Bring Back Your Reusable Cup At These Cafes Using The Contactless Coffee Method

By Rick Stephens
27th May 2020

A KeepCup on a bench with the lid off, filled with a latte.

It took a while, but Australia was almost at a point where hitting your local coffee joint without a reusable cup would raise eyebrows. It was another notch the sustainability belt for our country, but then the pause button was hit on life as we know it, and everyone’s local reverted back to single-use coffee cups in a bid to minimise the spread of COVID-19. 

Though we can appreciate baristas might be concerned about accepting reusable cups from hundreds of people each week, it turns out, plenty of state and territory health departments have confirmed there’s little benefit to the single-use cup. That’s where the contactless coffee method comes in, and it’s being used by 5,000 Responsible Cafes around Australia. 

Here are the top picks in and around Melbourne getting involved:

Archie’s All Day 


It was a sad day for Gertrude Street when Archie’s All Day made the tough decision to temporarily shut shop, but locals and visitors to one of Melbourne’s most-loved brunch spots can rejoice in the fact that they’re back open for take-away, and they’re accepting reusable cups from Monday 1 June.

Do yourself a favour and grab yourself a rockling burger—it’s one of the best in the biz. 

Smith & Deli


Shannon Martinez’s famed vegan takeaway haunt of the north is in operation serving up take-home meals, plant-based deli goods and of course, coffee. Along with a slew of other northside cafes, Smith & Deli has got on board with the Responsible Cafes movement and will be slinging coffee in your reusable mug from Monday 1 June. 

Terror Twilight


Who knew the healthy stuff could taste so damn good? Collingwood’s Terror Twilight focuses on food the nourishes the body and soul, and the menu has built quite the rep around Melbourne in the past while. 

Right now, they’re doing $10 takeaway avo on toast with a coffee, and you can take it away in your reusable mug—nice one. 



Pachamama is a health food store, a sustainable cafe and a holistic wellness centre, so it makes sense that they’re getting involved with Responsible Cafes. They do coffee here, but taking home one of their epic smoothies in your own cup will pair damn well with the fruit and veg you just collected in your reusable shopping bag. 

Paper Tiger Espresso

Melbourne CBD

One of the authorities in speciality coffee in Melbourne CBD, Paper Tiger Espresso know a thing or two about batch brews, aeropress and pour over. The doors open at 7am for all the early risers in the city, and yep, you guessed it, they’ll accept your reusable mug.


St Kilda

Galleon is a certified veteran of the cafe scene here in Melbourne, and for good reason. The menu is a revolving door here, but right now, there’s plenty on offer here like the zucchini and goats cheese slice, and the mini spinach and halloumi pies. Get with a coffee in your reusable cup from Monday 1 June.

Find out which other cafes are doing their bit on the Responsible Cafes website.

Check out Melbourne's best coffee here.

Image credit: supplied

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