Cold Cups are made to handle cold beverages only. They often have a waxy coating inside to keep the paper from becoming wet and collapsing from the absorption of liquid. Cold paper cups also come in several sizes and designs. Paper cups come in sizes from the tiny Dixie Cups to large 20 or 24 ounce big cups found at convenience stores for soda. They also come in a variety of designs, including those for children's themed birthday parties, those bearing restaurant or store logos, and everyday designs such as flowers. The variety of designs on paper cups is endless.
Hot cups are paper cups designed to hold hot beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. They are specially made to withstand the heat that cold cups cannot. Hot cups can be insulated to help keep beverages warm. Like cold cups, they come in a variety of sizes and designs. A recent development for hot cups has been the hot paper cup sleeve. This sleeve is slid onto the cup to help prevent fingers from getting burned by the heat of the beverage.