Last Updated: 29-06-2020

10 Best Glass Coffee Cups 2020

Drinking coffee out of a mug is definitely a pleasant experience, but it’s certainly rarely a stylish one.

So if you’re looking for a more suave way to drink java, look no further than the glass coffee cup, a sleek, smooth and crystal-clear way to show off the rich colour of your blend as well as your irresistibly pillowy crema.

But beauty isn’t everything when it comes to a quality glass coffee cup and you need to make sure that the shape and design is comfortable and more importantly, that it’s features will help retain the perfect temperature for your brew, whether hot or cold.

So to help you find a sleek and soulful glass which is as practical as it is perfect, we’ve deep dived into the coffee glass market to find you a drinking vessel fit for a coffee king!

Our Top Picks

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John Lewis & Partners Coffee Connoisseur Americano Glasses
  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 11.5cm
  • Capacity: 320 ml x 2
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Whittard Nova Double-Walled Mug
  • Dimensions: 10 x 9.8 cm
  • Capacity: 350 ml
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Cove Calligraphy Personalised Glass Espresso Cup
  • Dimensions: 4 x 5.2 x 10.5 cm
  • Capacity: 60 ml
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The Best Glass Coffee Mugs & Cups

1.
John Lewis & Partners Coffee Connoisseur Americano Glasses

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 11.5cm
  • Capacity: 320 ml x 2

An exclusive to John Lewis, these classy americano glasses are designed with the coffee connoisseur in mind and are quite possibly the sleekest and sexiest a standard mug design could ever get.

Perfect for everyday use, it’s a great gift for those who want to enjoy the visual beauty of their coffee blend as well as savour the taste, with crystal-clear glassware that displays the rich body of your java for all to see.

But this set of two mugs isn’t just a pair of pretty faces, as a thicker, more durable glass ensures it retains high temperatures too and dishwasher compatibility means that cleaning these cups is essentially care-free.

Although some might find the oddly angled handle a little awkward, we merely find it adds to the overall attractiveness in what is genuinely an almost faultless pair of coffee glasses.

Reasons to Buy

  • Dishwasher & microwave safe
  • Soda lime glass material
  • Set of 2

Reasons to Avoid

  • Unusual handle

2.
Whittard Nova Double-Walled Mug

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 10 x 9.8 cm
  • Capacity: 350 ml

Whittards of Chelsea are renowned across the UK for their superior selections of premium tea and high-quality coffees, but their fantastic selection of tablewares.remains somewhat overlooked.

It’s time for that to change.

For extremely reasonable prices, Whittards offer plenty of decorative dining utensils, from fine bone china tea sets to imperious coffee cups and you’d be a fool not to at least have a gander at some of their glassware!

Made with the same love and attention they give to their charming gift boxes, this Nova Double-Walled Coffee Mug is simple and stylish, while still flexing unbelievable efficiency.

Crafted from heat-resistant borosilicate glass, it utilises an air-pocket insulation system which keeps drinks insulated and mugs cool to the touch.

It’s the perfect solution to end both cold coffee complaints and burnt, blistered fingertips!

Reasons to Buy

  • Double-walled insulation
  • Borosilicate glass
  • Dishwasher & microwave safe

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not part of a set

3.
Cove Calligraphy Personalised Glass Espresso Cup

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4 x 5.2 x 10.5 cm
  • Capacity: 60 ml

In our opinion, these personalised espresso cups and saucer sets from Cove Calligraphy are some of the most beautiful on the market, combining stylish, finessed engravings with stunningly transparent glassware.

Not only are these a supremely elegant little cup, but you also have the chance to make them deeply personal too, with Cove allowing up to 65 characters to get a heartfelt message scribed across the cup and saucer.

Unfortunately, the 60 ml capacity of this sweet saucer set ensures it’s only really suitable for the shot pulling, crema cravers in your life, but for the espresso enthusiasts, it really is the perfect gift.

A robust and smooth rim ensures comfortable handling and drinking every time, while dishwasher compatibility means easy cleaning without the threat of wear and tear to your brew-tiful inscription.

So what are you waiting for? Let the world know just how much your coffee means to you!

Reasons to Buy

  • Hand-engraved glass cup & saucer
  • Personalise any message
  • Dishwasher & microwave safe

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small capacity (espresso only)

4.
Glass Art Virtaage Unique Floral Green Nature Mug

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 8 x 13 cm
  • Capacity: 500 ml

Not every glass coffee mug needs to have a plain, unimaginative look and there’s plenty of options which showcase some more stunning designs and artwork while remaining true to a glass material.

This large capacity mug from Glass Art Vitraage is just one such marvel, boasting an intricate and intelligent floral green pattern which is hand-painted and hardened under high temperatures to ensure microwave and dishwasher safety! It also features a pretty, mountainous glass base, providing stability and eye-catching texture.

