It was hard to establish a set of groundrules for what constitutes a good espresso cup, so it was a bit of an adventure. In the end, I decided to look at the following factors:
- Hand feel
- Heat retention
- Overall Quality
I consider myself someone who is qualified to review something as hyper-specialized as espresso cups because I have collected them for years now. I have over 120 different cup designs for espresso, cappuccino, and coffee, and about 45 of them are specifically for espresso. I'm huge on aesthetics, which I shamefully admit is the reason why I've dropped a lot of cash on some cups that, while aesthetically amazing, are less than up for the job of being the receptacle for the epitome of what a coffee bean can become.
That said, I'm not a professional in the field of ceramics or porcelain, or 18/8 grade steel, for that matter. I try to apply a common sense approach to what I write and investigate, and where I don't know certain things, I either try to find out or admit the shortcoming.
And now on to the individual looks!