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Collection of Cups, Volume 1
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Cup Collection, Volume 1

Over the years, I've amassed quite a collection of espresso, cappuccino, and coffee cups. Below is roughly half my collection, with information on them, where I got them from, how much they cost, etc.

A couple of notes. First, the camera never changed position on any of these pictures - the focal length (85mm) and the physical distance to each cup is the same (with the exception of the first picture, which was closer). I did this to show you the relative sizes of each item. Next, other than running them through auto-levels in photoshop (a technique to brighten the images a bit), these are unretouched. Lastly, I just noticed... I don't have a lot of colorful cups... it's either glass, white, or steel. Yikes! I need some color in my life! (ed note - man, has this changed with my illy cup fascination)  And speaking of color, Jeanette hand painted me the background pattern. Pretty cool, eh?

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Latte Steel - $20
Bought from the defunct Eatons, tall latte / bar glass with matching spoon and saucer, limited edition, $20 for a pair.
Cafe au Lait - $5
One of my first Vancouver purchases, from Ikea. Big 16oz bowl perfect for cereals or authentic cafe au lait.
Lg Espresso, $14
Bought off eBay, set of four for $14. Handmade, handpainted, about 4 ounces total size. Awesome bright colours.
365 Espresso, $4
From Ikea's 365 series, $4 (Cdn) per cup and saucer, Jeanette bought me 2 of them.
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365 Cappa, $4.50
Also from the 365 selection at Ikea, these are nice shaped white porcelain, a bit thin though.
365 Cups
Espresso and cappuccino cups side by side for comparison
Cappa Cup, $4.25
Nice cups from www.espressosupply.com, 7 ounce capacity.
Espresso Cup, $3.75
Espresso cups from Espresso Supply, bought a set of four, a semi-traditional cup with thick porcelain.
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Two Cups
Both Espresso Supply cups, side by side for comparison. I like the simple lines.
Shot Glasses, $2
1 ounce straight to the line, these are great solid shot glasses bought from a Vancouver restaurant supply shop for about $2 each
Heavy Shot Glasses
These come from www.espressosupply.com and cost $2.75 each. Heavyweights, 1oz to the line.
Shot Glasses
Here's a comparison shot of the glasses so you can see the size difference. I prefer the small ones.
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Bodum Bistro Cup
These are the first "cool" cups I ever bought, in 1992. 7oz cups, hard to find any longer. Called "tea cups" by Bodum.
Espresso Pitcher, $4
Espresso pitcher bought from ECM in Vancouver for $4 Cdn per pitcher. I bought a couple. You have to look the role, right? ;)
Steel Shot Glasses
These are from Starbucks, very cool looking, but not cool to handle - even with the rubber, they are too hot. Now rare.
Steel Cappuccino, $34
Steel Inox cappuccino cups from www.baratza.com are sold $34 per pair, and worth it - easily the best insulated cups I've ever used.
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Steel Espresso $31
Same cups, but in espresso size. The only thing bad about these cups is the saucer, which doesn't match the cups' finish. Price is per pair
Comparison
Here's a comparison of the cappuccino cup with the espresso cup. These are the best insulated cups I've ever tried.
Titanium Espresso
These were custom made for me by a company I once did work for - they work Ti materials. These are extremely unique, and based on a design of a cup one of the owners has.
Tramontina Espresso
Used to be very rare, but now Tramontina is making them again (Bed, Bath and Beyond has them). $16 per pair when I bought them in 1994.
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Glass Espresso, $10/4
At first, I thought these were "da bomb" because I saw them in a glossy advertisement. Now they're sold everywhere. $10 for four.
Glass Cappa, $13/4
Matching cappuccino size. Again, these are good looking, but every kitchen store in Vancouver now has them.
Comparison
Here's a comparison photo so you can see the size differences between the two cups.

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