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To Keep cup or not to Keep cup

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A few years ago, a beautiful friend of mine passed away and at his funeral we made a pledge to be “good to the earth”. He was a beautiful man and loved this earth and all it has to offer so much. This pledge is what inspired me to write this for you.

Now let me tell you about the Keep Cup.

Initially I bought my cup, because I just loved the look of it. I have had keep cups before, but this one was Glass and it looked sexy. Can you say that about a cup???

It’s made from fully tempered soda lime glass, and this particular one “KeepCup Brew Cork Edition” features a natural cork band.


The cork provides a nice smooth finish style wise and the whole thing fits in my hand well. Its made in Portugal, using waste products from wine cork manufacturers.

According to the website here are the specs:

– Available in 8oz, 12oz and 16oz. (I purchased the 16oz)
– Its Customisable.
– Dishwasher safe on the top shelf.
– Lid off can be heated to 110 degrees.
– Made from toughened soda lime glass – not unbreakable, but surprisingly durable.
– Assembled from four parts. Designed to be taken apart for thorough cleaning.
– The cork band is a natural product, recyclable and biodegradable at end of life, put it in the compost.
– Plastic and glass – cup, lid and plug recyclable at end of life.
– One year warranty on defects and faults.
– Replacement parts can be purchased.

They recommend that you do not remove the band, even for washing. Hand wash and let the band dry on the glass


Here is what I think:

  1. Keep cups are fantastic due to the many sizes you can find (we have bambini ones for our kids). You can have a tiny espresso or a huge latte; it all depends on what kind of start you have had to your day.
  2. This particular range being glass means it is unlikely to retain any residue-smell as its not plastic.
  3. Having a plastic lid means its perfect to take in your car and not worry about accidental splashing. Of course you can’t carry it in a bag!
  4. Another feature on the lid of the “ KeepCup Brew Limited Edition Cork” that isn’t on the other KeepCups in our house, is a lip on the bottom part of the lid that enables it to be pulled off easily. Trust me this makes a world of difference, especially if you are rushing to go to work. (you can see this lip on the above image on the LHS of the light colour lid)
  5. Some of the plastic lids have either a triangular “breather hole” or a little square one. I prefer the triangular shape, not a big deal though.
  6. It is not a double-walled cup, so it gets quite hot. Yes you can hold it from the cork band, but if its hot, which is what most people want, you will have to be careful.
  7. The packaging of this Keep cup is very stylish indeed. You really do feel that you are being good to the earth due to all the well written information in the little foldout inside your cup.
  8. Its psychologically better than using a disposable cup as you feel you are doing your bit to save the earth. Some coffee shops even offer you a discount if you bring your own cup. Bonus!
  9. The cork is claimed to be sustainably sourced, and the Polypropylene lid and fully tempered soda lime glass are 100% recyclable. All wonderful things.
  10. The cup has a cork band, which means you cant put it in the dishwasher ( the lid however is obviously ok to put in there).
  11. One of the negatives for me however is that it didnt pass the lipstick test. I am forced to wear my lipstick after I have finished my drink, so that I dont stain the lid.
  12. I also find that I really have to drink my coffees fast as they get cold too quickly.

As usual I have enjoyed doing this review for you. I will do my best to keep using my cup and being good to the earth.

Much love to all.


  1. Amy

    They look very stylish!

    September 21, 2016
  2. A very insightful review. We have several plastic keep cups at home which I loved to use on my morning commutes when I was in Year 12. I think you have motivated me to go out and purchase the glass model however, as my morning tea needs style! As always, a great post from UrbanTutu!

    September 22, 2016
    • Wow, I am so glad you enjoyed reading this. Enjoy the new cup too. Thank you for the wonderful comment. 🤗

      September 22, 2016
  3. I love that you are trying to be good to the earth, I feel that it is so important to consider our environment! I featured one of these glass Keep Cups on my spring wishlist, I think they are gorgeous!

    Kez |

    September 22, 2016
    • You made my day lovely, just from your comment. Have a beautiful day.

      September 22, 2016
  4. fiona

    I enjoyed your review very much and I’m so glad you mentioned your love and respect to the earth your review is very encouraging
    and educational. Thank you so much ❤

    September 22, 2016
    • Thank you Fiona for your beautiful words. Sending hugs back to you.

      September 22, 2016
  5. What a beautifull and stylish way to support your friend and the earth.

    September 26, 2016
    • Thank you for your beautiful comment.

      September 27, 2016
  6. Jean Muthukumaraswamy
    Jean Muthukumaraswamy

    Oh Julie! You’ve made my heart swell! I’m so proud of you.. and know that Gavin would be too. Thank you for keeping him in your heart by doing your bit for the planet.
    And by the way, I have this very Keep Cup, and love it too ☺️
    Lots of love to you! ❤️

    October 14, 2016
    • Thank you gorgeous girl. We loved him dearly and will remember him forever. And I know you know that we love you millions too😊

      October 14, 2016

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