Espresso Cup

The small white porcelain cup, traditional for espresso in Italy and France, with 2 oz. double shot serving size as opposed to the 1 oz. single shot, the “short” shot (or ristretto), is perfect for the very beverage that emerges from the huge brass machines in coffee bars. It is now common for coffee bar chains (such as Peets or Starbucks or Caribou Coffee) to issue collectible cups for in-house service with their logos and shapes distinctive to them. Nowadays, even espresso might be served in a paper cup. But the little unembellished white porcelain cups are the classic, this one acquired around 1990 to serve coffee from a home espresso machine
Object Name
espresso cups and saucers
Physical Description
porcelain (overall material)
overall: 2 3/4 in x 3 in x 2 1/4 in; 6.985 cm x 7.62 cm x 5.715 cm
overall: 3/4 in x 4 in; 1.905 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food Culture
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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