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Introducing New Zealand Artist, Angie Dennis

Angie Dennis is one of our longest standing New Zealand artists, joining the Cuppacoffeecup family in 2012 with her amazing fauna designs.  Her love for drawing shines through in her art which has been described as vibrant, contemporary and bold.  We are grateful that her art can be easily adapted to look great on a Cuppacoffeecup. Angie grew up in the UK and made Auckland, New Zealand her home in 1998.  Since 2002, Angie has been painting professionally but after a number of years completing commission work, Angie became too popular so started exploring a print range, which we are pleased she did! Art was always a passion for Angie and was imbedded in her veins as she comes from an artistic family.  However, upon leaving school, Angie studied zoology and environmental science.  This background gives an insight into her passion for nature and wildlife and preserving the indigenous flora and fauna through her artwork. Angie is always pushing boundaries with her artwork and is inspired by New Zealand and all its offerings, together with podcasts she enjoys listening too about world events. Together with her very obvious love for nature, Angie also has a keen eye for interior design which is what makes her one of New Zealand’s most popular and sort after printmakers. One of the things we love about Angie’s work is that she puts a huge amount of thought, compassion and detail into art.  This is extremely obvious and abundant in her new range, some of which she has generously shared with us, being Unity and Equality. “Without diversity, the natural environment wouldn’t survive.  New...

Introducing New Zealand Artist, Mandy Williams

Mandy Williams, a Tauranga based New Zealand artist, came on board as an artist with Cuppacoffeecup in September 2018. For as long as she can remember, Mandy had a passion for art but did not start creating artworks until after her first child was born.  Her passion then extended to include art and children.  Mandy says “Having children reminded me of the simple things in life that are so special.  Once I had my inspiration it was hard to put my brush down!” She has now been busy creating artworks for the past 15 years evolving this passion for art and children and has been creating original works and commissioned pieces for many families. Mandy’s original artwork allows her the space and confidence to push the boundaries while enabling her the time to work with different mediums and techniques, all creating many different bodies of work. Mandy brought something unique to Cuppacoffeecup when she joined as an artist by sharing her design, Courage & Pride, from her “Indulge” series.  This design offered something different to what was currently available in our range and was lapped up by the many retailers we sell too. “This design is from my latest collection ‘Indulge’.  This cup includes both ‘Pride’ (Girl) and ‘Courage’ (Boy).  These paintings combine a fabulous William Morris Wallpaper in the background of my little Maori Boy and Girl.  Representing the combining of cultures, strong, bold, proud and beautiful.” This “Indulge” series was inspired by indulging her passions of art and children with one of her others, interior design, and allowed Mandy to combine them altogether capturing the hum of...

Meet New Zealand Artist, Greg Straight

How lucky are we to have Greg Straight as one of our Cuppacoffeecup artists.  Greg’s artwork is well known throughout New Zealand and is easily identifiable due to his cool, retro and nostalgic take on all things Kiwi.  He is always busy putting artwork together for many high profile brands and everywhere we look we are treated with an amazing Greg Straight piece of art, whether it be on murals, packaging designs, billboards, magazine covers and, of course, Cuppacoffeecups.   Greg has been providing his amazing artwork for Cuppacoffeecup since 2015 when he produced the ever-popular Pink Fantail design which is still one of our top sellers today.  We are proud to have five Greg Straight designs currently in our range and are always keen for more, as are our customers.   It is no wonder that Greg has become such a popular New Zealand icon in many households around New Zealand.  His artwork encompasses all the “kiwi cool” activities we do within our fantastic Kiwi landscape that make us New Zealanders.  His artwork instantly makes us smile by reminding us of our happy memories from our past of fun summer roadies, bike riding, surfing and just chilling at the classic kiwi Bach.  His ability to bring these memories to life are due to his amazing ability to produce creative and brightly coloured graphics that everyone enjoys and wants to have in their homes or on their Cuppacoffeecup!   Greg trained at the Elam School of Fine Arts where he majored in painting with his tutor who was none other than the renowned New Zealand artist, Dick Frizzell.  He...

