How Many Grams a Cup Weighs – paper, plastic, ceramic, glass cups

We all grow up using cups for taking beverages. We covered previously but ever wondered how a cup itself weighs? Interestingly, many people never think of this especially when enjoying a cup of coffee to the last tasty drop.

The question here is not about a cup containing anything such as flour or tea, it’s about an empty cup’s weight. Or, how heavy will an empty cup feel on your hand. The weight of a cup plays a huge role in deciding who will use it. Of course you wouldn’t want your 2 year old taking tea with your ceramic coffee mug! Before we explore different cup weights in grams, let’s consider what contributes to the cups weight in the first place.

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The weight of a cup is largely determined by the materials used in its creation. The most common materials used include, paper, plastic, metal, ceramic, glass or a combination of two or more materials. Let’s look at the weights individually.

Paper cups

Paper cups

Paper cups are made from paper lined with wax or plastic. Although paper is really light, the lining makes the paper cup a bit heavy. The weight of the cup therefore depends on the thickness and weight of the lining applied. It also depends on the paper grade used. There is no standard weight for paper cups. Two good examples are the Dixie perfect touch 12oz insulated paper cup and the Dixie paper cold cups weighing 340 grams and 255 grams respectively.

Plastic cups

Plastic cups

With regard to plastic, how many grams a cup has largely depends on the type of plastic used. The common plastics used in manufacturing plastic cups are Polyethylene terephthalate and, Polyethylene Terephthalate.

The former is clear and lightweight and commonly used to make disposable plastic cups. The latter is tougher and is usually used to manufacture colored heat resistant plastic cups. Two examples of how plastic cups weigh include the Member’s Mark clear plastic cups weighing 453.5 grams and Bakers and Chefs plastic cups weighing at 340 grams.

Metal cups

Metal cups

For metal cups, the type of metal used in the cups creation largely determines the weight. Common metals used in the manufacture include aluminum and steel. The weight in grams also depends on the size of the cup. Two examples of how many grams a metal cup has are Red Arrows 850 gram stainless steel cup and the Retro aluminum cup weighing 453.5 grams.

Ceramic cups

Ceramic cup

Ceramic cups are made from superheated porcelain. They’ve been around for centuries and are quite weighty. The weight depends on the thickness of the cup. These cups are quite attractive and smooth.

Two good examples are the American Expedition Wildlife ceramic cup which weighs about 453.5 grams and the Expeditionlab Inc. ceramic cup that weighs about 283.5 grams.

Glass cups

Glass cups

Glass cups are usually tansparent. Like their ceramic counterparts, they can be quite weighty and look great. Weight largely depends of the thickness of the glass. Two examples of glass cups include the Clarus Tritan unbreakable coffee cup weighing 430 grams and, Suns Tea Ultra clear glass cup weighing 255 grams.

How many grams a cup has largely depends on the materials used in its manufacture. It also depends on the cups manufacturer since its easy to find two cups made from the same manufacturer, made from the same materials; coming in different weights.