September 2, 2012 Nathan

A Mug’s Game: How I ended the search for the perfect home coffee cup

Picking the right cup for coffee making at home is pretty tricky. There are all sorts of cups on the market from the dual walled and incredibly fragile Bodum beauties (seriously, dropping one of those, or having a professional curtain cleaner who’s in your house to clean your curtains as you’re about to move and knocks one off the bench, is a heart wrenching experience), down to el cheapo ugly white catering cups that you might find in your average conference facility.

I’ve got some old colourful cups that are, frankly, looking a little tired, and some beautiful white demitasse cups that my parents brought me back from a trip to Italy that are nice, except that my wife drinks piccolos and the small cups are not quite as thick and substantial as the big ones.

After a couple of trips to Brisbane cafes that sell the beautifully weighted D’Ancap cups (at Cup, and Uncle Joe’s) I got a little bit of cup envy, and had a look for Australian retailers. They’re pretty hard to find. You can buy them from here, but the Palermo which is my favourite, is $13.50. Which is a lot if you want to buy four.

I didn’t want to spend $60 on new cups. But I still wanted something heavy and in the ‘tulip’ shape that I love. So I looked around some more. And I found these Rockingham cups. From Hospitality Direct. I bought blue 90mL cups ($4.25), and blue 180mL cups ($5.46) – it appears that postage is included in these prices, because I didn’t pay anything more. And I like them lots.

A chance mishap with a heavy bowl in the kitchen sink gave me the opportunity to get some idea just how thick they are.

I like them lots.

They’ve got a great weight, they were relatively cheap, and they look nice. So they get my tick of approval.

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About the Author

Nathan Nathan is a coffee lover, home roaster, amateur barista and coffee tinkerer. He's married, has two kids, one turtle, and for a day job works for Creek Road Presbyterian Church. He previously worked in PR. This blog is his attempt to make coffee tax deductible.

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