Help with cafe mug sizes
What are the best mug sizes for say small/regular/large lattes/cappucinos, short blacks, etc? I've tried looking online but couldn't find any standards, and many of the online retailers have vastly different sizes so I have no idea where to start. Is this why some cafe's have really milky coffee's despite having the same shot size?
Yes, they can vary greatly.
Roughly speaking, espresso cups are usually around the 70ml mark, larger cups tend to range from 160ml - 280ml and beyond.
Personally, I use 280ml cups for latte/flat white/caps that I find are right for me with a 30ml espresso shot in them.
If you enjoy coffee from a specific place, see if you can get the size of the cups from them.
Otherwise, I would suggest if you like less milk to coffee ratio, try a 160ml cup, otherwise look into slightly larger. Once you go above a certain size, I think you'd have to be in double-shot territory :)
This is explained well in a blog on five senses - Coffee with milk: I’d like mine coffee flavoured please (hopefully not bad code/against regs to mention that here) and possibly in other topics here too.
I have 200ml mugs and when I pull a single off one side of my double portafilter (making two coffees) I get a weaker cappucino then I'd like. I do seem to get a larger single shot from my single basket when stopping both at what I see as blonding and this is closer to the strength of cap I'd like.
I seem to have 18g double basket and was thinking of eventually getting a 20g VST basket.
Eventually I'll actually measure the actual shot size my 2 baskets deliver. Also, I will measure officially that my mugs are 200ml.
The biggest cup I ever use for myself for a double shot is a 160ml although I have a set of 220ml Maxwell & Williams White Basics for guests that like a big bucket of milk.
I notice that a lot of cafes (even here in the sticks) have a 160ml cup available these days, although you do need to confirm that they intend to put a double shot in it.
I had a smile the other day when I bought a Latte at a country bakery. I specified the smallest take-away cup (about 200ml) with a double shot and only half-full with milk. The "Barista" was very concerned that it would be too strong - insisted that I try it before leaving.
As another point of reference, you can also look at the cup sizes of ACF cups (used in many cafes)... cappuccino is 160ml, espresso 70ml.
I think a good idea would be to try before you buy though. I am a double shot flat white drinker myself, and found the coffees I make at home using my 18g VST basket are best served in a 170ml cup to my tastebuds.