Markarian Senior Member Joined: 27 Jun 2012 Posts: 652 Location: Seattle Area Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi WT-WC Grinder: Baratza Forte AP, HG One Vac Pot: Bunn Trifecta MB Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Hario V60 Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013, 4:16pm Subject: Re: Espresso cups
It's funny you mention this, because I kept seeing the Bodum Pavina cups on YouTube and how sexy they looked. I was at SCG yesterday so decided to pick some up. I highly recommend them. They look nice, keep your shot warm, and let you see blonding in the cup at the bottom so you know exactly when to cut your shot short for a ristretto. I found them incredibly useful. Here's a macchiato I made last night:
Posted Wed Mar 20, 2013, 6:07pm Subject: Re: Espresso cups
I really enjoy the illy style espresso cups. The really thick walls have an awesome lip-feel and experience (imo) than the Lavazza cups I also have. Unfortunately I received a pair of the illy cups free when I first started on coffee (via the subscription) and found a dozen Lavazza cups on the bay for pretty cheap. Everytime the wash runs I grab the illy cups first for my shots because I enjoy using them so much.
I also have a few Turkish Coffee cups from a local middle eastern store but they aren't very substantial and I have no good reason why I don't brew in them. It just lessens the experience for me. I totally agree the cup makes a difference.
(For the record, the Lavazza Cappuccino cups are way better for me than the illy ones--They are SLIGHTLY larger volume and this allows me to use my 18g VST and get all the goodness out of my dose and steam a good amount of milk. I waste less and enjoy more.)
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