10 coffee shops with bring-your-own-mug discounts

Maybe we can cut down on these a bit.

Sure, there are lots of things that could save you money or time by making coffee at home — your handheld electric grinders or the decidedly non eco-friendly k-cup craze, etc.. But the act of purchasing a cup of coffee at the local coffee shops can feel more like a ritual than a necessity. Yet ritual doesn’t always overshadow expense. Two things happen when you purchase coffee out: You pay sometimes upwards of $3.50 just to satisfy a caffeine craving; and you end up using a disposable paper cup that adds to a growing waste problem. Despite this, there is a way to be at peace both environmentally and financially while continuing to buy your coffee. Here is a list of coffee shops that offer a discount for bringing in a reusable cup:

Gimme! Coffee
495 Lorimer St., between Grand St & Powers St., Williamsburg
Discount: 35 cents off with your own mug.

Café Pedlar
210 Court St., in Cobble Hill
Discount: 25 cents off drip coffee with your own mug.

Brooklyn Roasting Company
25 Jay St., Dumbo
Discount: The sign up in the shop encourages you to buy their cute, vintage coffee cups stacked in a basket by the register for 25 cents off coffee or cappuccino; however, they also give the same discount if you bring your own travel or office mug.

Red Horse Café
497 6th Ave., between 13th St & 12th St., Park Slope
Discount: 25 cents off drip coffee with your own mug.

Southside Coffee
652 6th Ave., between 18th St & 17th St, Sunset Park
Discount: 25 cents off drip coffee with your own mug.

Cafe Grumpy
193 Meserole Ave., between Newel St & Diamond St., Greenpoint
Discount: 25 cents off with your own mug.

Various Brooklyn locations
Discount: As part of their Green Project, they take 10 cents off beverages when you use your own reusable travel mug.

These shops are slightly vague about their discounts:

Variety Café
368 Graham Ave., between Conselyea St & Skillman Ave., East Williamsburg, Williamsburg – North Side
Discount: They charge you the same price as their drip coffee refill.

Champion Coffee
1108 Manhattan Ave., between Dupont St & Clay St., Greenpoint
Discount: Their hot coffee is espresso-based. The shop only offers a discount for iced coffee depending on the size of travel mug. For example, a small iced coffee is $2.75 but with a reusable cup of an equivalent size, the charge is $2.25 which is the price of a small hot coffee.

1112 Cortelyou Road
Discount: 30 cents off but ONLY If you have a cup with the Qathra logo (which they are currently no longer offering for purchase)

Second Stop Cafe
524 Lorimer St., between Powers St & Ainslie St., Williamsburg
Discount: After speaking to the owner, Paul, who mentioned the shop is currently closed for reconstruction, he answered thoughtfully that a discount for bringing a reusable mug seems like a “good idea” and they “may start”. So, if you frequent this coffee shop, remind him of this good idea!

Did we miss any? Put them in the comments!

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7 Comment

  • I just remembered Bittersweet cafe on Dekalb in Fort Greene does it too. Not sure how much it is but I think it’s in the 25-50 cent range.

  • Dizzys North Slope (5th and President). Coffee — iced or hot — is a MERE $1 if you bring our own take-out cup. “You’re the only person who does this here,” the guy at the counter told me. “At the other store [9th St, 8th Ave], everyone does.”

    I think 3 Pommes, 5th Ave and Garfield gives you a little discount, too.

  • late to the party here, but we at Little Zelda on Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights do it too! 25 cents off any drink, and usually a compliment for your thoughtfulness.

  • Dub Pies on 15th & Prospect Park West – 25 cents off!

  • Lunchbox in Greenpoint (Norman and Ekford) does it at the refill price of ONE BUCK if you bring your own mug!

  • The Mug Cafe
    5811 4th ave brooklyn ny 11220
    25cents off drip coffee with own mug