If you are doing retail trade, besides pricing inquiry, this will be a very frequently asked question from our customers: How to choose a perfect-suitable coffee paper cup?

Almost everyone enjoys coffee! But, aside from the enjoyment that comes with each sip of coffee, have you ever paid attention to the cup in which it is served?

If you ask any customer sitting in a coffee shop or restaurant about the various styles or sizes of disposable paper cups they are familiar with, I bet they can only name two or three.

If you are doing retail trade, besides pricing inquiry, this will be a very frequently asked question from our customers: How to choose a perfect-suitable coffee paper cup?

If you are ready to operate a restaurant, coffee shop, or juice bar or are a bit stumped on choosing the perfect-sized and market-best sale type for your catering wholesale business, then you’ve come to the right place today, the right disposable coffee cups are essential for the success of your coffee shop. Here is an ultimate guide for choosing the right disposable coffee paper cup, From sizes to materials, custom designs and more, we’ve explained everything you need to know about coffee cups below, helping you put together all of the cups and other essentials required to run a successful coffee shop or wholesale business.


Disposable Coffee Cup Sizes

Based on different beverage packaging requirements, paper cups come in a very wide variety of sizes or volumes, or capacities. Usually, Small cups designed for single servings of fresh espresso to large cups designed for large lattes, Americanos, cappuccinos, and other water or milk-based coffee beverages are available.

1 oz=1 Ounce≈ 30 ML

3 oz cup, the smallest size cup, this tiny cup is usually used as a tasting cup at supermarkets, When a new beverage product is introduced to the market, it is often necessary to let customers taste it first.

4 oz cup is an espresso shot only; you’d never serve tea or regular coffee in this size. It’s also extremely popular with companies serving samples of their products.

5 oz paper cup is generally purchased for serving a dentist mouthwash, Medi-base (MEDICOM MEDIPROS) products used to issue a measured amount of liquid (water or oral disinfectant) for rinsing the teeth patient’s mouth, really great disposable cup for patient use.

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6 oz paper cup is very popular in middle-east countries as a quick hot red tea cup when Muslims begin annual hajj rituals.

7oz paper cups, generally purchased for serving the increasingly popular “flat white”. Some more specialized artisan coffee houses have also taken to using this size in place of the 8oz cup too.

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8 oz-A paper cups: regular and the most common sizes coffee size in the world, the go-to size for a lot of customers, it’s generally classed as either a “small” or a “regular” in the coffee-to-go shop.8oz-A coffee cups are the industry standard for small coffee servings and are designed for small to medium-sized hot coffee beverages. If you offer small, medium, and large sizes, these cups are likely to be your “small” option.

8 oz-B paper cups: it is popular in the Australian market, with 90mm on the top rim of the cup, (but 7mm shorter than 8oz-A), it can be covered with the same lid as 12 or 16 oz paper cup to fit.


9 oz paper cups: it is named by middle-east markets like KSA, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, and Tunisia, actually is very close to the capacity of 8oz, just with a higher height but a small top rim on the cup.

10oz paper cups: designed to fit under the nozzle of automatic coffee machines, these cups comfortably hold 10oz, with a maximum capacity of just under 12oz. This is a typical medium / regular takeaway coffee size.

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12 oz paper cups are medium in size, making them an excellent option for your mid-sized serving. These cups have slightly more space than our 8oz coffee cups, making them a great upsell option.

These two cup sizes differ slightly in design and dimensions. The 10 oz cups are shorter, with a slightly wider circumference. The 12 oz cups have a slightly slimmer, taller design that’s ideal for lattes, cappuccinos, and other drinks with plenty of milk foam.

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16oz paper cups: the largest mainstream cup size you’ll come across; it has the same diameter as a 12 oz cup but is much taller. A coffee chain will typically use fewer of these than the more common 8 or 12 oz sizes.

Do you want to provide your customers with a very large serving size? Then stock up on our 16 and 20 oz disposable coffee cups, which are ideal for “large” and “extra large” serving sizes.

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These large disposable cups are great as optional upsells for your customers who really need a large jolt of caffeine in the morning, as well as for people who prefer their coffee on the large side, at more than double the size of a standard 8 oz cup of coffee.

Both of these disposable cups are tall and slim, with a circumference similar to many of our smaller coffee cups. This means that, despite their large capacity, they can easily fit inside most vehicle cup holders for added convenience.


New materials for disposable cups are entering the market as the world awakens to the importance of sustainability. The following is a list of the most commonly used terms by manufacturers. The most “green” option is at the top of the list, with the least eco-friendly option offering some sustainability features. Although one small cup of coffee may seem benign, these are a contributor to landfills across the country. That’s why we pride ourselves on selling compostable coffee cups.

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Recyclable products are common, PECOFFEE TO GO lined paper cups, but almost anything can now be recycled; it just depends on the cost and processes involved. The government has tasked major coffee chains with increasing the number of cups recycled.


A biodegradable cup can be naturally broken down and absorbed back into the ecosystem by microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi. These are the most “eco-friendly” or “green” cups because they are made of natural materials.


These cups can be composted at the same rate as paper without releasing harmful toxins into the environment. Because they are made of man-made materials, they are not the same as biodegradable cups.

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Degradable cups cannot degrade naturally, but they can be reduced to non-harmful elements via chemical reaction intervention. Water, carbon dioxide, and biomass are produced as a result of decomposition.


Another consideration is the type of cup required to serve your beverages, as well as what your customers expect.


Double-sides lining PE paper cup, the thinnest grade cup used primarily for cold drinks where the risk of burning the customer’s hand is at a minimum.

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Single-side lining PLA paper cups are the most cost-effective way to serve hot beverages. A heavier-weight material insulates the liquid and keeps the hand cooler.

If your coffee shop offers both hot and cold coffee beverages, you’ll want to have a mix of double-sided lining paper cups, which can safely hold hot beverages without warping or weakening, and RPET plastic cups, which are optimal for cold beverages.

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Used to keep hot beverages hot and hands cool. An insulating layer was created by joining two layers of walls.


A premium cup with sealed pockets of air created by a corrugated layer for ultimate hot beverage insulation.

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Order Coffee Cups and Other Supplies for Your Coffee Shop

Are you looking for a reliable disposable cup supplier for your café or restaurant? We’re here to assist you. We supply disposable cups, utensils, and other essentials to a wide range of food and beverage businesses, from small cafés to large chains.

View our café supplies online for more information. You can also contact us to talk with a member of our team and request a quote for your company.

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Damon Z.

Damon Z.

Damon is the one of the co-founder of Get Bio Pak and sales Manager. He has over 11 years of experience in the hospitality packaging industry, and has helped his clients grow their businesses through fruiteffective marketing strategies and cost saving solutions. Damon is passionate about helping his clients succeed, and takes pride in his work. When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and enjoys travelling.

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