BYO Cup, Reduce Waste and Save Pennies

Here’s a top tip for coffee lovers, eco-wise consumers and wallet watchers alike:

Getting your coffee “To Go” is a sure way to get your caffeine fix, avoid COVID cautions and get the daily step points in. However, you may have not considered the environmental impact that all those disposable cups and lids can have on our plastic swamped planet. Most disposable coffee cups do not get recycled and whilst compostable cups are a great idea, for them to complete their life cycle they must go into a commercial composting system.

Many of our lovely local cafes have introduced a BYO Keep Cup (this can even be a mug!) scheme which means if you provide a vessel, they will fill it with the good stuff and give you a juicy discount for your trouble. Here we have listed some of our favourite venues offering this scheme;


1st place
Family friendly and well placed on York Place, Moksha is perfect to grab one to go, with the family in tow. Get a lovely 30p off when you bring your own cup, and help ensure your kids inherit a healthier planet.
2nd place
Roasting in Kemptown since 2000 and heralded internationally for their excellent roast. Save 30p on your favourite fix in your own cup and walk away happy.
3rd place
Big on ethically and sustainably sourced coffee, Trading Post roast their own beans under the watchful eye of their second generation Master Roaster. This perfectly roasted cup will be 10p cheaper to take away if you come eco-ready.
4th place
Another seaside favourite for water babies of all ages. Lucky beach are helping you help the seas with a 30p saving on BYO cup coffee
5th place
listed as a BRAVO'20 top 20 Cafe, the Flour Pot's five lovely shops are clearly venues you like to stay and indulge in. But if you're only passing through score a 5% discount with your own cup.
6th place
HISBE (How It Should Be) on York Place is a pioneer in minimising waste. Not a coffee shop (but a shop that sells coffee). Be more like HISBE and get a massive 50p off with your own cup. HISBE (How It Should Be) on York Place is a pioneer in minimising waste. Not a coffee shop (but a shop that sells coffee). Be more like HISBE and get a massive 50p off with your own cup.
7th place
No coffee here but lots of great teas and matcha. They also sell a range of ecoffee cups, buy one and they'll fill it for free. Take in your own cup for a drink on the go or container to buy loose-leaf teas to brew at home and get a 10% discount too. Photo credit: Bluebird Tea Co.
8th place
With five bakeries dotted over the city, each with its own open kitchen, a dip into a Real Patisserie can be hard to resist. But even if your willpower is fading, if your cup's in your bag you'll make a 20p saving. Photo credit: Real Patisserie
9th place
Word on the street is that Cafe Rust serves banging coffee. Whilst they don't currently offer a discount for a keep cup, they will give your loyalty card an extra stamp when you provide your own takeaway vessel. Great news for you as you'll get to that freebee twice as fast!
10th place
Not strictly coffee but a belter of a bargain to be bagged at We Love Falafel. Did you know that if you provide your own box for your falafel salad takeaway, they'll reward you with a whopping 10% off your meal? Now you know, ready, set, go!
11th place
The Gardener, on Gardener Street in the North Laine, is the Real Junk Food Project's first permanent café. The Gardener serves on a pay as you feel basis, so the discount you give yourself for bringing your own cup is entirely at your discretion. However they are also part of the international Suspended Coffees scheme; a pay it forward scheme where you can buy someone else to a coffee or even a meal, by making a donation and leaving a note to be cashed in. Again the Real Junk Food Project is "pay as you feel", so any donation can help someone who's struggling, or just for someone who is having a bad day and needs cheering up.