Vintage Espresso Cups That Look Amazing

Vintage Espresso Cups That Look Amazing

Last updated on October 26th, 2023 at 15:21

Everyone I know finds vintage espresso cups to be of an amazing and eye-catching design. If you want your coffee mornings with friends to stand out or raise eyebrows at your dinner parties, serving your coffee in classic and elegant looking cups is something that will stand out.

Keep reading as we dig down and detail this very subject and show you some pretty cool designs.

What Is A Vintage Espresso Cup

A vintage espresso cup is a small demitasse cup usually made with porcelain or ceramic and of an elegant and classical design that stands out from the more modern designs.

The design of these are vintage treasures and often look like they are from yesteryear and are well worth it for special occasions and when you want to stand out from the rest of your friends. Creative entrepreneurs are making these today with vintage designs that look fit for royalty from a few centuries ago and well priced.

What Is A Vintage Espresso Cup
A Vintage Espresso Cup

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Vintage Demitasse Cups

Some coffee lovers just love the look and elegant design of vintage demitasse cups. Here are some pretty cool porcelain espresso cups and cups of all designs and materials.

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Vintage Espresso Cups and Saucers

You can find some stunning vintage/retro espresso cups and saucers on eBay, Etsy and a number of other places online.

Here are some very interesting designs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Vintage Espresso Cups

What’s The Difference Between A Demitasse Cup And An Espresso Cup?

Demitasse cups are intentionally made the size that they are to serve two important functions. One is to maintain the thick rich crema on top, the other is due to an espresso coffee being small and concentrated, and it simply has to be served in a small Demitasse cup. There is no getting around either of these two important reasons. A demitasse cup is an espresso cup.

The most commonly used materials used in the construction of espresso cups are porcelain and ceramic. Porcelain looks great and clean while ceramic has properties that help to retain heat and help your shot of espresso to stay warm for longer.

More modern designs and materials are double walled glass espresso cups that look great and being transparent you can see the beauty of your shot.

Is An Espresso Cup One Or Two Shots?

An espresso cup is usually a double shot in size at a minimum. It is incredibly rare to find a one ounce espresso cup. The additional capacity is to permit you or the barista to pull a double shot should you want to.

What Is The Difference Between A Demitasse Cup And A Teacup?

The main difference between a demitasse cup and a teacup is their size. A Demitasse cup holds only 2 ounces (60 ml) typically and is around 2.5 inches tall. A teacup is twice that size as they are normally 4 inches tall and hold at least 6 ounces (180 ml) normally.

What Are Demitasse Cups Used For?

A demitasse cup is, literally, a half cup which is what the translation of the French word to English means. Typically, the size is only 2 or 4 ounces (60 ml or 90 ml). They are specifically used to serve espresso based drinks like shots of espresso, ristretto, lungos and so on. A demitasse cup is usually too small for milk-based espresso drinks.

What Are Espresso Coffee Cups Called?

Espresso coffee cups are known as demitasse cups which is French for half cup.

What Cups Are Best For Espresso?

Porcelain is the best material for espresso cups, to be more specific high fired porcelain as thick high fired porcelain lasts longer due to being more durable. 

Why Are Espresso Cups Double Walled?

Espresso cups are double-walled to help maintain the temperature of the drink, be it hot or cold. 

Frappé-Ing It All Up – Vintage Espresso Cups

Vintage espresso cups are great looks and fabulous conversation starters for coffee mornings with a difference and at your dinner parties. Truly elegant, classy and very stylish. I simply love them for that “stand out” factor.

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