And here, this year is a very limited offering: A full blown illy art collection series of espresso cups (with coffee! Albeit kinda old illy coffee!) for $120!
Illy art sets are going for $155 to $200 these days new, so to find a set for $120 is a steal if you're into these kinds of things.
The Juilian Schnabel "Chuck" set is also quite cool and unique - the set comes in one of those old timey rescue life preserver. The five cups and saucers present the different moods and periods of life for Chuck the beach boy and surfer. Chuck, by the way, is a real guy that the artist knows and immortalized in art.
If you want to get into illy cup collecting, this is definitely a good place to start. If this set doesn't appeal, make sure you peruse 1st in Coffee's site for other current illy art series offerings.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.