January 26, 2016
As Foobooz reports, CUPS will be available in the area starting early next month. Users pay in advance for a certain number of cups which they then order at their local cafe. They hand their phone to the cashier, who punches in a code, and they're on their way.
You can choose from a Basic plan, for hot/iced coffee and tea, or the All Drinks plan for specialty beverages.
As Kelly Alderfer explains,
For both plans, you can choose to either pre-pay for five cups at $11 for Basic and $18 for All Drinks, fifteen cups (discounted in honor of the launch) at $15 for basic and $30 for All Drinks, or you can pay a flat monthly rate for an unlimited amount of drinks at $90 for Basic and $120 for All Drinks.
CUPS first launches in Philly at Square One, Green Street Coffee Roasters, Bodhi, and OCF cafes.
Correction: This article previously stated that the CUPS app was used to order drinks & bypass the line. Instead, users order their coffee regularly, at the cafe, and just pay with the app. Prepaying for the drinks means users get a bulk discount, essentially. Yes, we think it's way less cool, too.