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Posted Thu Feb 7, 2013, 6:35pm
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frcn Said:

Andy makes a good point that we sort of overlooked. What is your goal? Good feel when you lift it? Stronger to lower chance of breakage? Cooling the espresso quicker? Keeping the espresso warmer longer? Etc.?  And then we need to know, what cups are you using now? What aren't act of omission or commission needs to be addressed, if any?

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Yeah, I hadn't actually thought it through to this extent to be honest.

This thread is turning out exactly how I wanted it to, thanks guys...

So I guess for me, optimally, an espresso cup should have all those qualities (except the cooling quickly, which for me wouldn't be a quality!)

For me, the good feel when you lift it comes from the weight; I like things chunky. The thickness is more about what it feels like when you take a sip. I don't know, it just feels like a cool thing. As for the handle, well that always seems to be a compromise. The illy handle is the perfect handle for me. Stick one on the *old* NP Sorrento Andy quoted and we might well be in business!

I'm guessing a heavier, thicker cup will naturally be resistent to breakages, so no need to worry about that.

I definitely don't want a cup that cools the espresso down, no! So far I've been preheating my cups with boiling water and finding they stay warm long enough for me to drink the espresso.

As I said, I'm using illy logo cups. For me they are the epitome of espresso cups, but I'm just after something a little more novel to add to my collection, not replace it.

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Posted Thu Feb 7, 2013, 7:37pm
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Sweet Maria's has some 3/8" thick cups. Click Here (www.sweetmarias.com) I have one that weights 168.05g and another with SMs logo on it 172.74g. Click Here (www.sweetmarias.com) these may be worth an email to ask their weight, I have a different style with SMS logo that weights 142.74g. I do like the thick walled espresso cups.
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Posted Thu Feb 7, 2013, 8:15pm
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germantownrob Said:

Sweet Maria's has some 3/8" thick cups. Click Here (www.sweetmarias.com) I have one that weights 168.05g and another with SMs logo on it 172.74g. Click Here (www.sweetmarias.com) these may be worth an email to ask their weight, I have a different style with SMS logo that weights 142.74g. I do like the thick walled espresso cups.

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Thanks man,

Unfortunately no international shipping on them though, otherwise I'd have probably gone for them.

I know (or am assuming by the name) that they are Nuova Point Sorrentos, and not some other brand who's copied the model, but I never realised they were 3/8" thick until now! Crazy.

I think that's as thick as I really need to go... much more and I'm sure I'd start having to trade porcelain for sanity.

As for the SM logo cups, one thing I did forget to mention is that I want a completely plain cup. I'm starting to really like the chocolate brown of the Sorrentos though, so when all is said and done I may end up sourcing them somewhere where I can get them internationally posted.

But the verdict is still out by all means! Keep those bombs a droppin'...

 
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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2013, 1:34pm
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In the FWIW mode, here are the two different demitasse that I use on a regular basis.  

On the left is an Elektra logo demitasse, made of porcelain by Inker in Croatia; on the right is a double-walled, stainless steel (18/10 inox) demitasse made by Fabrosk in Italy.

Both cups keep the espresso hot, albeit the stainless for a longer period of time.  The Inker is not the thickest I've ever used -- that "title" belongs to an old set of brown-and-white cups (ACF? Nuova Point?) that I lost in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake -- but these work quite well and feel good in hand and against my lip.  The Fabrosk work better from a heat-retention standpoint, but don't feel as nice against my lip -- they can sometimes be too hot if I take them right from the top of my espresso machine; that said, I will use these when taking my espresso with me in the car.

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