The Different Types Of Cappuccino Cup
The vast majority of cups and mugs are ceramics, meaning they are constructed from clay and heated in a kiln-fire before usually being glazed to give them a more suitable appearance.
Although a lot of cups will have their material described as ceramic, higher quality items tend to boast a more detailed description of the material, as different clays and kiln-methods can create pottery that vastly differs in its properties, colour and strength.
Here are some of the many you may see when browsing, and how they differ from one another.
Created using lower temperatures, Earthenware creates a practical ceramic that’s sturdy and so great for everyday use. It’s plainish colour and low heat production also means there is more scope for design and colour customisation.
One of the most durable forms of ceramic, it’s ability to withstand chippings and scratches have seen it become one of the most commonly used materials. Can also withstand intense heat making it oven and microwave proof.
Slightly more delicate than other ceramics but still displaying good strength and durability. It is often white or translucent in colour.
Unlike bone china, fine china uses synthetic bone ash to make it a more affordable option whilst still boasting strength and delicacy.
Made from 40% bone ash, bone china is a thin yet durable material which is both microwave and dishwasher safe. It’s often more expensive than other ceramics and is traditionally seen as a formal tableware material.
Features To Look Out For
We already know most cups are ceramic, so if possible, try and find out what specifically the type of ceramic the cup you desire uses, as some will suit you better than others. Stoneware is the most durable material, but the most clunky in appearance, whereas bone china is the most delicate but a lot more appealing in look.
Rather than using coasters, saucers can provide a classier, matching look for your cup while still mopping up excess spills and preventing the staining of your surfaces. Be prepared to pay a little extra though for this aesthetically pleasing feature.
Dishwasher, Oven & Microwave Safe
Cups these days need to be able to handle everything within the technological hubs we still call our kitchens, with dishwashers and microwave ovens being crucial machines your mug must be able to survive. After all, easy clean and easy heat cups are going to make your life a lot easier!
Remember these cups are going to be seen around your home and perhaps even displayed, so make sure to pick one that goes with the colours of your home or existing china and tableware sets to avoid creating eyesores and colour clashes!
The typical cappuccino cup shape will be around half the size of a standard coffee mug and will have a curved shape, which starts out as wide at the top before becoming smaller and thicker at the base. This is imperative to ensuring the cup maintains heat!
One thing we noticed in particular with regards to cappuccino cups is that they can get very pricey, even when all you’re buying is one mug! Make sure if you are spending a lot of money on just one product, it’s craft, design and brand name all reasonably add up to the sum suggested!