Posted March 03, 2019 07:11:07In a world where plastic barrels are often seen as the ultimate anti-battery, the idea of a reusable plastic barrel seems like an obvious fit.
It is a concept that has been in development for a while, with a few of the world’s largest retailers including Walmart, Sainsbury’s and Aldi recently working on their own versions of the barrel, which can be stored in plastic bags or sealed with a lid.
But they have yet to launch their own version of the idea.
The new barrel mug is the brainchild of the makers of the Bodega Barista, an all-purpose coffee mug that can be made using the latest in brewing technology.
“We’re always talking about reusable coffee mugs, we’re always thinking about reusable mugs,” says Bodegabia founder Michael Laidlaw.
“The idea of using this kind of plastic barrel to store a coffee mug was something we wanted to try, and it was very hard to find something that was going to be really strong and durable enough for use as a coffee mug.”
Laidlaw says the concept came to him when he was in the kitchen with his family, preparing to make their Thanksgiving meal for a group of friends.
“The kids had this big coffee mug, and they were having a big laugh, but I was having a hard time finding something that I could put in the bottom of the mug,” he says.
“So I said, ‘I’m going to take a look at this idea and see what kind of impact it could have’.”
The result is a mug that is about as strong as it gets.
It’s made from a stainless steel alloy that is more than 100 times stronger than a normal mug.
Laidaw says he first heard about the idea when he saw an article in the New York Times about the success of a barrel coffee mug at a New York City cafe.
It quickly became the talk of the town, and Bodegas Barista was born.
“I started thinking about this idea a little bit, and then I had a conversation with one of the co-founders of the company, and we decided to make the barrel mug,” Laidaw explains.
“That was the start of this journey.”
The barrel mug was first created for the barista to store in the coffee mug’s top lid, but after the company launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its production, Laidaws says the idea became a reality.
“It’s a little more complex than just making a cup, it’s more about getting the mug into a coffee bag,” he explains.
“You can store the mug in the top lid and you can put it in the cup, but there’s not really a cup in there.
The idea is that you can just slide the mug from one side to the other, and that makes it a little easier to use.”
The company’s prototype coffee mug is currently available in two sizes: a normal size and a small mug, with the large mug also being available in stainless steel and aluminum.
The mug is priced at $10 for the regular size and $15 for the small size.
The Bodeganis are still finalising the details of the design and production of the final product, but the first batch of barrels will be available in October.