Many of our readers are in the UL gear crowd – only carrying what they need and of the type to think out of the box. (Yeah, we love that!) So I am always one to have my eyes open for lightweight (and frugal) ways to make my trail kitchen better.
I was in Starbuck’s the other day when I had a thought cross my mind.
They have two styles of tiny cups. The plastic one is roughly 5 1/3 Tablespoon volume, which 1/3 of a cup. The paper one is 6 Tablespoons, which would be 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp volume. Both weigh the same, 0.2 of an ounce.
Most espresso shops will have a paper cup in this volume – they are for holding two shots of espresso.
Treated with care these little cups will work great as a UL measuring cup. Paper for hot, plastic for cold. With plastic ones you can mark the outside with a Sharpie® marker if desired for Tablespoons and see through for measuring.
PS: If you ask really nicely most shops will give you a cup for free. As with anything, don’t be greedy and don’t be a jerk. And tip your barista! 😉