The sheer craftsmanship and effort that goes into making just one of these mugs is remarkable and means each piece is completely unique, making these mugs an ideal gift for that special someone.

Even if you’re not keen on the design of this one, we’d really recommend browsing through Glass Art Vitraage’s other fantastic work, as you’re sure to find a fantastically floral aesthetic that’s more to your liking.

Reasons to Buy

  • Huge capacity, Hand-painted design
  • Heavy duty glass
  • Every piece unique

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

5.
Retro 1960s Vereco French Blue Glass Cup and Saucer

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 13.3 x 6.3 cm
  • Capacity: 170 ml

A popular design from the 1960s, these Vereco French Blue cups and saucers are a chic and fashionable way to win the favour of the cooler coffee-drinking crowd.

Best for those whose homes rock a more vintage or retro feel, these charming models are back in business at the moment and are a great way to mix up your dull, lifeless cabinet of plain coffee cups.

Eventually bought by the bigger company Duralex, Vereco was a French company who specialised in tempered glass designs but saw their popularity dwindle throughout the 20th century as ceramics became more popular and glassware became more simple and refined.

Vintage items like this though are now gaining plenty of traction once again and you’ll now find thousands of Vereco products being sold to interested buyers all over Europe!

So why not join the gang?

At 170ml, this isn’t the biggest capacity cup in the world, but if the style is more important to you than substance, it’s definitely a winner!

Reasons to Buy

  • Vintage 1960s design
  • Cup & saucer set

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small capacity

6.
Lazer Girlz Personalised Glass Coffee Mug

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 11.5cm
  • Capacity: 453 ml

Another personalised piece of coffee glassware, this custom engraved large glass mug offers both single-sided and double-sided engravings to get yourself a seriously self-adorned drinking vessel.

But it’s not all about engraving and this glass’s delicate curves also provide a pleasant, appealing look, while a sturdy footed base adds stability and strength. It’s crystal clear glass construction also allows you expertly showcase your coffees and cocoas.

What’s truly brilliant about this glass though is that you can choose from 14 different fonts to have your initials or message engraved in, and you can actually request a design or graphic of your very own.

Designers will then send you a sample of your requested image for you to prove, making it truly the most customisable and personal coffee product out there!

Reasons to Buy

  • Personal engravings available
  • 14 fonts to choose from
  • Sets of 2 and 4

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

7.
Kinto Kronos Double Wall Coffee Cup

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7 x 10 x 8 cm
  • Capacity: 250 ml

Suitable for both hot and cold coffee drinks, the Kinto Kronos range of glasses features an unusual design in which the classic handle is replaced by a fashionable, raised inner rim to support fingers and offer an easy grip.

This gives it a far more interesting glass aesthetic compared to standard glasses, and it could well become the coffee cup of the future!

Yet another glass to boast double-walled construction, it gives drinks the fun optical illusion they are floating in mid-air as well as thermal insulation to keep coffee comfortably warm.

Made from heat-resistant glass and microwave and dishwasher safe, it’s as efficient as it is elegant!

Reasons to Buy

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Heat resistant up to 120℃

Reasons to Avoid

  • Product size and shape varies slightly in each item

8.
Bodum Double Wall Glass Set

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.6 x 11.4 cm
  • Capacity: 80 ml x 2, 350 ml x 2

Not everyone holds themselves to just one coffee order and so if you’re someone who likes to jump from espresso to macchiato on a daily basis, you may want to consider getting yourself a more expansive set of glassware.

This helpful collection from Bodum makes sure every one of your coffee craving guests is catered for, with two 350 ml standard glasses and two 80 ml espresso shot glasses included.

Made from mouth-blown borosilicate glass, these premium quality cups are double-walled for added insulation and a silicone valve at the base allows for changes in pressure, meaning rapidly changing temperatures won’t damage or affect the glass.

Dishwasher and microwave safe, it’s the most complete glassware set available.

Reasons to Buy

  • Set of 4 – with 2 normal glasses and 2 espresso cups
  • 250 & 450 ml options also available
  • Borosilicate and double-walled glass

Reasons to Avoid

  • No handles

9.
Vicloon Double Walled Glass Mugs

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 9.8 cm
  • Capacity: 250 ml

Made with ultra-light borosilicate glass, these glasses from Vicloon provide a highly unique layer of insulation and utilise a double-wall construction to prevent condensation forming around the mug.

Ultimately, that means no more burnt fingers, and no more table-staining water rings, two of the most common issues faced by all coffee drinkers.

The cups themselves are of premium quality too, with food-grade glass that’s highly durable, non-toxic and BPA free, a quality many glassware companies worryingly can’t promise.

