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Coffee Making Equipment

Cups and Mugs

If you enjoy different coffee drinks and you want to make a great presentation of your creations to family and friends, having the right glass, cup, or mug will make a big difference. Not all drinks will use the same cup. If you have a 1 ½ ounce espresso, you don’t want to use a large mug and make it look like the remains of someone’s almost finished drink. You want something that is the correct size and can complement the drink you are serving. For example, clear glass mugs can show off the vibrant colors of an espresso with its multiple layers. In this article, we will review some of the best types of glasses to own for different types of drinks.

In general, glasses and cups will come in porcelain and glass. For glass, be sure to get them in heat-resistant borosilicate glass. These will be more durable and will help to keep the drinks hot for a longer period of time while still remains cool to your touch.

Varieties of Coffee Glasses and Mugs

Porcelain Demitasse Cups (1 ½ oz)

Give a traditional Italian café look for small drinks of 2 ounces or less. Also fits directly under an espresso machine.

Best for:

  • Espresso
  • Cuban Espresso
  • Espresso Romano 
  • Ristretto

Glass Espresso Glasses (2 ½ oz.)

Best for:

  • Espresso
  • Café Noisette
  • Espresso con Panna
  • Espresso Romano
  • Shakerato

Glass Espresso Shot Glasses (3 1/2 ounces)

Best for:

  • Doppio
  • Café con Hielo
  • Macchiato

Cappuccino Cup (5 to 6 oz)

Best for:

  • Cappuccino
  • Corretto
  • Cortado
  • Long Espresso / Lungo
  • Melya
  • Piccolo latte

Goblet Glass (6 oz)

Best for:

  • Bicerin
  • Café Bombon

Irish Coffee Glass (8 oz)

Best for:

  • Café mélange
  • Espressino
  • Espresso Freddo
  • Irish coffee
  • Long Black
  • Long Macchiato
  • Mexican Coffee

Coffee Cup (8 oz)

Best for:

  • Breve Coffee
  • Café Crema
  • Caffé latte
  • Espresso Americano
  • Flat White
  • Kopi Tubruk
  • Galao
  • Hammerhead
  • Mochachino
  • Turkish Coffee

Glass cup (12 oz)

Best for:

  • Carajillo
  • Dirty Chai Latte
  • Vienna
  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Tumbler (12 oz)

Best for:

  • Café con Leche
  • Mazagran
  • Oliang (Thai Iced Coffee)

Coffee Mug / Bowl (16 oz)

Best for:

  • Café au lait

Glass Mug with handle (16 oz)

Best for:

  • Borgia
  • Frappe Coffee

Tumbler (16 oz)

Best for:

  • Espresso Granita
  • Iced coffee

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