They are so clear I cant even see them.
This is the thread that Id like to become the place to talk about all things cups/mugs/glasses for coffee...and especially the place to post about your collection of drinking vessels (as there are even bowls out there for drinking from!) So please, take a photo of your collection or your specific faves from your collection, give us a story about them and all of us collectors can ooh and ah! (or feel jealous envy because we dont have them) ;)
So, Ill kick things off with a picture of the pride of my collection (which was recently reverently handed over to me whilst I was in Sydney!) and no, Ive not yet had coffee out of them...that is to come...
In case you dont know what these are, they are the Illy Crystal espresso cups. (and yes, I took this photo.)
They are so clear I cant even see them.
I can see the photo...are you saying you cant TG?? :-/
Originally Posted by 485854544F5A645C5A573B0 link=1249251823/2#2 date=1249284885
I think he is being cheeky / or his eye sight is worse that he lets on...
Must be all those kicks to the head :D
Thats a great photo Scoota - now make a coffee and use them! ;)
^Hmmm....might have some Shire Blend left to christen them with... :D ;)
I actually wore my glasses to day but no I couldnt see them before.Originally Posted by 153A33312619353A35333139313A20540 link=1249251823/3#3 date=1249285155
I normally dont have a problem viewing CS from work (home now and can see them).
Im guessing this thread hasnt headed in the direction you hoped scoota! ;D
;Originally Posted by 516D706B616077626A61050 link=1249251823/6#6 date=1249291828
No...typical really... ;D ;D
Where did you get them from Scoota? Im liking what I see and it might be a counter salvo in my ongoing battle with the Other Half regarding buying new & shiny glassware/crockery for when we move into our own place. (she says it looks nice, I say theres nothing wrong with spending $50 at opshops for a first dinner set ;D)
Hmm...I think that they are a rare breed now. I have heard that there arent many in captivity at all! ;)
I can tell you where I got them...but I dont think that they will be able to get more for you!
And you know that these are more than 50 bucks PER glass, dont you!?
Very rare - I dont think Ill be importing more, even if they become available. ;)Originally Posted by 485854544F5A645C5A573B0 link=1249251823/10#10 date=1249308597
Plus the cost of the saucer!Originally Posted by 485854544F5A645C5A573B0 link=1249251823/10#10 date=1249308597
They better make the espresso sing for you at that price. :oOriginally Posted by 3424282833261820262B470 link=1249251823/10#10 date=1249308597
I have been searching for those illy crystal glasses all over the net I had a laugh. I think they are beautiful.Originally Posted by 6B69656D6D6364790A0 link=1249251823/12#12 date=1249337088
Beautiful cups and a very nice photo, sg. :)
My parents came out on the weekend (to see us, but I know they really come for the coffee ;)). My mother brought with her 4 little cups and saucers that they got as a gift for their wedding - over 51 years ago. The cups are about the size of a demitasse and are fine bone china. On the base - A.G.R Made In England. Unfortunately, theyve become a bit crazed over the years (crazed as in fine surface cracks, not crazed as in too much caffeine!).
They are too fine for my taste as coffee cups (I like my ACFs and Rockinghams), but we had some Jasmine tea in them (nice palette cleanser ;)) and Julies found a nice spot for them in her antiquey / knick-knack cabinet.
Along the same theme as Scoots pic above (although not the same quality of photography :-/) :-
Hey Greg, they are a lovely set of cups. From the photo, they dont look as crazed as you say they are. Definitely keepers!
To me, the Illys are an investment. Since Im not into hanging art on my walls (rather, I prefer photos and a rather large aircraft propeller!) Ive invested in these glasses instead. Theyll be sure to last me a lifetime! And something that will be a nice inheritance for some future coffee snob generation...
*goes off to get the photography thread up and running...*
Exactly 8-)Originally Posted by 4D5D51514A5F61595F523E0 link=1249251823/16#16 date=1249378542
Beautiful little buggers, no doubt and the coffee tastes great too. Im not into storing things like this away in the back of a cupboard though. Much prefer to have them readily accessible so that I get to enjoy them personally every now and again.... ::) :)
Hopefully, I wont damage any of them by the time Im ready to bequeath the set ;)
Lets see everyone’s favourite cups for their daily drinks !
1) Mikasa 300ml Latte or Pour Over with Milk *
2) Paladin China 250ml Syphon & Pour over
3) Royal Doulton 270ml either Tea or Flat White
1) Illy Rosenthal Espresso (Wife’s Espresso cup)
2) ACF Espresso (Mine) like the thicker walls
3) Royal Doulton 200ml Syphon & Pour over
Anyway theres plenty more but these get a hammering *:D
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I need glasses ::)
Started this thread (well thought I had) and a few days earlier it had already been done Duh :-[
Oh well I know the cure and it has caffeine in it :)
Thought I would add some of mine, a few ACF, some different Bodums. Would love to get some like Scootas.
You can tell I have a day off... :D
This morning, I decided to spare no expense and enjoy the total experience of great coffee from a great glass...
A beautiful thing...two actually ;)
Great photo Scoota,
Ive appreciated, but not loved, these cups until now. *That photo has sold me though. *
It just sums up a perfect day - perfectly! *[smiley=thumbsup.gif]
Thanks for sharing that feeling - Carrie :)
Here is one I picked up to day just the right shape and thickness to keep the coffee hot. They are Maxwell Williams Pollcadot ...