In terms of heat-resistance they’re also one of the best available, so if you’re someone who likes your coffee at a lip-tingling temperature, have no fear, as this coffee cup can retain heats of up to 150℃, without transferring any of it to the outside of the mug!

Although unfortunately not dishwasher friendly, it certainly serves its purpose and then some when it comes to keeping coffee just how you like it!

Reasons to Buy

  • Borosilicate glass
  • BPA free
  • Retains liquid temperature from -20℃ to 150℃

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not dishwasher friendly

10.
Glastal Double Walled Coffee Glasses

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6 x 8 x 11.7 cm
  • Capacity: 250 ml x 2

Sporting a simple and flowing line, these hand-blown, double-walled glasses from Glastal are the result of high-quality workmanship and years of glassblowing experience, ensuring you gain the most premium glassware around.

Boasting a hydrophobic silicone membrane to equalize pressure between the glass walls, the glass can ‘breathe’ with the pressure created by cold or hot drinks, meaning no unwanted condensation forms on the glass surface or rim.

Providing two 250 ml glasses, Glastal is yet another coffee mug company to utilise borosilicate glass, meaning it will not be phased by even the highest of temperatures and also has no risk of shattering when going from high heat to freezing in quick succession.

Due to its construction, they’re unfortunately a little more delicate than others on the list and so it’s recommended you hand wash the glasses to ensure they remain in a stable condition.

However, in terms of efficiency, it remains one of the best.

Reasons to Buy

  • Anti-condensation glass
  • Hand-blown glass design
  • Set of 2

Reasons to Avoid

  • Hand washing recommended

Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine Buying Guide

Size

Checking the height of your glass coffee cup is vital before you make any purchases, as the size of a drinking utensil can sometimes render them incompatible with certain coffee machines.

In general, a traditional mug tends to not stretch much further than 10 cm in height and so if your coffee machine’s spout rests anywhere below that, you may have trouble squeezing it into place!

Price

The prices in glassware tend to vary quite wildly and you need to consider why some items might be more expensive than others. Pay too little and you’re likely to end up with a poor quality glass product.

Set Size

There’s rarely any point in buying just one single glass, even if you live alone. Because then how are you meant to serve any guests that come round? Personally, we would suggest single mugs to be bought as gifts, or at most just a personal treat for yourself.

Otherwise, it’s smarter to get sets of between 2 and 4, so your family and friends can always be catered for, as well as yourself!

Design

From personal engravings to pretty hand painted patterns, no one says your glass coffee mug has to be a disappointingly plain and clear cup. Try and find something which reflects your personal style or that matches the decor or other tableware in your house!

Other Features To Look For

Borosilicate Material

Borosilicate glass is made through combining the chemical components of silica and boron trioxide in the creation process. This makes it the most heat-resistant form of glass available, ensuring easier handling and longer lasting coffees.

Double-Walled Thermal Insulation

Double-walled glasses provide two layers of glass in their structure, with a pocket of air between the outer layer you hold and the inner layer which contains your drink. As well as appearing more visually exciting, it also improves the mug’s insulation and is thicker and sturdier in shape so can present cracking and shattering more easily.

Microwave & Dishwasher Safe

Being able to easily clean a drinking utensil which has the potential to become rife with coffee stains is incredibly important if you want your item to have any sort of longevity and maintain it’s crystal clear appearance.

A dishwasher safe product will not only get a better clean, but also eliminate risks of them being involved in a classic rough-handed sink wash that smashes the odd glass or three. Microwave compatibility also allows for re-heating drinks without damaging the shape or design.

Durability

Glass is not known for being able to survive falls from a great height or clumsiness and so if you are looking for a long-lasting glass it needs to promise thick, sturdy material. Of course, no type of glass is a miracle worker, but it helps to know if your item is scratch-resistant, thick and sturdy.

Handles

Weirdly, we feel like this is a commonly overlooked factor when buying mugs and cups, as it’s a given the handle should be a simple and faultless shape. But in the quest for style, many mugs and cups get it oh so wrong and others neglect having one at all. So just remember, being able to properly hold your glass is absolutely everything!

FAQs

How much should I pay for a glass coffee cup?

In general, you shouldn’t really be paying more than £20 for one glass coffee cup and if you are. It better be coming with some kind of engraving or special hand-drawn artwork!

This is because sets of 2 durable, good standard coffee glasses can be as cheap as £14 these days and so on average, you only want to pay £7 per glass.

How can I tell if a coffee glass will fit my machine?

Unfortunately, most coffee machines don’t provide much information on what size glasses are compatible with them, as many assume they’ve left amples of space for just about anything to fit into.

This means you’re going to have to do a bit of measurement on your machine to determine whether a glass is going to be a good fit.

Measure the space between the cup stand/ drip tray and the overhead. Ideally, you want your coffee machine to provide around 13 cm in height or more for the standard to be able to fit.

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