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The Conscious Coffee Consumer Guide

We’re halfway through plastic free July, halfway through testing out new habits we will hopefully be able to stick too and develop into a lifelong lifestyle change - for the better! In today's post we'll be talking about reusing cups and what it means to live more consciously as a consumer. We've also included the ultimate vegan coffee shop guide!

Disposable coffee cups are made from a blend of paper and plastic polyethylene, because of this layer of plastic making the cup waterproof, it’s generally quite difficult to recycle efficiently. Unless you have time to separate the layers of different materials you may find your coffee cup unfortunately heading straight for landfill. It’s said that disposable coffee cups take up to 30 years to start breaking down in landfill, and with millions of cups heading to landfill on a daily basis, that’s a whole lot of cups sitting around doing absolutely nothing for a very long time!


We’ve recently started stocking the rCUP, amazingly a cup made from cups! In short, the rCUP is BPA free, dishwasher safe, leakproof, long lasting, and insulated - meaning your cold drinks stay cold and your hot drinks stay hot! The rCUP is made from single use cups that have been thrown away, and can be recycled in your usual household recycling bin at the end of its life, which should be a minimum of 10 years!



If you’re a frequent coffee buyer think of how many disposable cups you’ll be avoiding within those 10 years! If you buy coffee every single day using the rCUP, thats 3,650 cups you’d be saving from entering landfill!

When taking a reusable coffee cup into coffee stores you’ll not only be making a statement, you’ll be setting an example and saving money too! We’ve searched for the most popular coffee chains across the nation for their discounts when taking in your own cup:


  • Costa Coffee saves you 25p when you use your own cup.

  • Caffe Nero gives you 2 reward card stamps on the loyalty card or Cafe Nero app!

  • Starbucks saves you 25p when using your own tumbler or reusable coffee cup. Starbucks also charge an extra 5p when customers use paper cups to encourage the use of reusable products.

  • Pret A Manger gives you 50p off your drink when using your own coffee cup.


Lots of independent coffee shops provide similar discounts when you take in your own cup so it’s definitely worth asking when in store. If you know a local shop you’d like us to add, tell them to get in contact with us and we’ll pop them on the list!

We’ve also scanned the chain coffee shop allergen lists so you can make an informed choice when ordering your coffee and cold drinks.




Costa's vegan friendly list:

  • Peach Lemonade

  • Hot Chocolate Powder

  • Hot Chocolate Powder (Improved Recipe)

  • Soya Drink

  • Coconut Drink

  • Almond Drink

  • Gomme Syrup

  • Caramelised Orange Syrup

  • Salted Caramel Syrup

  • Salted Caramel Syrup (Reduced Sugar)

  • Vanilla Syrup

  • Vanilla Syrup (Improved Recipe)

  • Roasted Hazelnut Syrup

  • Roasted Hazelnut Syrup (Improved Recipe)

  • Caramel Syrup

  • Caramel Syrup (Sugar Free)

  • Gingerbread Syrup

  • Gingerbread Syrup (Sugar Free)

  • Cinnamon Syrup

  • Black Cherry Sauce

  • Belgian Chocolate Sauce

  • Strawberry Purée

  • Dried Orange Slice

  • Gold Glitter Spray

  • Caramel Vermicelli

  • Cinnamon Powder

  • Chocolate Pieces

  • Vanilla Powder

  • Frostino Base Powder

  • Summer Berries

  • Watermelon and Coconut Base

  • Mint Syrup

  • Strawberry Sprinkle

  • Coconut & Watermelon Fruit Cooler

  • Mango & Passionfruit Cooler

  • Red Summer Berries Fruit Cooler

  • Strawberry Cold Brew

  • Cold Brew Coffee White - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Cold Brew Coffee Black

  • Coffee Frostino - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Coffee Frostino (Improved Recipe) - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Strawberry Ice Infusion

  • Iced Mocha - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Chocolate - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Latte Base (For Speciality Latte) - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Latte (Standard) - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Cappuccino (Shaken) - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Americano (No Milk)

  • Iced Mocha Cortado - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Cortado - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Espresso Macchiato - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Ristretto

  • Iced Espresso

  • Milk Babyccino - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • English Breakfast Tea - NO MILK/ VEGAN MILK

  • English Breakfast Tea Decaffeinated - NO MILK/ VEGAN MILK

  • The Earl - NO MILK/ VEGAN MILK

  • Jasmine Green Tea - NO MILK/ VEGAN MILK

  • Simply Sencha Green Tea - NO MILK/ VEGAN MILK

  • Thoroughly Minted - NO MILK/ VEGAN MILK

  • Superfruity Infusion - NO MILK/ VEGAN MILK

  • Flat White - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • House Filter Coffee

  • Flat Black

  • Americano

  • Cortado - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Decaffeinated Espresso

  • Macchiato - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Risteretto

  • Character Roast Espresso (Colombian)

  • Signature Roast Espresso


Caffé Nero vegan friendly list:

  • Coconut Milk

  • Oat Milk

  • Soya Milk

  • Raspberry Purée

  • Espresso

  • Espresso Ristretto

  • Tea - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Herbal Teas

  • Chai Latte - Recipe has changed to a dairy free powder, please double check in stores.

