The cup will also fit under most coffee machine. Also the coffee milk proportion indicator will ensure that the coffee is made to the right proportion. There are also labels on the back of the cup that allow our staff to mark your coffee specifications, results in a perfect cup of coffee made to your specification.   We try our best to do what’s the best for our planet. 18 Grams KeepCup in Causeway Bay   Here are some fun facts about the keepcup: Sustainability Journey As our business grows it is important to us that we remain mindful of our original goal, to reduce the widespread use of disposable cups. This involves product development and improving the sustainability of our organizational systems and processes. As any wise man or woman will tell you, it’s all about the journey. Here is ours… Facts about the KeepCup There is enough plastic in : 35 disposable cups and lids to make a large KeepCup. 32 disposable cups and lids to make a medium KeepCup. 28 disposable cups and lids to make a small KeepCup. 25 disposable cups and lids to make a XS KeepCup. The break even with disposable cups estimated to be as low as 15 uses over the life cycle of the KeepCup including cleaning. KeepCups have been tested to 1000 uses by our industrial designers Cobalt Niche. Low embodied energy in manufacturing process. Manufactured from single component materials to facilitate recycling and reuse. Since June 2009, KeepCup users have diverted an estimated 30000 tonnes of disposable cup waste from landfill, that’s about 2 billion disposable cups. KeepCup users have stopped 750,000 trees being felled for paper pulp. (January 2012). A KeepCup compared to a disposable paper cup (including coffee) sees a: 36-47% reduction in global warming, 64-85% reduction in water use, 91-92% reduction in landfill waste annually Facts about Disposable Cups International Paper estimates that annually in the United States over 58 billion disposable cups are discarded to landfill; that is, 158 disposable cups for every US inhabitant. Annually 500 billion disposable cups are manufactured around the world; that’s about 75 disposable cups for every single person on the planet. Half of the plastic used in the world today is for single use items. On average, each disposable cup contains 5% of the raw materials involved in the process of making and delivering it. The 500 billion disposable cups we manufacture annually placed end to end could circumnavigate the earth 100 times. 4 billion trees or 35% of the total trees chopped down are used in paper industries on every continent. 1 tonne of paper consumes 98 tonnes of resources in manufacture. Globally, we go through about 300 million tonnes of paper each year. Most paper is made from virgin pulp. Very little recycled paper is used to make disposable cups due to health risk and contamination concerns. Because most disposable cups are coated with polyethylene, both composting and recycling of disposable cups is not common. 71% of the worlds paper supply comes from diminishing forests, not tree farms or the recycling bin. Consumer rubbish has increased tenfold over the twentieth century, from 92 to 1242 pounds of product waste per person per year. This means we discard approximately 14.4 times our body weight in waste annually. Taiwan discards 1.5 billion disposable cups annually. Landfill issues have given rise to new rules for establishments to give discounts to all reusable cups. The Taiwanese government has forecast a 30% reduction of disposable cup use annually, or 450 million cups.

Causeway Bay will stay around for a bit

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Causeway Bay Cannon Street - 15 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay Cannon Street
– 15 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay

WEEKEND WEEKLY Our Causeway Bay original store was due to be demolished this May. Thanks to this magazine article and some help from our friends we got a new lifeline. We are very happy for this outcome, however there are still many obstacles for us to overcome. After all, we found out that our mythical Black Sheep is a very resilient creature.

18 Grams featured on Reuters

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18 Grams Barista Sum introduced in Reuters

  We are honored to be mentioned on this short clip from Reuters.  As Cathay Yang mentioned “Hong Kong will be competing for the first time in the World Barista Championship in Vienna next June.  The winner here will slug it out with 51 other baristas from around the world.”  Our goal has always been to push the coffee culture in Hong Kong to the next level, and we are proud to serve world competing class coffee in all of our coffee shops. Click on the image above or here to see what Cathay Yang from Reuters has to say about 18 Grams. J  

冠軍! Ed Lam奪得2011新天成Petroncini 杯咖啡烘焙大賽冠軍!

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2011 Champion Ed Lam

Congratulations Ed!

  恭喜Glory Coffee的咖啡豆烘焙師 – Ed Lam 於廣州參加「新天成Petroncini杯咖啡烘焙大賽 2011」奪得冠軍的寶座!非常感謝公司的同事們到廣州為他打氣,更感謝我家老闆們的支持! 18 Grams 的3 家分店的咖啡都是他的出品噢!
Congratulations to Ed Lam in getting first place in “STS Petroncini Cup Coffee Roasting Competition 2011” at Guangzhou today. We are very happy for him because he is the lead roaster responsible for all the coffee we are serving in all 3 locations of our 18 Grams.  Keep up the good work Ed!

The smallest 18 Grams is now open for business!

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18 Grams Tsim Sha Tsui is Now Open!  Come enjoy our competition blend Big Bad Wolf with one of our award winning Barista stationed in Tsim Sha Tsui.  This is a very tight spot, some even ask if we are trying to break the smallest cafe record in Hong Kong.  We will have 5 seats at the spot in the coming weeks.  Hopefully we can get to know and talk to each one of you when we serve your coffee. Note this is a coffee tasting counter, we will not have any food there.  You will understand why when you see it.
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18 Grams Tsim Sha Tsui @ CitySuper

Gotta love this big Logo.   Caution: 18Grams is tucked within the supermarket section of CitySuper, you can find us by going to the wine section in CitySuper.  You won’t be able to find us in the HarbourCity directory.