Uniquely design cup & saucer with great heat retention.
Positive Product Points
Cup & Saucer Design/Looks Temperature Retention
Negative Product Points
I first noticed these cups at Il Colosseo Café, in Bensohurst Brooklyn, sitting atop an impressive two lever commercial Rancilio machine. I was served a cup of superb espresso in one of these interestingly designed demitasses.
The cup design is a bit rounded and shorter as compared to others. The handle feels most comfortable between your fingers. The saucer is my favorite part. See for yourself here: http://www.danesi-caffe.com/img/prod/oro.htm
Most importantly these cups maintain their heat which is a key variable in quality espresso production. They also feel relatively heavy and stong. I have a feeling that these cups could possibly survive the occasional slip and fall.
One negative aspect I must mention when using two Danesi cups with a portafilter, such as the one included with Rancilio Silvia, is that, if you do not get a strong pour from your spouts the coffee often just misses the cups. This is due to the roundness of the cups as compared to other standard shaped espresso cups. I did not note this as a negative point for the cups as it is most likely the operator’s misdoing.
BTW, I am a big fan of Danesi "Gold" and "Brown" espresso beans. Try them if you do not roast your own.