  • Mango & Passionfruit Fruit Booster

  • Raspberry & Italian Peach Fruit Booster

  • Original Expresso & Tonic

  • Ultimate Expresso & Tonic

  • Amaretto Syrup

  • Caramel Syrup

  • Caramel Sugar Free Syrup

  • Cinnamon Syrup

  • Ginger Syrup

  • Gingerbread Syrup

  • Hazelnut Syrup

  • Hazelnut Sugar Free Syrup

  • Pure Cane Sugar

  • Salted Caramel Syrup

  • Strawberry Syrup

  • Vanilla Syrup

  • Vanilla Sugar Free Syrup


Starbucks vegan friendly list:

  • Soya Milk

  • Coconut Milk

  • Almond Milk

  • Oat Milk

  • Caffe Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Vanilla Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Latte Macchiato - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Filter Coffee

  • Espresso

  • Cortado - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Cordusio - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Espresso Macchiato - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Cafe Americano

  • Cappuccino - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Cafe Misto - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Flat White - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Caramel Macchiato - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • English Breakfast Tea - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Earl Grey Tea

  • Hibiscus Blend Tea

  • Emperor's Clouds & Mist Tea

  • Mint Citrus Tea

  • Youth berry Tea

  • Chai Tea

  • Jasmine Tea

  • Mint Herbal Blend Tea

  • Chamomile Tea

  • Matcha Tea Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Rooibos Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Classic Chai Tea Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Cold Brew

  • Cold Brew Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Nitro Cold Brew

  • Iced Caffe Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Cappuccino - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Caffe Americano

  • Peach Citrus Tea

  • Peach Citrus Tea Unsweetened

  • Strawberry Black Tea

  • Strawberry Black Tea Unsweetened

  • Pineapple Green Tea

  • Pineapple Green Tea Unsweetened

  • Iced Shaken Mango Black Tea Lemonade

  • Iced Shaken Black Tea Lemonade

  • Iced Shaken Green Tea Lemonade

  • Iced Shaken Hibiscus Infusion Lemonade

  • Iced Shaken Hibiscus Infusion

  • Coffee Frappuccino - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Espresso Frappuccino - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Strawberry & Lime Frozen Iced Tea

  • Tropical Mango Frozen Iced Tea

  • BlackBerry Mojito Green Tea Lemonade

  • Peach Green Tea Lemonade

  • Vanilla Flavour Syrup

  • Hazelnut Flavour Syrup

  • Caramel Flavour Syrup

  • Simple Syrup

  • Mango Flavour Syrup

  • Coffee Flavour Frappuccino Syrup

  • Coffee Light Frappuccino Syrup

  • Creme Frappuccino Syrup


Pret A Manger vegan friendly list:

  • Soya Milk

  • Rice Coconut Milk

  • Americano Black

  • Cappuccino - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Espresso

  • Filter Black Coffee

  • Flat White - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Mocha - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Matcha Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Turmeric Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Coconut Chai Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Iced White Americano - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Turmeric Iced Latte - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Cold Brew - NO MILK/ VEGAN MILK

  • Berry Blast Smoothie

  • Mango & Pineapple Smoothie

  • Strawberry & Banana Smoothie

  • BMDM Almond Berries

  • BMDM Almond Protein Powder

  • BMDM Super Greens

  • Hot Chocolate - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Hot Chocolate Powder

  • Caramel Shot Syrup

  • Hazelnut Shot Syrup

  • Sugar Cane Syrup

  • Vanilla Shot Syrup

  • Ceylon Breakfast Tea - WITH VEGAN MILKS

  • Earl Grey Tea

  • Peppermint Tea

  • Tropical Green Tea


Please note this information was obtained in July 2019 and may have changed in individual stores without notice, we urge you to check the individual shops allergen information if you are unsure about anything. Please also note that the premade menu tends to be less vegan friendly, but by making your own “DIY” version in store using these ingredients you can essentially get the same drink as advertised. This list is accurate to the best of our ability, if any information has changed please let us know so we can amend this list - if you require information regarding nuts and other allergens we advise you to check before you order your drink.


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