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How Your Choice of Cup Can Make Coffee Taste Better

23 December 2020
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Cups come in a wide variety of shapes, colours, sizes, and materials. Most of us have a go-to cup for our homes and offices – but did you know that your choice of cup affects the taste of coffee?

Due to the sheer variety of options, we are here to help you choose the right coffee cup. In this article, we list out four deciding factors to assist your selection.

Shape and Size

If you are a frequent café-goer, you would have probably noticed that espresso shots are served in a short and narrow cup. A latte or cappuccino, on the other hand, is served in a larger and wider cup. 

Most of us might not stop to think why these coffee beverages are served in different cups – but it actually matters.

Imagine being served a shot of espresso in a tall glass. By the time it reaches your lips, it would be cold and bitter-tasting. That is why for espressos, a narrow cup helps us to focus on its aroma and flavour in a small space.

On the other hand, a wider shape allows for a more accentuated aroma that lattes and cappuccinos bring. As these beverages are served with milk and foam, the larger surface area allows heated milk and espresso to combine smoothly without creating bubbles.

Here’s where you can get the right cup for your latte, cappuccino, and espresso shot.

Material

a cup of latte art in a glass cup
Do away with the glass cups – they may look pretty, but aren’t great for holding and heat retention. Photo from Becca Tapert.

When it comes down to coffee cups, there are endless possibilities in terms of what they can be made out of. Coffee cups are traditionally made from porcelain or glass, but there are two alternatives that have proven to make coffee taste better.

Ceramic coffee cups are not only shatterproof but also retain the original taste of your coffee. Unlike stainless steel or porcelain cups, ceramic neither absorbs nor imparts flavour. Furthermore, with its heat retention capability, it provides you with consistency in temperature and flavour, ensuring that your first sip is no different from the last.

Check out the world’s first shatterproof ceramic cup here.

Another material that wins the hearts of coffee connoisseurs is Borosilicate. It is a special type of glass that is thin, lightweight, and resistant to thermal shock. This makes it much more durable and safe to use. Furthermore, these glasses are also dishwasher safe, making the cleaning process more convenient.

When was the last time you cleaned your coffee machine? If you can’t remember, here’s why you should.

Insulation

two espresso cups placed beside a box
De’Longhi’s range of double wall thermal glasses are made with Borosilicate to keep your coffee hot for longer. Featuring the Espresso Double Wall Thermal Glass. Photo from De’Longhi.

Coffee tastes best when it is hot. But that doesn’t mean that you should reheat your coffee, which is one of the most common mistakes that coffee drinkers make.

Here are 11 common mistakes that you probably make when brewing coffee.

To better retain your coffee’s heat, coffee professionals recommend double wall thermal cups. These cups are designed with a special air channel between its inner and outer layer to not only maintain the coffee at the right temperature for longer, but also for comfortable holding.

Ready to get your double wall thermal glass? Get your first pair for SGD24.90 or MYR75.

Spill and leak-proof

de'longhi x sttoke reusable cup in blue colour
With a spill-proof reusable coffee cup, travel with ease and peace. Featuring the De’Longhi x STTOKE Ceramic Reusable Cup. Photo from De’Longhi.

Always on the move? It is best to get a travel cup, which has a few different features compared to a coffee cup.

No one wants to start their morning with a coffee stain on their clothes. That is why when choosing a coffee cup for outdoor use, one of the most important factors you should pay attention to is the lid. For starters, a screw-on lid is more secure than a snap-on lid. In addition, play it safe by choosing lids that have double-layered rubber seals to ensure a tight seal between the lid and cup.

Before deciding on a reusable coffee cup, use this guide to help you make the perfect choice.