FreshCUP™, and its proprietary FreshCUP™ 1·2 Biocleanser, has been available for more than 20 years in first world countries across the globe. But never in Africa.

A completely redesigned and improved version of the FreshCUP™ went into production in January 2020. This modernised system is now being launched in South Africa by Qwyx (Pty) Ltd, a new company focussed only on innovative corporate hygiene services. Located in Johannesburg, Qwyx currently services the Johannesburg northern business districts.

FreshCUP™ is a compact cup washer, weighing just five kilograms. It is small enough to fit into any office kitchen space or even sit on a shelf. All it needs for a super-efficient wash is a 230 V electrical supply, a plumbed-in cold water supply and drain. Typical water consumption is 600 cc per cup.

FreshCUP™ cleans and sanitises two to three cups every 30 seconds, but can be operated for just one cup or continuously for many cups. It takes just one press of a button to operate. The water is heated via an advanced on-demand internal heating system, which heats water faster and to higher temperatures than previously possible, so the sanitised cups dry by evaporation. 

The ecologically friendly FreshCUP™ 1·2 Biocleanser comes in two separate liquids, supplied in convenient recyclable bottles used to refill internal storage compartments in the machine. One refill is good for washing 400-600 cups (depending on wash cycle and how many cups loaded per wash).

The FreshCUP™ machine is not sold but made available as an all-inclusive office facility for a fixed monthly fee.

Satisfied clients include Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Subaru, HP Compaq, Checkpoint, Motorola and Dell Computers among other global businesses.


Why cups and cutlery need sanitising

Cups in the office and at home are an ideal breeding ground for various microorganisms. Food leftovers (particularly milk and juices), moisture and room temperature create a food base for microbes, bacteria, moulds, yeasts and fungi.

Microorganisms get onto the cup or mug via natural flora in the mouth, which are most problematic at times of illness with viruses present in air passages, the mouth, the teeth and digestive system. They are then spread by the wash cloths and sponges used in manual washing which may leave cups clean to the naked eye, but harbour and spread unseen and unwanted microorganisms. 

In an office environment, cups get contaminated from touching and handling, such as using cups after visiting the bathroom. Research findings confirm this is a worldwide problem.