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    Cheap cups.

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Just wondering what cups you guys would recommend for minimal outlay? The Di Bella cups look nice and are cheap, anyone used them?

    Id love some ACF cups but the other half doesnt share my enthusiasm for coffee so they will be a long way off for me.

    Thanks, Jai

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    The ACFs will probably last a lifetime in domestic use, whereas the cheaper cups may need replacing.... maybe a selling point to the minister of finance ;)

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    ACF are great - good bang for buck if you ask me (when compared to the likes of terra keramik). Theyre nice to drink out of - I think its the combination of the weight/density + glazing.

    Otherwise, you can pick up some from myers that dont cost too much. I think I picked up a set of 6 for about $30 (latte glass). Perfect size, looks good but I find these a bit harder to do latte art in compared to the ACF (assuming you want to start practising this down the line). Theyre from Vue and you want to look for ones that are specific for coffee. I find the other tumblers too big for my liking.

    I havent seen dibellas yet, so I cant comment.

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    http://mydibellacoffee.com.au/sh_products.php?pi=0&ci=36&cn=Cups+%26+Saucers

    These are the Di Bella cups. They look ok. Its a bit hard to check out things living in Katherine.

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    I use Maxwell and Williams 250mL cafe culture range. Similar to the acf cups. But about $6 a cup. Im not sure if this image will work, but you can google them. They come in black, blue, red and olive green.

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1F3A2D323F635B0 link=1333951870/4#4 date=1333964134
    I use Maxwell and Williams 250mL cafe culture range. Similar to the acf cups. But about $6 a cup. Im not sure if this image will work, but you can google them. They come in black, blue, red and olive green.

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    They look ok. I like the look of the Di Bella cups more though. With the white inside and not all one colour.

    Anyone else have other options?

    Jai

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Quote Originally Posted by 113A3228333A295B0 link=1333951870/5#5 date=1334120943
    Quote Originally Posted by 1F3A2D323F635B0 link=1333951870/4#4 date=1333964134
    I use Maxwell and Williams 250mL cafe culture range. Similar to the acf cups. But about $6 a cup. Im not sure if this image will work, but you can google them. They come in black, blue, red and olive green.

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    They look ok. I like the look of the Di Bella cups more though. With the white inside and not all one colour.

    Anyone else have other options?

    Jai
    Each to their own of course. But out of interest, one of the reasons I like these so much is that they are one solid colour. I personally, do not like the white inside of the Di Bella cups. Although, I do like the pastel colours of the Di Bella cups. :)

    Are you limiting your choices to cups? My second favourite, and soon to be acquired, are the Bodum Pavina double walled glasses. Just another thought?

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4366716E633F070 link=1333951870/6#6 date=1334121165
    Are you limiting your choices to cups? My second favourite, and soon to be acquired, are the Bodum Pavina double walled glasses. Just another thought?
    I like these actually. I like being able to see the shot really well. Are they good with heat retention?

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Quote Originally Posted by 745F574D565F4C3E0 link=1333951870/7#7 date=1334121431
    Quote Originally Posted by 4366716E633F070 link=1333951870/6#6 date=1334121165
    Are you limiting your choices to cups? My second favourite, and soon to be acquired, are the Bodum Pavina double walled glasses. Just another thought?
    I like these actually. I like being able to see the shot really well. Are they good with heat retention?
    Uhm, having never used these, I cant really comment on that. But they market the double walled design as being good for heat retention... However, I know they are quite popular around here. So they must be worth the money. :)

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Although... Looking at Jetblacks website: http://www.jetblackespresso.com.au/shop/ac/coffee-cups-glasses/ The Pavinas are just under $12.5 each. But the black ACF cups equate to about $13.9 each. So if you prefer the acf cups, theyre not that much more expensive... :(

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    The Bodums are excellent at keeping things hot/cold, thats the whole point of the dual wall, creates an insulating barrier between inner and outer surface and they have a very clever silicone valve at the base to allow for expansion/contraction.

    Love mine!

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    I have some DiBella cap cups, some Pavinas Double Walls & two Terra Keramik - all are great for the intended purpose. My DBs are used for everyday cups, the Pavinas for non CS guests and the TKs for VIP guests (or just when I feel like spoiling myself). I probably could use the TKs more often, but treat them with kid gloves because they would be so hard to replace, so they are only brought out when someones over that understands the value of them and will handle them like eggshells.

    Id definitely recommend the DiBella ones for durability and, being that they are not that expensive, its not that heartbreaking if an accident happens.

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    The Bodums are very light weight meaning...

    Heavy hands, clumsy hands, a slight knock on a faucet even too strong water pressure in a dishwasher can result in nice but broken double walled cups.

    I have had mine (canteen, not Pavina) for over 2 years now and still have the original two that I purchased. Others have not been so lucky. As for heat retention, awesome, especially if you like to sit outdoors on a cool day sipping on a nice double espresso

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Yep, the double walls are great, they hold heat so well I often burn my tongue on hot drinks from them, as they dont really absorb any heat like normal cups, and remain cool to touch. They are however quite fragile as others have mentioned.

    I also like the look of how the beverage looks like its suspended.

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Thanks for all the replies! I think the Di Bellas will be fine for my everyday cups. The more Ive looked at the Pavinas the more I like them.

    Especially the suspended look that you mentioned artman! They might have to be a fathers day pressie for me! Only for use by those who appreciate nice things!

    Thanks again, Jai

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    The "Incasa" line of cups come in various sizes and shapes and are quite nice and very cheap in sets of 6. I have the 90ml "Faces" set that I got from my local coffee supplies shop.

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Duralex Picardie. I have them in various sizes. Theyre strong too, have dropped from on hardwood floors a couple times and not so much as a chip.

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Quote Originally Posted by 6B4E5D44494E43552F0 link=1333951870/16#16 date=1334500951
    Duralex Picardie. I have them in various sizes. Theyre strong too, have dropped from on hardwood floors a couple times and not so much as a chip.
    Duralex cups might appear to be tough but then one day it will drop at the wrong angle and smash into small pieces of glass everywhere.

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Quote Originally Posted by 0F232A2A29290F242D3F293E4C0 link=1333951870/17#17 date=1334531707
    Duralex cups might appear to be tough but then one day it will drop at the wrong angle and smash into small pieces of glass everywhere.
    Thats a good thing! Its safer than shards of glass. Its also why they frequently bounce ;)

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Another vote for Duralex. Yes, I dropped one in the dishwasher (slipped from my hand) and it shattered into hundreds of pieces. But, as Chris said, no shards: a bit like safety glass.

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    Re: Cheap cups.

    I would recommend trying to find a restaurant/catering supply store near you. I live in Brisbane and was just able to buy some very decent espresso cups for $1.50 each. They look identical to those I have used at my local cafe and for the money they cant be beat.


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    Re: Cheap cups.

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    The Pavinas are great for visually checking the pour and the resulting settling of the crema but as has been noted, the inside wall is very fragile. I broke one of my when washing it with a cleaning brush, now I only use a cloth to clean the remaining one.

    I have some espresso cups with the genovese logo that I bought years ago, red outside and white inside, probably my favourite espresso cup.

    Dom



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