The idea arose at the university when 22-year-old Newton College students Zuzana Zvěřová and Miroslav Myrončuk began to notice how many disposable plastic or paper cups they consumed per day. So start thinking of an alternative that everyone could use.
“We thought about the biggest motivation for people to save the planet. Then we said to ourselves that people often have a biscuit with their coffee. And what is better motivation than just food, “the co-author of the Jedlý kelímek project, Zuzana Zvěřová, remains.
With his classmate Miroslav Myrončuk, he came up with the Drink and Eat concept. After more than a year of searching for and testing the right ingredients, they have finally created an ideal recipe for making dough cups that can be eaten after use.
It took students about a year and a half to create a unique recipe for making dough cups.
“We have a lot of trial and error, we created all possible dough combinations at home. We tried candy dough, muffin dough, pancake dough, everything possible. Then we had to connect them to VÚPP (Food Research Institute Prague) and CTU in Prague, where they help us with both the development of the recipe and the machine, “recalls Zvěřová.
The uniqueness of the cups is mainly that it retains even hot drinks. “The crucible can handle both cold and hot, so you can also pour coffee or tea into it. It is ideal to eat it within 45 minutes, when it is freshly crispy. But you can leave a hot drink in it for 12 hours and nothing will happen to the cup, “the result was co-author Myrončuk.
The edible cup will keep the hot drink for more than 12 hours.
Sweet for coffee, salty for beer
“Our goal is for everyone to have an alternative, whether they want to have an edible cup in the cafe or want coffee from a plastic cup. In order for everyone to have a chance, it means that there were as many more allergens as possible, so that the price was as low as possible and so that our cups were all over the world, ”the result of Zvěřová.
The edible cups are one of the 100% natural ingredients that are purely vegan. There are 110 ml cups in production, but in the future students will also prepare larger ones. It is also planned to create different flavors – sweet as a dessert with coffee, salty with beer, for example. The selling price of one cup is around 7 crowns.
“Our cup is mostly used in the cafe industry, we also offer it to catering companies, where there is a large sale of disposable consumer goods,” mentions Miroslav Myrončuk.
The authors’ original plan to break through the cups at festivals was thwarted by the coronavirus crisis, but they are already used in several cafés in the Czech Republic. For example, people will get coffee with them in Hradec Králové.