The last cups you'll ever need to buy! I'll get more in a heartbeat if I ever move to a two-group machine . . .
Positive Product Points
Inox, thermally insulated cups keeps the espresso hot; easy to clean and care for; do not scratch easily.
Negative Product Points
Saucers are a bit . . . well, there's nothing wrong with them, but they somehow don't seem up to the standards of the cups themselves.
I was tired of the classic Italian brown-and-white porcelain espresso cups. Besides . . . for a time, you couldn't get the real Italian ones here -- only Chinese knock-offs, and they didn't match the Italian ones I already had . . . AND the last earthquake did in yet another saucer . . . AND . . . .
OK, so the idea of a thermally-insulated (i.e.: double-walled) cup intrigued me and a post on CG mentioned Frabosk, which led me on a search. Why these suckers are so hard to find is beyond me, but I found my first pair (they are sold in sets of two; the price is $32/pair) at Podhead.com. (I later added cappuccino cups at $38/pair.)
They have replaced my Bodum Pavina cups, as they keep the heat in longer. (The Pavina espresso and cappuccino cups moved to the office with my Gaggia.) Four espresso and four cappuccino cups fit nicely on top of my La Valentina, and they are a pleasure to drink from . . .
Buying from podhead was faceless, painless and efficient.