A recent study of coffee lids found that 17% – almost 1 in 5 – were contaminated with bacteria found only in fecal matter. Wow.
Clean Coffee was founded around a central idea: that it is time for disposable coffee lids to be improved. Putting your mouth on a contaminated surface is the easiest way to get sick, and it happens millions of times a day. But it doesn’t have to…
With our lid, now when you get a cup of coffee or tea to go, you simply peel off the protective barrier and drink, knowing that you’re putting your mouth on a clean surface. Knowing that you won’t get sick simply from enjoying your coffee.
Among other great benefits, many health codes actually require this protection for single-service items, and our lids ensure compliance. Plus, they provide a better experience for everyone. Quality control, customer confidence, no liability. Don’t you think it’s time for clean coffee? (Manufacturers, click here to learn more.)
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Entrepreneur and Clean Coffee founder Bill Levey worked in restaurants when he was younger, and was trained in food service issues. While working as a lawyer, every morning on the way to work, Bill would get a cup of coffee. Invariably, he would see people apply the lid with different styles, but nearly all of them put their hands all over his lid, sometimes palming it or wiping it around the rim to make sure it was sealed. Especially in the winter, many of the baristas were sniffly, and/or were handling money, and yet they were touching the exact area where customers put their mouths, even “palming” the lid as they handed it to him. Straws were wrapped, and tongs were used to handle food, but not the coffee lids….it just didn’t make sense.
It was no one’s fault. Surely, some are trained not to touch that area, or were aware of the issue, but coffee shops are busy. By design, the lid was nearly impossible to apply without touching the drinking area. So, sometime in 2007, drawing on his background in food service and law, one day while eating a salad at his desk, peeling away the top to open his dressing, Bill realized that the solution was actually very simple – if we add a piece of removable material to coffee lids when manufactured, we can peel that piece off and know that the drinking area is clean. So simple! It could be adapted to any lid on the market. And just like the cover on salad dressing, cream cheese, or like a wrapped straw, you should know that whatever you’re putting your mouth on is clean!
After extensive research, development and favorable initial feedback, Bill applied for a utility patent. The patented concept accomplishes the objective by using the least amount of material possible, so it’s as environmentally friendly as possible. By applying a food grade adhesive, the piece can be easily removed without leaving residue. It keeps coffee from spilling prior to removal too! And as an added bonus, it can be branded or used for advertising, coupons, game pieces, etc.
Clean Coffee’s goal is to redefine the industry standard for coffee lids.
Remember those vertical straw dispensers at diners? Where you would pull the top up and as all the straws would splay out, you would pick yours? (If you’re young enough, you probably don’t…there’s a reason for that). Well, eventually we realized that it was unsanitary for everyone to touch every straw, and that problem was fixed. So, when was the last time you saw one of those? Exactly. Say goodbye to the coffee lids you used to know.
CEO/Founder, Clean Coffee