28) More than a cup of coffee

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In the 60s, using plastic or Styrofoam cups is not a common sign comparing to the can you see in the picture.  Nobody knew who started this wise and environmental friendly idea.  Using the finished bottom-up milk tin for filling up coffee is a common scene along the street.  Some worker hang the canned.

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The process of making the can useable is easy.  First open the can with a drill-opener, then allow a string to go through the hole of lid and hinge.  Next, fill up the coffee and it’s done.

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The tricky and amazing part of this is to press and slide the tin a little to allow the uneven lid edge to stay closed.  Amazingly, the cover will wedge inward and you carry the canned coffee with the attached string.  You may worry about spillage but after a few practice, you can’t agree more than this ingenius invention.

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Process to enjoy the coffee is similar, pressured the tin and lift up the cover.  The fragrance of the coffee is unleashed together with the smile on your face!  Whatever the beverage is, I bet you will never forget the joy and the ethos behind.

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After you have done with your drink, the most important thing to do is to wedge the lid back to the can, to ensure safety to cleaner who are clearing the rubbish bin.

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Conversely these days, this environmental friendly method is no longer a common way to take away hot beverages as it is regarded not glamorous to some, to carry their drinks in a used can.  Thus, the Styrofoam cups have replaced this tradition quietly.  Before this is completely replaced and left in museum, I better take one before it’s gone with the wind.

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Every single part of this, the string, the sharp cover edges, the sticky milk can, and the caution to carry it along the way home, make up an un-returnable journey with sweet wisdom and a wholesome me!

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24 thoughts on “28) More than a cup of coffee

    Cathy Ulrich said:
    February 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Recycling at its best!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Surprisingly! The taste is just better than others! 🙂

    ninasbreakfast said:
    February 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I had no idea!!!
    Cheers from Mexico!

    Fantelius said:
    February 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    An admirable suggestion for recycling, but if I’m not mistaken the inside of tins are treated with a plastic film to maintain the integrity of the metal. This plastic can have undesirable effects on health. And it’s not environmentally defensible either. A glass jar on the other hand should make a fine beverage holder. A circular strip of leather or cloth could be carried separately to fit around the jar to make it easy to hold.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 3, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks for sharing the consequences behind the tin! I’ll make sure there is no plastic film in the inner side of the tin!
      I mean health is more important than anything! Cheers! 🙂

    Long Life Cats and Dogs said:
    February 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Always great to see different, clever recycling ideas.

    Claire Marie O'Brien said:
    February 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    The earth would last five times as long –
    love it half as much as Sydney Fong.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks for this wonderful praises!
      You are so sweet! 🙂

    YellowCable said:
    February 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Ingenuity!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      And Eco friendly! 🙂

    ladysighs said:
    February 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Be sure to have a band-aid handy because you are going to cut your fingers on that tin can. I know!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 3, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      And your coffee going to have additional ingredient! 🙂

        ladysighs said:
        February 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        I’m not ordering a Bloody Coffee! 😦

        Make mine a Bloody Mary!! 🙂

        Sydney Fong responded:
        February 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

        Haha! Sure, why not?

    CK said:
    February 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I remember this I remember this! Hmmm am I old? 😛

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Malaysia is still keeping many tradition and authentic taste ! This is why I love travel to Malaysia!
      No, you are not old! You are young at heart! You are a great Blogger I believe you will make it one day!
      Oops! Or you are already made it? 🙂

        CK said:
        February 3, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        Me? Hahahaha, still long long way to go,not even close to that. 😛

        Sydney Fong responded:
        February 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm

        You just need people to know you, you are not far….. :0

        CK said:
        February 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm

        Haha, thanks thanks, my writing not good, that why still very far lah, need to polish my skills. 😛

        Sydney Fong responded:
        February 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        you are a humble man!

    debelloculinario said:
    February 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Great idea! I’m still not sure, whether i will use it:-)

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