Starbucks Offering Leather Cup Sleeves For Charity

cups-300x208Once again, Japan gets all the cool stuff.

If you’ve been to Starbucks at any point for a hot drink, you’ve undoubtedly received your coffee in a paper sleep; if it’s exceptionally hot, the barista may have slid it into another cup to protect your hand, but the paper sleeve is ubiquitous with Starbucks.

Designed by Loewe (no, not the American hardware company Lowe’s), limited-edition luxury leather sleeves will be available as part of a charity program. Aiming at helping earthquake and tsunami victims (from last March), the sleeves will be released in a limited amount on November 14th. Six different colors, red, blue, yellow, orange, pink, and black, will run for a minimum donation of 1,000 yen (about US $12.50), Rocket News 24 reports.

Additionally, a new blend of Costa Rican coffee, labeled Starbucks Special Reserve, will come out at the same time. Sounds like it’d be a great thing to pour into a paper cup surrounded by another great thing.

Ready to help some people out and have a nice leather grip on your coffee?