What is a Demitasse and How Does It Affect Your Coffee?

When it comes to our sense of taste, our senses of sight, smell, and touch have a lot to do with it.

There are those who argue that one can take the best coffee in the world and drink it out of a paper cup and it will still taste like coffee out of a paper cup. It is like drinking good wine from a China jam-jar as it somehow lowers the quality of taste.

Lawrence Luellen – a Boston inventor and lawyer who concocted the first version of disposable coffee cup in 1907 — has a lot to answer.

The fad of Dixie cups – as they were dubbed after the dolls who had the name first – might have died out were it not for the Spanish flu of 1918.

This plague swept across the world like a wild fire out of control, and killed more people than World War 1. Millions died and it was discovered that the spreading of germs was the reason. No it wasn’t a good idea for five people to share a drinking cup, particularly if one or more of them had the flu to pass on.

Consequently, the disposable culture was launched and it grabbed a deep and lasting claw-hold in the United States: plastic bags, Styrofoam take-away containers, disposable water bottles.

So while paper cups may always be with us, the porcelain or stainless steel demitasse for good espresso or cappuccino makes perfect sense. And it tastes better.

Where does the word demitasse come from?

Translated from French literally, “demi” means half and “tasse” means cup. “Half a cup” describes the small often glass containers used to serve Turkish coffee or espresso, often after a meal.

What are the best “half cups” to buy? A fast Internet search will help you narrow the list of possibilities. According to mydemitasse.com,  you are spoiled for choice, so it depends on your taste, style, and budget.

What is the best design?

The best design award goes to “Le Bleu Bean Espresso.” These large, square, porcelain cups come with their own individual holders and can be stacked for easy storage. Being square is a deviation from the traditional round design, which makes it an interesting conversation piece.

What is the best value for money?

This accolade is bestowed on Bormioli Rocco Verdi. These Italian espresso cups are made from clear tempered glass and steel. Coffee drinkers can watch the milk mix with their brew of choice and enjoy the aroma as it wafts up through the round, open rim.

Which are the best no-handle espresso glasses?

Unlike traditional espresso cups, the DeLonghi Double-Walled Thermo glasses don’t have a handle. As the name indicates, the glasses are made of borosilicate and are double walled so coffee lovers don’t have to worry about burning their fingers.

These elegant and sleek glasses can also be used with both hot and cold beverages. They are also dishwasher friendly.

Are there any classic espresso cups?

Yes, and Cuisinox Espresso was picked as the best-in-class. These white porcelain cups match every kitchen décor and make great gifts. Companies wanting to promote their logos, can get them printed on the cups for some good marketing exposure.

How about stainless steel rather than porcelain?

The East Eagle double wall stainless steel cup was identified as being resilient, sturdy, and easy to clean. Being eco-friendly is another plus for these espresso cups that are sure to last forever.

What are the best espresso cups for cupboard-friendly storage?

People without a lot of cupboard space will want to check out the HIC 9-piece Coffee Tea Set. With four cups and four saucers, it has an open easy-to-use storage option that doesn’t waste any waste space.

These porcelain cups and saucers are also microwave safe, which gives them another merit point.

Are all espresso and cappuccino cups white?

Fortunately, there are colors to be found. Check out Le Creuset Stoneware Set of 2 cups that add a splash of color to a morning expresso.  They come in truffle brown, cherry red, and Marseille blue.

What is good coffee?

Once the espresso cup decision has been made, it is time to decide which coffee to put in them.

While most people will agree that instant isn’t really coffee, the description gets a touch more muddled after that.

It is also important to remember that no two coffees are created equal. So, while some people swear by coffee from Brazil, others won’t touch anything that isn’t Ethiopian.

According to Jaime Duque and Luis Fernando Velez – two coffee connoisseurs who opened “Amor Perfecto” or “Perfect Love” in Bogota, Colombia– there are about 36 flavors that can be tasted in coffee. Like wine, these flavors depend on the bean, the soil, the weather that year and a litany of other factors.

The tastes of the particular coffee depend on the fragrance of its beans, and its aroma when mixed with boiling water. Additional words to describe coffee include balance, sweetness, body, color, and aftertaste.

Ultimately, the answer to the question “What is the best coffee?” comes down to personal taste, culture, and availability. So, pick your coffee brew of choice and get some elegant demitasse cups to drink it from. No paper cups here, please.

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