How should you use espresso coffee cups? Since I’ve been selling dishes, I’ve come across, and sold, several espresso coffee cup sets. However, I’m still a novice when it comes to espresso coffee.
I never really thought much about espresso coffee cups (other than how cute those tiny cups are), until a customer recently asked me to verify that the cup and saucer I was selling held 2-3 ounces of liquid. A Fire King milk glass coffee cup from the 1950s barely holds 8 oz of regular coffee. Today’s coffee drinker loads small cups with double shots of espresso!
I immediately wondered, why does this guy need to make SURE my coffee cup holds merely 2-3 ounces of coffee? I did some research. My first source of information was my older children. I usually run my dumb questions by them first, before revealing my ignorance to people outside my immediate family.
Sometimes I ask my husband for his opinion, but he doesn’t usually have much to say philosophically about the reasons why people make certain choices with their dishes. He is not the person to ask, “Why do people only buy punch bowls that come with a box?” or “Why do soup bowls get broken more often than plates?” Personally, I can’t see the attraction in having the original punch bowl box, because I usually throw cardboard boxes away when I purchase dishware.
First, my son said, “Espresso is like concentrated coffee.” Ok, that explains those people in front of me in the Dunkin Donuts’ line that ask for a cup of so-an-so with a turbo shot of espresso. All this time I thought it was just strong Italian coffee. It’s actually a method of making strong coffee by forcing steam through fine coffee beans. If you want to read about ways to get the most caffiene at DD, use this link: https://hellogiggles.com/lifestyle/food-drink/caffeinated-drink-dunkin-donuts/
Then, my second oldest daughter recounted the story of how she and a friend tried one of the little cans of Starbucks Espresso. “It tasted like dirt,” she said. I knew exactly what she meant, because I like my cream and sugar with a little bit of coffee. Plus, I want my coffee to last as long as possible. There’s no way I want to decrease the ounces of my favorite drink.
“Can you make espresso in a KEURIG?” was my next question. I had to know what people were actually doing with these adorable little espresso coffee cups. Do you have to own an espresso machine? I researched the internet, and found a way you can ALMOST make espresso with a KEURIG. Apparently, you can buy Cafe Bustelo Espresso Roast K-pods, and make a similar concoction with the smallest coffee setting on the KEURIG. It won’t have the characteristic “crema,” but it will have the bold taste. I like to fill my coffee cup with 15 oz of glorious java.
I also learned that “demitasse” (espresso cups are often referred to this way) means half-cup. The term “half-cup” does not mean half of a literal 8 ounce cup, but 1/2 of a regular cup of coffee. Who knew? However, a demitasse cup would hold a lot less than half of one of my huge 15 ounce coffee cups!
I recently sold a set of 6 espresso cups. Were they merely bought for display, or is the buyer having after-dinner espresso parties for a half-dozen friends? Are little coffee shops buying these sets from me? I might just save those musings for my husband, when he gets home from work today.
If you have an espresso set, I would love to know how and when you use it!
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