Terra Keramik Cups
Yes, yes, I've been negligent of my blogging duties. Deal with it. More updates soon!
For the moment, I thought that I should begin by sending a shout-out to Reto at Terra Keramik. I first saw his cups on Mark's obscure coffee site a few months ago and thought that they looked kinda neat. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, Reto had sent a sample down to me to see whether or not cups function the same on the other side of the world. I figured that the least that I could do is blog about it.
coffee stuff talks about the packaging in nauseating detail?
This photo is dedicated to those reviewers ;P
At times, the 5oz tulip seems like the holy grail of cups. Pun intended. The espresso to coffee ratio is just perfect. (Especially according to the Italians and the WBC!) In the domestic sphere, where equipment can be more difficult to work with, one can base their cappuccino on a double ristretto or even just cut a double espresso short. Pro baristi with less tempremental equipment can easily split a double espresso into two cups safe in the knowledge that the espresso flavour will not be overwhelmed with milk.
In terms of latte art, the tulip cups aren't bad, but the king will always be the bowl-shaped cup. The problem is that the 7oz really needs a double shot as a base ... or perhaps a shot and a half or something wierd like that.
Cassie works with me at First Pour.
I tend to avoid having pour-offs with her!
Finally, I had a few little chips near the handle of the cup and some of the platinum seemed to rub off the saucer rim in the dishwasher, which is obviously rather irritating.
Now, as soon as Reto heard about this, he offered to replace the cup. Which is ludicrously generous considering that postage for a single cup costs almost as much as the cup. Plus I presume that it must take more time to package the cups than it takes to make them ;P In any case, these cups are premium products that command a premium price, so it's good to know that they come with the requisite level of support.
My verdict? I'm the sort of person who loves high-quality stuff with simple and clean designs, so I love my morning cappuccino in Reto's cup. Obviously the price is going to be an issue for many people - myself included - and the most anal of the anal would do well to re-read the pluses and minuses above. If the espresso cups are similar to the cappuccino cups, though, it's difficult to see what anyone could criticise about them. The glaze and rims are stunning, the volume seems to be perfect and the weight will be an advantage. Illy artistry meets Nuova Point practicality. I'd buy them before Illy, but, unless I get a few hundred in tips next time I pull a godshot, I don't think that that will be soon.