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ercsguitar
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Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013, 9:05am
Subject: How important is cup shape for lattes?
 

I'm opening a new high end shop and starting to look for cups to use, specifically something for lattes/cappuccinos. I'm having trouble finding anything in the 12 oz range. I was wondering if anyone has done or found any research on the effect of cup shape on a latte? In spirits/alcohol there is a big emphasis on cup shape, and I know there are traditions that are typically followed, but I want to know if anyone has any thoughts on the subject.

Does it kill a latte to offer it in a coffee mug? Are there scientific reasons for using the bowl or tulip shaped cups? I'm not trying to skimp on drinkware, but I don't feel compelled to buy lots of different cups if its not necessary.

P.S. I'm new to the forums, but have been following coffee geek for a couple of years now. Thanks for your input.
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Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013, 9:25am
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Latte art is easiest to pour and most pleasurable to view in bowl or wide-tulip shaped cups.  Considering you claim to offer "high end" espresso-based drinks, you should probably go with the industry standard prevalent in other "high end" shops.

Here's a link to some cups on Chris' Coffee Service... https://www.chriscoffee.com/Cups_and_Glasses_s/6153.htm

While they are priced for consumers, I know that Chris' sells to commercial establishments.  They also give deals sometimes to consumers who call to purchase combo packages (such as grinders and machines together).  I would think they'd give volume discounts to businesses looking for large quantities of supplies. It doesn't hurt to ask. Of course, Chris' is only one source, there are many others.

Good luck!

 
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Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013, 9:41am
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Thanks for the tip on a cup source. I've been having trouble finding anything that isn't sold out.
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Posted Sat Sep 14, 2013, 10:34am
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seems like I read something about taste and smell of espresso on the cups with a lip...

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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 3:58am
Subject: Re: How important is cup shape for lattes?
 

The secret of latte art is the cup shape. It is much easier for someone starting out on a big round cup shapes. Cups like the 49th parallel roaster has 50 ml marker on the inside, thus it will help you determine how much espresso you are going to pour.

Lattes are generally served in cups. It is the usual practice since latte was served. And you know latte is from Italian word of milk, and it has been a practice to serve lattes in cups from 9oz - 12oz. It is not a belief but rather customarily use.

 
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