starbucks never empty mugs

Die-hard coffee lovers would give almost anything for a never-ending cup of coffee, but since that isn’t possible, Japanese design firm Nendo worked with Starbucks to create the next best thing.

latte americano caramel macchiato starbucks mugs

Nendo’s never-ending coffee mugs come in three varieties: Americano, Latte, and Caramel Macchiato. The mugs are full even when they are empty thanks to some clever trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) graphics on their bottoms.

cleverly painted starbucks mugs

When turned upside down for drying or storing, the mugs appear to be full of the drink they are named after. According to Nendo, the mugs represent Starbucks’ ambition of seeing the world as half-full, not half-empty. The playful mugs will be used in Starbucks throughout Japan.