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

Associated Place: United Kingdom: England

Subject: Food Culture


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Food, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2012.0124.03Catalog Number: 2012.0124.03Accession Number: 2012.0124

Object Name: espresso cups and saucers

Physical Description: porcelain (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2 3/4 in x 3 in x 2 1/4 in; 6.985 cm x 7.62 cm x 5.715 cmoverall: 3/4 in x 4 in; 1.905 cm x 10.16 cm


Record Id: nmah_1427246

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