Guest Post: Six Important Things to Know About Espresso Cups
If you are a true afficianado, you will insist that your espresso cup be the perfect vessel for that perfect beverage. There are a few important things to look for in the perfect espresso cup.
A good Italian espresso cup will be made of porcelain. Porcelain retains heat and resists staining. The classic model is plain white porcelain, with a small saucer, for your vanilla bean and spoon. If you are looking at a top quality set made in Italy or Germany, don’t expect each cup to look exactly the same as the next. Hand made sets should have slight differences.
In a cup the size of an espresso cup, the feel of it is very important. If you cannot properly hold onto your cup, you will risk embarrassing spills. A man may require a cup with a larger handle, and perhaps even a heftier weight, whereas a woman’s wrist may feel weighed down by the same weight, and the handle would be too loose.
Espresso, for the most part is sipped. (Although, in many parts of Europe, you will see hurried businessmen throw back a quick cup like it’s a shot of tequila.) Because it is normally a drink one lingers over, it is important that the cup be able to retain the coffee’s heat. The thicker the cup, the more heat retention. A new material for espresso cups that is being used is called Borosilicate glass, which can be manufactured with double walls for additional heat retention.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for a true lover of espresso, nothing could be more beautiful than a small, simple, white cup with a thin wisp of aromatic steam rising from it. But there are others who would like their cups to make a statement, or at least match their other dishes. This is personal taste, and as long as the cup is of good quality, the right size for most users, and can keep the coffee warm for a reasonable period of time, the look is up to you.
There are certain brands of espresso cup that are well known for their quality as well as for beautiful design. But make sure that you are getting quality for the premium price, and not paying for fancy marketing and packaging wrapped around an average cup.
This, of course, is the clincher. Perfectly serviceable, simple espresso cups are what is used in most cafes and espresso bars all over Europe and the big cities in the United States. You can buy a good quality set of 6 espresso cups for less than $20. But the range can be just about the same as for wine glasses; you can get one for a few dollars, or you can have a Baccarat for a few hundred dollars. If you want your espresso cups to be conversation pieces or works of art, go for the expensive ones. Otherwise, just look for the qualities we have already discussed and go with your heart.
Cups can define our personality. Polished, stylish, sexy and sophisticated. You can discover more extensive line of cups of all designs from an extensive contemporary artist if you do a people search. Generally there is actually a style of cup for everybody, whether or not you own an espresso machine, a coffee maker or simply if you love a cup of tea.
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