Mark Prince is a serious illy art cup collector - up to 50 sets at last count, and recognized by the New York Times (and illy) as one of the prominent collectors in North America. He takes a look at some changes afoot in the illy cup world.
Posted Fri Dec 12, 2003, 2:47pm Subject: Re: illy "Gets It" again - thicker espresso cups by Mark Prince
Hey Mark - good article as always. I personally love the Illy logo cups made by IPA - nice and heavy and hold a lot of heat.
Just out of curiosity - do you use the majority of your Illy art cups, or are they for display only? I just got my first set of 6 (the Jeff Koons set) and I do plan on using them, but am going to get some more and I'm not sure if I should just keep them boxed up. Will using them will hurt their long term value, if they're well kept?
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Posted Fri Dec 12, 2003, 3:07pm Subject: Re: illy "Gets It" again - thicker espresso cups by Mark Prince
Most of my illy cups are either for display only, or still in their boxes (I have a lot of "doubles"). In some cases, the cups are just too cool looking not to use (re: Aliens), or I may have been contracted to photograph them (re: pen tests, rosenquist cups).
Posted Fri Dec 12, 2003, 7:06pm Subject: Re: illy "Gets It" again - thicker espresso cups by Mark Prince
Illy is still light weight. The La Marzocco espresso cups are 178 grams. If you like Illy for the art work, fine, but otherwise, get the La Marzocco cups that are dramatically less expensive, bought from Espresso Specialists (in Seattle, WA) a year or two ago and < $3 with saucer, but probably sold out now. There is nothing second rate about these cups.
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