Isn’t there something about the perfect espresso served in the perfect espresso cup? High-quality espresso cups elevate every sip by providing the ergonomics and heat retention needed for warm, rich coffee. The challenge comes down to finding a set of coffee shop-quality espresso cups that you can use at home.
The material used is one of the main considerations when choosing espresso cups. While glass cups look great, there’s nothing fun about burning your fingers. And, while stainless steel is good for heat retention, it may not be the nicest to drink out of.
To help you in your search, we’ve listed our favourite espresso cups available in Australia. Check them out below.
This espresso cup set includes two 80ml glass cups. With a double-wall construction, these heat-resistant borosilicate glass cups earn points for aesthetics and utility. They are suitable for both hot and cold beverages and can also be popped in both the microwave and dishwasher.
It’s easy to assume that these cups will be burning your fingers due to the handle-free design. However, they are actually designed with insulation that keeps the interior piping hot while the outer surface remains cool to touch.
These cups are good for one shot to two shots of espresso even though the double-wall design does make them appear bigger.
One thing to keep in mind with these cups is that they’re not the most durable option out there and will be unlikely to survive a fall.
Like the Bodum cups above, these De’Longhi Espresso Glasses are made from double-wall borosilicate glass. At 60ml in volume, they are ideal for single espresso shots.
These cups are great for maintaining a consistent temperature in your cup without burning your hand because they use thermal insulation technology. They also don’t create condensation that can bleed onto your desk or table.
They’re also dishwasher-safe so it’s easy to keep them clean and ready for the next round of coffees.
These 80ml tumbler-style demitasse cups are made of food-grade stainless steel for added durability.
They take care of the storage problem that comes with some glass espresso cups because they’re stackable.
The Recaps Espresso Cups do a decent job of maintaining temperature with help from a double-wall construction with thermal insulation.
This 85ml espresso cup is a scaled-down version of your favourite coffee mug. It’s dishwasher-safe and made from porcelain with a hand-painted rim.
Something that makes this little espresso mug a great gift item is that every piece is slightly unique due to the product’s handcrafted nature. Matching saucers that are part of the “Ocean” set from Olympia can also be purchased to create a set.
This cup does make it necessary to sip quickly to enjoy hot, fresh espresso because porcelain isn’t as good for insulation and temperature control as double-walled glass or stainless steel.
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This set of espresso cups is sleek and stylish and would look great in any modern kitchen. Each porcelain cup is 90ml, so is suitable for a single or double espresso shot.
They are safe for both the microwave and dishwasher.
Bringing some novelty and functionality to each shot, this 70ml glass espresso cup from Rhino Coffee features measurements and pouring spouts to add some precision to your coffee-making process.
Keep in mind the durability issues related to glass coffee gear as some care will need to be taken with this glass to avoid chips or cracks.
Cheerful and vibrant, these cups that look like miniature coffee cups are really timeless. Each 100ml cup features a high-shine enamel finish that resists cracking and chipping.
The slightly larger size of these espresso cups means that in addition to espresso, you have room to add a little hot water or make a Macchiato.
The stoneware materials do a great job of keeping coffee and espresso hot, compared to a material like porcelain that looks similar but doesn’t conduct heat as well.
Many people actually purchase these Creuset espresso cups as a unique way to serve individual desserts. The stoneware is safe for grills, ovens, and microwaves up to certain temperatures. They’re also safe for the dishwasher.
These 60ml stoneware espresso coffee cups belong in any modern kitchen. They feature a dimpled shape that speaks to the fact that each one is finished by hand. The pink matte finish comes with just a dab of gloss fleck to add a little shine.
The wide handle makes it easy to get a grip while sipping down a shot even though the cup is small. These cups are microwave and dishwasher safe.
Made from double walled glass, these espresso cups keep the coffee hot and your hands cool. At 89ml, these cups can accommodate a single or double shot of espresso.
Each pack contains six borosilicate glass espresso cups. While they could certainly be described as delicate and fragile, these cups are microwave safe and dishwasher safe and also resist scratching.
These 80ml double walled espresso cups are made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass that’s safe for the microwave and dishwasher. They do a good job of keeping drinks hot, keeping fingers cool, and preventing condensation that can create a mess of your work desk or coffee table.
These double walled espresso cups are blown by artisans. They are pretty enough to keep on display when they’re not being used. The slightly thinner-than-average nature of the glass used for these cups does make them feel slightly more fragile than comparable double walled espresso cups.
Espresso Cup FAQ
What size is an espresso cup?
The standard espresso cup is between 60ml and 90ml. This is enough capacity to hold a single or double shot of espresso. A good espresso cup should neatly contain the espresso without it touching the rim.
What cup is espresso served in?
Espresso should be served in an espresso cup that is big enough for one to two shots, usually around 60ml and 90ml in volume. Using a standard coffee cup from espresso can reduce the quality because the liquid cools faster when it is spread out. Most espresso cups are made of glass, ceramic, or stoneware.
Glass, stainless steel, and ceramic are considered the best for temperature retention. However, double-walled cups are preferable when choosing glass as a material because regular glass cups can be too hot to touch.
Double-walled cups create a special insulation barrier that keeps heat in while protecting the exterior surface of the cup from becoming too hot. Cups that are made of stoneware and ceramic often have handles because these materials can become hot to the touch relatively easily.
What is the standard size of an espresso shot?
Espresso shots are measured by the water volume that gets passed through the espresso beans. A standard single shot is 30ml. A standard double espresso shot is 60ml.