Buying Guide for Espresso And Cappuccino Cups

If you are like me, having your daily fix of caffeine is critical for getting through the day. There is nothing I love more than waking up and having a shot of espresso to get me started. However, picking the right cup for your drink plays a huge role in enhancing the experience. When selecting a cup there are two things that are important to consider – the size of the cup and how well it retains heat.

Espresso Cups


Espresso is a concentrated type of coffee that is formed by pouring boiled water over ground coffee beans. I like to drink the espresso shot as it is, to absorb the rich flavors. But espressos are more commonly used to form the base of a variety of coffee beverages. An espresso is typically served in a small cup that holds about 2 – 3 ounces, called a demitasse. These cups are better suited for persons who want a quick shot of coffee in a small dose. When looking for an espresso cup, look for one that is made out of porcelain, ceramic, or pottery, these materials are better able to retain the heat of beverage for sustained periods of time.

If you reuse the cups you may also want to consider which one may hold up best for longer periods of use. If you frequently make coffee-flavored treats you may also want to consider cups that can hold a few ounces more to better suit those drinks. For example, lattes or cappuccinos would be a larger gulp and would not be suitable for a smaller cup such as a demitasse. Most cafés tend to have tiny, white ceramic cups that are used to hold the piping hot coffee from the espresso machine. However, there are a wide range of options available – just be sure that the cup you use is not larger than 3 ounces and will not be too hot to touch when full.

Cappuccino Cups


A cappuccino is a classic pick-me-up for many coffee lovers; it is really an espresso that has hot milk poured on top, with a little foam. Cappuccinos are normally served in 5 – 6 ounce cups in order to house the additional dash of milk. Some persons like to add more milk for flavor as well, so if you like your coffee with more milk, a bigger cup may suit your needs (10 – 12 ounces).

Cappuccino cups are typically made from the same materials as espresso cups, but tend to be slightly larger. Outside of those basic requirements, picking the perfect cappuccino cups really depends on how you like to experience your coffee. Sometimes you may feel like heading to a café with a good book and a large mug of your cappuccino. Other times you made find yourself on the run, so you may need to keep it in a hot flask.

When picking a cup you should ask yourself:
Does the cup hold hot liquids well? Picking the right mug will reduce the likelihood of getting burned unintentionally.
Does it have a large enough handle to hold it? If the handle is too small it may make it difficult to hold and may cause you to drop it.
Does it have thick sides? This ensures that your coffee is will stay hot for extended periods of time.
Can the mug stand firmly when placed on a table or a saucer?
Can it be used to make other coffee drinks if necessary? An espresso cup holds 2 -3 ounces and needs to be relatively small to fit into an espresso machine. However, if you are making a cappuccino, an espresso cup may not be ideal and you may want to consider getting a larger size cup.
Do you like the design; does it have interesting aesthetic features that suit your style?

As a coffee lover you know you have found the right cup when you refuse to use any other cup in the house for your coffee. One of the great things about coffee is not just the taste but the experience of taking a moment to sit and refocus. Having the right cup goes a long way in helping you maximize your experience. When you are on the lookout for a new cup, be sure to keep these tips in mind!