I was at Tea Smith yesterday and I was very much enjoying the tea I was drinking, and the owner remarked that they were his favourite cups to drink from. “The lip” he said, “disappears!”
So I grabbed 7 of them and took them in to work. We’d talked about sourcing tea cups for Penny University for certain coffees (like the Yirgacheffe) where we thought a cup could really enhance it.
Having tried brewed coffee (and enjoyed it very much) I couldn’t help but want to try espresso…
It was really, really good. Embarrassingly good – you couldn’t help but feel a little self conscious drinking from the cups – but true to John’s word – the lip disappeared.
A few thoughts in my head to finish – because this is really just a fun little post:
1 – We really need to explore the vessels we serve coffee in. I like owning diner mugs a lot more than I like drinking out of them. I know it has been brought up before, but we still haven’t really done much
2 – As Tim would point out: Is there any way you could get something like this into service without coming across as being incredibly pretentious?
3 – I now want to buy lots of different tea cups. I worry this could get expensive. If anyone has any recommendations I’d be interested!
4 – The disappearing lip thing is one of the reasons I really hate hot espresso cups. I don’t want to notice the cup, and a scorching hot cup is really quite a distraction. I also really enjoy espresso when I barely notice its temperature – when it is close enough to body temperature that all you thinking about is texture and flavour. This may also seem a little pretentious but I’ll survive…