One woman’s reaction to a “coffee trend” she noticed in New York City has prompted input from a Filipino American creator.
“Just went to a coffee shop and they hand me this,” Kate says while holding a plastic pouch of coffee à la Capri Sun. “Respectfully, coffee shops wrap it up…When I say I need my coffee in an IV bag. Not what I meant.”
“But thank you,” she adds.
‘I feel like I’d be so much more inclined to finish it’
Avid coffee drinkers have weighed in on 787’s vessel of choice in Kate’s comment section. While many seem equally confused by it, others believe receiving coffee in a bag would enhance their chances of actually finishing it.
“I love that lol I feel like I’d be so much more inclined to finish it,” @abigailbloomer commented.
Nikki (@baniknik3), a 24-year-old Filipino American TikTok creator who developed a following, in part, thanks to her comedic and relatable Filipino-related content, stitched her response to Kate’s coffee-in-a-bag video.
“If you’re Filipino you know what I’m gonna say right now,” she says. “I’m not even gonna say it. Read my mind right now. If you’re Filipino, you know what’s in my brain right now.”
“Coke in the to go bag w the straw,” @beeskuhnees commented on Nikki’s video.
“Soda tastes soooo much better in a bag i swear” @waffilia also replied.
While the idea of drinking coffee out of a bag may seem peculiar to some American coffee consumers, this is far from atypical in countries like the Philippines and Mexico, for instance, in part, due to their low cost in comparison to plastic or paper cups.
“Unsurprisingly, cost is a chief driver in the proliferation of bagged drinks: Plastic bags are generally cheaper than heavy-duty plastic containers or paper cups, and in some cases serve as a replacement vessel for plastic and glass bottles,” reported Eater. “In countries like El Salvador and the Philippines, where glass bottled drinks are more common, customers often don’t want to pay extra for a bottle deposit; instead, vendors hold onto bottles to trade in to the manufacturer for reuse, and pour the bottled beverage into a bag.”
While perhaps more cost effective and certainly nostalgic for some, serving drinks in bags would seem to exacerbate the Philippines’ ongoing problem with plastic pollution. On July, 28, 2021, the country’s House of Representatives was reported to have unanimously voted to “regulate the production of single-use plastics,” per the Inquirer, in an effort to eliminate the use of non-compostable plastic products like sachets.
In Vietnam, according to one reddit user, shop owners might sell drinks in bags because they want to recycle the bottles and turn a profit for themselves. Pouring drinks into bags gives vendors the option to reuse the bottles for their own needs.
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