We are happy to serve you…something useful.

dievca remembers her Dad getting a “to go” coffee at  various restaurants and they came in a paper cup with greek designs on it.

The “Anthora” paper cup designed in 1963, features Greek motifs and two shields on which are written “WE ARE HAPPY TO SERVE YOU”. Millions of these cups had fed the caffeine addictions of New Yorkers during all those years. The sheer number of them coupled with their forty-year history has given the cup icon status along with the yellow taxis and the Statue of Liberty.

We weren’t in NYC, but apparently the coffee cups could be found west of I-95…

Here is a great piece about the design of the cup when the designer, Leslie Buck, passed away in 2010.

Photo: dievca 01/2019 NYC

In the photo above, dievca held her ceramic version of the Anthora cup up against a rainy backdrop on Sunday morning. The temperature dropped from 46 F (7.78 C) to 12 F (-11 C) this Monday morning and then lower. Welcome to New York City weather.

Anyways, as something useful,  the ceramic version of the Anthora cup never fails to make dievca smile – it reminds her of her childhood and, in her submission, she is happy to serve you.
Plus,

  • They stack well.
  • The cups fit into your hand comfortably.
  • It can be washed in the dishwasher (No, dievca’s dishwasher hasn’t been replaced, yet.)
  • They are microwave safe for reheating your coffee.
  • It’s been about 10 years for dievca’s cups and they are holding up well.
  • Click the photo to purchase

We (the Royal We) are happy to serve you — XO

A side note: 

The paper version of the Anthora cup had sales top out at 500 million cups in 1994. Twelve years later, it was discontinued as a stock item as popular coffee-house franchises began replacing diners as the take-out morning stop for coffee lovers.

Due to numerous requests from restaurant owners and distributors, Dart Container is bringing back the Anthora cup in 8 oz. and 10 oz. sizes in New York City and some northeastern states.