They look great on the warming tray with all that stainless.. :D :D
Come on Fathers Day ;D ;D ;D ;D
As I was purchasing some fresh Ethiopian Limu this afternoon, (roasted just the way I like it!) these caught my eye. 110 ml full to the very top, they are great for my standard 100 ml piccolo lattés. And only $20 a set. ;D
Happy present to me, happy present to me, happy present dear Greg, happy present to me! :)
Scoota, your cups are delicate treasures & likely future heirlooms ...
Redzone...my collection is like yours...a somewhat eclectic mix of favourites.
Gra...those polkadot cups look so cute...
My fave cups are in the Dishwasher so I have to wait for the cycle to finish until I can add to this thread...
Congratulations on the purchase, Greg. I have exactly the same set and really love them. I also having a matching set with identical designs that are each about 180mls. Ive seen them in "mug" style as well.Originally Posted by 5D687F7D4D7568777B767E1A0 link=1249251823/26#26 date=1250666168
Best wishes, Russell
;DOriginally Posted by 6C696E6C70791C0 link=1249251823/27#27 date=1250666387
Hope they come out clean... ;)
Its a photo shoot day here today... ;)
Thought Id take a new shot of my collection. Note that Ive only included a sample of each cup I have, if I had put them all out theyd never fit in the frame! *:o
I think that my favourites (apart from the Illys!) are the enamel demitasse, as I picked them up in Florence, Italy and so not are they only cute but have fond memories attatched to them too!
I also have the usual collection of mugs but they only get used for tea these days!
Scootagal, those crystal Illys are beautiful.
Whilst no where near as beautiful as other collections, I love my current line up (a bit embarrassed about the logo on the wire handled cups, though - purchased about 5 years ago with a kilo of supermarket coffee before I knew what I was doing. Still a good cup, though!)
My very generous Son clicked on "buy now" and got me this jug for my birthday recently. Funny I only put it on my watch list as a matter of interest ;D
Anyway as you can see its really nice ! Purchased in the States about 30 years ago, anyone familiar with them (made in Hong Kong)?
The more I looked at those beautiful Illy crystal cups, the more the idea of having a set grew on me.
It also helped that the better my coffee gets, the more likely I am to drink it either as a straight ristretto, or as a macciato.
So in the end, I sent my money to Singapore, and a set of 4 arrived today. They are as beautiful to use as they are to look at.
A suitable photo will be taken, as soon as I work out what it will be.
Thanks scoota--both for the photo(s), and the measurements.
Congratulations Greg - if they came from where I think they came from, they are an absolute bargain and about half the going rate!!!
I have to say that that was also a consideration. ;DOriginally Posted by 06272C2C2B31420 link=1249251823/35#35 date=1254397495
And therefore......cmon Greg give over!....its not like they are to be seen on Antiques roadshow this weekend,they sure are purdy, how does on get in on them vessels
The reported rarity of these initially made me sceptical about their "genuine authentic" claims but from the hint Im guessing they are the ones described as "standard bar cup" type Illy crystal/nude - ie sans collectors packaging (which I guess are the rare ones?)
Looking up the difference, other than packaging, the bar cups are normally inscribed "illy espresso" rather than "illy collection"... which I suspect is somewhat academic for the crystal (clear) cups *:-?
Anybody know more about the differences?
Originally Posted by 3E2E2C3F28344D0 link=1249251823/38#38 date=1254481542
A bit of on-line research led me to believe that the Illy Crystal (or nude) cups were never either inscribed or put out as collectors. I may be wrong about this.
The cups I bought have the density and clarity of crystal, look like the pictures of the Illy cups I have seen, and have no inscriptions, casting identification or anything else on them. They came in off-the-shelf wrapping and without spoons.
What the hey--I like them.
Yep, you got it right Scarey.
The original Illy nude crystals were never inscribed. The ones I was able to locate last year and again earlier this year, came from Europe. The packaging was in a box with Illy photos and logo and came with the matching Matteo Thun designed teaspoons, stamped with the Illy logo as in scootas photo above. A sugar container with the Illy logo printed on it was also in the box.
Alas, my supplier had just a few sets and there was a waiting time before a couple more became available.
I remain surprised that they are available from this supplier and particularly at the asking price, when the sets that I purchased were much closer to Illys original asking price and for similar collections from the same manufacturer.
Perhaps the only way to find out for sure if these new offerings are the genuine article, would be to contact Illy via email. :-/
Thanks Greg & Dennis - as long as the cups are the same then this is even better - Id be less inclined to use the collectors cups *8-)
Thought I would add a pic that I think is nice.
Never quite thought that BIC lighters were that much of a collectors item; the slightly of centre focus with teh coffee cup to misdirect is a nice touch..*;DOriginally Posted by 2728223423273524460 link=1249251823/42#42 date=1255153778
I finally got the pic I wanted--both the Illy crystal and the pour.
I think I might make it my new avatar.
Hmm. I dont know if its my imagination or not, but there seems to be a few small differences with the Illys I have.
a) The clear band around the outer circumference of the saucer appears to be narrower on mine, and,
b) The rims on mine are round from the outer edge without any sign of a chamfer.
Could just be the angle of the photos...which are very nice by the way.
Great pic Greg!!
AM I should have maybe cut those lighters out but it was a spur of the moment picture ;D
These hand mades out of Africa are my favourites.......[img][/img]
Heres another one with some of the golden juice (15mm double) and without my burnout as a backdrop........[img][/img]