NYC “We Are Happy To Serve You” Coffee Cup
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks worldwide and the population of North America comprises the largest consumer group of all. Legend has it that Captain John Smith, founder of the Jamestown Colony in 1607, was the first to introduce coffee to North America. Coffee was well established as the favorite drink of inhabitants of NYC when Greek immigrants arrived in the early 1800s. The Greek culture made significant contributions to the New York coffee habit by the addition of Greek diners and pushcarts, all serving their delicious coffee. Take-out coffee was made readily available on nearly every street corner.
In 1963 the Sherri Cup Company of Kensington, CT created a paper cup with a Greek motif, marketed directly at Greek coffee vendors. The blue and white color scheme was based on the colors of the Greek flag, while Greek-style lettering spelled out “We Are Happy to Serve You”. The iconic Greek Key pattern encircles the top and bottom of the cup while Greek-style urns make an appearance as well. The motif is referred to as the “Anthora” design.
The cups not only caught on quickly, but have become so symbolic of New York City life that they have been recreated in a ceramic version. Now a 10-ounce reusable cup is available that looks exactly like the original paper version. The disposable cups have appeared in numerous television shows and movies and are seen everyday in the hands of Manhattanites. Now you can enjoy a hot cup of your favorite brewed coffee at home or in the office in one of these classic cups and enjoy a long-standing New York tradition. And with free gift-wrapping, these cups make great gifts.