To use or not to use reusable cups during Alert Levels 2 and 3

The world is living in varying degrees of Covid-19 levels and there has been much to say by scientists regarding the use of reusable cups.  As New Zealand passed just over 100 days with no community transmission of Covid-19, we were again thrown into turmoil when we were struck with the news that we did in fact, once again, have community transmission within our country.   While New Zealand was starting to get back to some sense of normality and confidence was returning to once again use reusable cups, we were plunged back into heightened Level restrictions from midday on Wednesday, 12 August 2020 – Level 3 for Auckland and Level 2 for the rest of New Zealand.   Overseas, the large Starbucks chains had re-opened its doors and had announced the allowance of reusable cups, as they had devised a way to allow customers to use their own cups in a completely contactless manner.  https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4018771/reusable-coffee-cups-starbucks   Kiwi ingenuity had also taken place during our first Covid-19 lockdown and saw cafes allowing the use of reusable cups as they had fashioned their own ingenious ways of also serving coffee completely contactless.   Below is some information from the Covid-19 Government website.  At the time of collecting this information to share, the Covid-19 Government website page had been last updated on 13 August 2020.   https://covid19.govt.nz/business-work-and-money/business/doing-business-at-alert-level-3/   You can find this information under “Doing business at Alert Level 3” and then “Retail and hospitality”:     While we get through this second wave of Covid-19 cases and some parts of New Zealand are now living within Alert Level 3, your...

Meet Love Lis NZ

We met the lovely Auckland based Lisa Robertson in 2017 and are thrilled we did.  Eight gorgeous Cuppacoffeecup designs later and our working relationship is still going strong, together with the designs. What a journey we have been on.  Lisa has delighted us with birds, bunnies, cats and now the recent perfect addition, Kia Kaha (Stay Strong). Lisa has a passion for bringing our New Zealand native birds alive with acrylics on canvas, but since her establishment as a New Zealand artist in 2014 has adapted her art to meet the needs of her ever growing following around New Zealand and across the world.  Her popularity continues to grow due to her simple, colourful, fun and identifiable style that undoubtedly appeals to all ages. Lisa enjoys being an artist for Cuppacoffeecup as she understands the waste created by takeaway coffee cups.  By being a part of the production of an eco-friendly reusable coffee cup, she feels she is contributing in a small way to the solution of stopping takeaway coffee cups ending up in our landfill.  Lisa also enjoys giving these as gifts herself or heading to the beach with her own! Lisa’s artwork is available in both our 12Oz and 8Oz cup range, all barista friendly, which provides a great choice for the avid coffee drinkers among us. We are excited to be a part of Lisa’s ever evolving journey and we cannot wait to see what she produces next. Thanks Lisa x...

How Cuppacoffeecup was borne.

Where does an idea come from and how does that idea grow into such a successful business venture?  This is the question we posed to Darren Turner, General Manager of Cuppacoffeecup.   The Cuppacoffeecup dream began in 2012.  Darren, along with many entrepreneurial Kiwis, was looking to start his own business.  And like many entrepreneurial Kiwis, he had many ideas.  One of them was to create a reusable, recyclable coffee cup that could replicate the designs that were already on single use cups in cafés.  Like many Kiwis, he enjoyed his daily cup of coffee from his local café and thought there must be a better way to stop all those disposable cups ending up in our landfill – there must be a better sustainable option.   The initial reusable cup idea was to create a simple, but effective, reusable cup that everyone could use, and then create a designer version which could sell for a higher price through cafés.  Darren let his fingers do the walking and started searching online for a product designer, which he found.  The initial concept was quite vague, but the idea was to create a takeaway coffee cup which had the same look and feel as a single use disposable cup.  The idea behind this premise was that if the reusable cup could mirror the look and feel of a disposable cup, then the transition of use to reusable would be easy.   After about six months of toing and froing a working concept had been developed, one which did replicate a disposable cup and allowed the user to feel the warmth of...