Common Questions About Plastic Straws
What straw diameter do I need?
The diameter of a plastic drinking straw refers to the width of the aperture, which is the total space through which the drink will travel. Wide diameter straws are designed for thick drinks, such as smoothies or milkshakes, while small diameter straws work best with drinks that are thin and intended to be sipped, such as soft drinks or crafted cocktails. Diameter is measured in millimeters, with smaller straws usually measuring 5mm and larger straws measuring 8mm. Consider the thickness of the beverage you'll be serving, and look for a straw with a diameter large enough to transfer that drink without much effort. Any specialty drinks with chunks, such as fruit or chocolate, will need special straws to accommodate them.
What straw length should I choose?
The depth of the serving glass determines the necessary length of your straw. For short glasses, such as a highball or other cocktail glass, you'll want to look for shorter straws, as a tall straw will not sit comfortably in a short glass. On the other hand, a straw that is too short to reach the bottom of the cup and the customer's mouth at the same time is not very useful. If your establishment serves multiple types of drinks, such as soft drinks, cocktails, children's sizes, and milkshakes, you may need to purchase multiple straw lengths, as an inappropriately sized straw is awkward to use and feels unprofessional. Consider which sizes might fit multiple uses before making a plastic straws bulk purchase.
Which straw color is best for my establishment?
The two primary colors for straws are black and natural plastic color. Natural plastic straws are usually translucent, so they blend in somewhat to any existing aesthetic. Black straws make a stronger impression and fits in well with most elegant décor, while working well with high-end drinks, such as cocktails. Natural plastic works well with sodas or colorful beverages but are not often used with expensive drinks. Price should not be a consideration when choosing between the two, as the prices of black and natural straws are usually the same.
Should I use wrapped or unwrapped straws?
Individually wrapped straws prove to customers their utensil hasn't been exposed to potential contamination, as it is still sealed when they receive it. Depending on your individual customer base, this might be an important consideration, or it might not be. Unwrapped straws come safely sealed in groups of several hundred and are cheaper than individually wrapped straws, though operators will need a place to safely store unwrapped straws in between each serving. Consider the preference of your customer base and your establishment's potential storage spaces before placing a plastic straws bulk order.