Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stop spilling coffee on your hand and shirt with these simple steps.

Has this ever happened to you?

It's Monday morning, you're tired and groggy, your eyes are burning and you wished the weekend was longer. You struggle towards work and need a caffeine boost before starting the day. You head in to your local coffee shop and order a triple shot grande wet latte to go, and walk the remaining 100m to work. After about 50m your hand is being scalded with molten coffee drips and by the time you get to work your shirt sleeve has drank more of your coffee than you have. To top it off as you blissfully sip your way through heaven you spill a few drips on your freshly ironed work shirt.

Well, after going through a few of these horrendous experiences I noticed a flaw in the 'take away' coffee cup. But don't fear, I've discovered a couple handy tips to ensure you make it to work coffee free and enjoy your triple shot grande wet latte without spilling any of it:

  • Once you collect your coffee from the counter head over to the milk and sugar counter and remove the lid.
  • If the cup is too full, you're going to have problems no matter what you do. If you have too much coffee either drink some of it or, if you don't like scalding your tongue, you can pour some in the trash (sacrilege some might say).
  • Next put the lid back on but here's the important part: make sure when you put the plastic lid back on the cup that the vertical seam on the paper cup is at the back of the plastic lid and nowhere near the 'drinking hole'. If the seam is near the drinking hole then every time you take a sip the seam will absorb some coffee and begin to drip from the rim.

So there you have it, a couple simple tips to ensure you remain looking your best at work and not covered in coffee stains. If I can save just one shirt from such a horrible fate, then it has been worth it. Let me know if you find this tip helpful or if you have any other handy tips. Also, I can add a video if the description above is not clear, again let me know in the comments section below.

Happy drinking.


  1. Very useful tips! I hate it when I spill coffee.
    Stopping by from 20sb! :)

  2. haha, nice! I've never thought about the seam before. Something to keep in mind.

    (found you on 20sb)

  3. I always wondered, why my coffee would drip. The veil has been lifted from my eyes. haha.

  4. Thanks for your comments. Glad to see I've helped a few more souls out there. Spread the word... Save the shirts!

  5. I've started taking a travel mug with me when I but coffee on my way to work, so I don't usually have this problem. Unless, in my half asleep gracefulness (is that even a word?), I forget to put the lid back on properly, then I end up spilling everywhere.


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