Light weight gives the impression of fragility Burned lips/tongue for beginners
I had a hard time choosing between the Pavina and Assam, but when I saw the cups in person (as opposed to online), I preferred the look of the Pavina.
The cups are extremely light, which made me a little nervous when first using them (also, the instructions recommend against stirring drinks with a metal spoon), but I have banged my cups pretty hard on tile counters and my espresso machine without breaking them.
I read Tom O's review of the same cups and he stated that he disliked the lack of heat transfer to the lip of the cup. I don't mind this and did not notice any differences in taste as compared to regular ceramic coffee cups. However, I did burn myself on the first few cappas/lattes I drank because the cup is so cool to the touch that I went straight for a big gulp.
All in all, the insulation factor is great. The drinks stay hot - a nice feature for straight shots, which I find can cool too quickly.
I liked the cups so much, I have four each of the 2oz, 5oz, 9oz and 12oz. The actual price paid (as opposed to what I listed above) ranged from 5.99 to 18.99, depending on size.
Great - for whatever reason bed bath and beyond is (was?) selling the 2oz shot glasses for 5.99 (per two pack) in the store, as opposed to the 11.99 list price on the bodum website and other retailers. Price listed above reflects the range of price for all four sizes I purchased.