Espresso gets all the press at least in terms of cups. There are so many uniquely designed espresso cups on the market that I have to control myself and not buy everyone I see. Like these that remind novice drinkers that it’s eSpresso not eXpresso. Or these bold colored cups by Italian designer Guzzini. Or the iconic Illy cups and their art collection design series.
Espresso’s second cousin has come into its own with a collection of cappuccino cups that are not just a coffee cup cast-off. The Lino Cappuccino Cup, made in collaboration with baristas at Intelligentsia, one of my favorite coffee roaster/retailers outside of Italy, has been described as a “seamless marriage of form and function” where the contour of the cup’s interior provides the “optimal fluid dynamics ” for a perfect cappuccino. A ratio of 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and a perfect pour of 1/3 foamed milk.
Available at several online sites, I’m anxious to try these. They remind me of the classic thick-walled Italian designed d’ANCAP cups (another pick of mine) where the weight, size and shape of the cup are of considered importance in the enjoyment of the drink.