Do you take notice of your cup when you drink your coffee in the morning? Or think about whose work made it possible for you to hold it in your hands? Christine Schafer uses this humble but indispensable object of everyday life as starting point for an essayistic comment on the rapidly changing nature of work and the people who make production of goods possible. Can they still identify with their work, how do they cope with ongoing challenges in the age of cheap competition, automation and artificial intelligence? Cups will always be needed, but can one claim the same for the workers?