By Andy Levine
Greek-Motif Coffee Cups
Greek-motif take-out coffee cups are a familiar sight on the streets of New York.
These cups are generally free with a purchase of any hot beverage at most NYC delis, diners and bodegas and contain only Newtonian (gravity-style or drip) coffees. Don't expect to order a Fultonian (steamed) and get your free Greek-motif cup. Most Fultonian joints print their own cups. As a general rule, it is good to stay clear of these places.
Why the Greek motif? This question is answered pretty well by Jose Martinez.
A broad survey of these cups reveals a healthy range in size, color, graphics and text. Upon close analysis a few contiguous elements are apparent:
The examples below were collected in an unscientific manner. Our hope is to provide only a cursory visual reference. In no way does this sample represent a complete archive of styles and sizes. Feel free to write if you discover a new species or artifact. Click on a cup to learn more about it!