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Thread: Best size espresso glass?

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    Best size espresso glass?

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    So I'm in the market for new coffee glasses.

    I like my coffee black (no sugar) and strong.

    I like the look of these old-school Duralex Picardie style glasses (see below), but with so many different sizes on offer, it all gets a bit confusing.

    My question: given my coffee preference, what size should I be going for to maximise use of the glass and heat retention?

    Nb. can we keep units metric & not imperial?
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    Best size espresso glass?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bhodi View Post
    So I'm in the market for new coffee glasses.

    I like my coffee black (no sugar) and strong.

    I like the look of these old-school Duralex Picardie style glasses (see below), but with so many different sizes on offer, it all gets a bit confusing.

    My question: given my coffee preference, what size should I be going for to maximise use of the glass and heat retention?
    For espressos I’d suggest not using glass, but rather porcelain demitasse. These usually run about 70 to 90 ml capacity.

    The duralex are suitable for some milk based drinks.

    No doubt they are good quality though. The mrs bought a whole bunch at the Peters of Kensington sale.
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    Porcelain is the preferred material for heat retention.

    We have our Ancap espresso cups from 55ml to 75ml

    https://www.casaespresso.com.au/ancap-italian-cups.html

    Cheers

    Antony
    www.casaespresso.com.au
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    I can say from personal experience these cups are nice. Nice looking, nice to hold and nice to drink from. Got a set of from Antony sometime back.

    Chris

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    Try the Avanti (or competitor) dual wall borosilicate. Even my 80ml one keeps the heat in for over well 20 minutes (drop of about 10 degrees Celsius over that time frame). My very heavy porcelain cannot get close to that. Roughly the same resistance to breakage.

    Three other pluses:-
    1) you can see exactly how the pour is going. That helps a lot to verify / improve your technique.
    2) they are well under half the weight, so they are easy to manoeuvre.
    3) They work just as well for cold drinks (iced coffee or afrogato anyone?)

    Needless to say, now I have sets ranging from 80 to 450ml I now use them for all drinks, whether hot or cold. I probably should get rid of a few dozen conventional cups and glasses as they are now obsolete in this household.

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    I have some Duralex ones (the small ones which are 90ml I think) and they’re fine, but I prefer my dual wall Bodum glass one. I probably use porcelain demitasse cups for espresso more often, but the Bodum gets used fairly regularly as well.
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    Double wall ones tend to have better thermal retention in this regard, cheaper brand actually tend to crack easily so get bodum
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    Thanks for the tips! Seems like the double wall ones are the way to go.



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