Manchester City Offers ‘Edible Coffee Cups’ as Part of Food and Beverage Overhaul

Manchester City fans will have an unusual new snack option when they return to Etihad Stadium for their first Premier League home game of the 2021-22 season. Manchester City now offers “edible coffee cups” to its fans as part of food and beverage overhaul.

The introduction of these edible coffee cups is part of an initiative to lessen their carbon footprint and environmental waste by the football club.

Manchester City Now Offers 'Edible Coffee Cups' to Soccer Fans

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The football club said in a statement on their official website;

Alongside new food and beverage offerings, City are also introducing 100% recyclable and zero plastic beer cups and will trial an ‘edible coffee cup’ this season.

They are also introducing 100 percent recyclable and zero plastic beer cups as part of Manchester City’s commitment to cut down on plastic waste with the club aiming to eliminate all single-use plastics at the    stadium. As for the edible coffee cup, Manchester City have confirmed that fans will also have the option to place the cups into composting waste streams, if preferred.

The 220-milliliter (7.4 fluid ounce) cups, which are vessels for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, are made of wafer that will remain crispy for at least half the duration of the game and are leak-proof for up to 12 hours. To prevent the bottom of the edible cup from touching any questionable surfaces, the lower half of the cup is wrapped in a recycled paper label that can also be recycled after the cup has been eaten.

BioBite, a two-year-old Scotland-based company launched by Samuel Hvizd and Lyubomir Lambie, students at the University of Aberdeen, has created these edible cups as a way to offer a “tasty, crunchy and a fully organic alternative to all disposable cups.”

Manchester City Now Offers 'Edible Coffee Cups' to Soccer Fans

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The wafer contains no sugar, wax, or artificial coatings and is comprised of seven natural, vegan ingredients (mainly wheat flour, oat bran and water). Thanks to a pressure heat treatment process, these cups can withstand impressive temperatures of up to 85 degrees Celsius or 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

The cups taste like a thin cookie dunked in coffee and contain only around 100 calories. Even if people prefer not to eat the cup, the club ensures that the cups can be disposed of at the on-site compostable waste stream, which the club uses to create organic compost as part of its peat-free commitments.

Manchester City Now Offers 'Edible Coffee Cups' to Soccer Fans

Image: BioBite

BioBite’s overarching goal is to subsequently replace unsustainable paper and plastic solutions currently used in the food and beverage industry. More of such sustainable and eco-friendly solutions to single-use plastics can help reduce the plastic waste tremendously.

Via: Fast Company

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