Farnsworth & Loyd Stainless Steel Espresso Cups, Set of 4

Last updated date: February 14, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 18 expert reviews, the Farnsworth & Loyd Farnsworth & Loyd Stainless Steel Espresso Cups, Set of 4 placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 20, 2020:
Checkout The Best Espresso Cup for a detailed review of all the top espresso cups.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
201 user reviews
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What experts liked
For something a little more avant-garde, you could try Farnworth & Lloyd’s stainless steel demitasse set. These cups comfortably accommodate a standard normale and are also designed with handles. So, although the makers insist that these cups keep the heat inside the drink so you won’t burn your fingers, you may feel more secure with a handle to hold. The set comes with a black, silver, or dark red finish to blend with your kitchen décor scheme.
- Roasty
Less fragile than its glass and porcelain counterparts. Cool to the touch. These cups are functional, durable, and come a a great price
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What experts didn't like
Paint on the outside can chip over time. Some also reported that stainless steel cups alter the taste of the espresso
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From The Manufacturer

Farnsworth & Lloyd set out to build a set of espresso cups that were handsome, functional, durable, and affordable. After exploring the other espresso cup sets available we knew we could do better. We needed espresso cups that could look good and work well in the office or at home. The Demitasses had to be insulated, but not bulky or fragile. Finally, the set of espresso cups must be affordable without being cheap - something you could confidently purchase for yourself or offer as a gift. We think we have achieved that with the Farnsworth & Lloyd Stainless Steel Double Wall Espresso Cups, 2-Ounce, Set of 4 Black Espresso Cups.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Kitchables Espresso Cups, Set of 4
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 3
2. JoyJolt Insulated Espresso Mugs, Set of 2
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Evaryl Double Wall Espresso Cups, Set of 4
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 1
4. Aozita Espresso Cups with Saucers and Spoons, 12-Piece
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Sweese Stackable Espresso Cups with Saucers, Set of 6
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
6. Hoomeet Ceramic Espresso Cups and Saucers, Set of 6
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
7. Zenco Living Espresso Cups, Set of 6
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
9. Gibson Espresso Set with Rack, Set of 13
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 1
10. DeLonghi Double Walled Espresso Glasses, Set of 2
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Espresso Cups

Espresso cups are more than just tiny coffee cups. There are several details to look for when shopping for the best espresso cup for your kitchen.

The first factor to consider is the size of the cups. A demitasse, which means half-cup in French, holds 2 to 3 fluid ounces. An espresso doppio normale is essentially a double shot, which fits best in a 3.5- to 4-ounce cup. Choosing the smallest container possible based on your beverage preference is best, as the crema will spread out and disappear more quickly in a larger cup.

Next, pay attention to insulation and the materials used in the cups. Glass cups with double walls keep beverages hot while preventing the outside of the container from burning your fingers. Alternatively, white ceramic mugs are a clean, classic addition to any coffee bar.

Finally, notice any added features that could make one set of espresso cups stand out over another. Handles can make holding your drink more comfortable. A collection that includes extras, such as spoons and saucers, provides all you need to create a cafe experience at home. A storage rack keeps the cups tidy and accessible.

Considering what is important to and appeals to you will help you select the best option.

DYWM Fun Fact

Espresso might have been the first example of fast food, innovated during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In the 19th century, European workers enjoyed drinking coffee. However, the time it took to boil water and brew a pot of hot “joe” was prohibitive to busy employees.

In 1884, an Italian inventor named Angelo Moriondo patented a steam machine that made coffee beverages almost instantly. However, the device could only produce large quantities of the drink.

In 1902, another Italian inventor, Luigi Bezzera, patented his machine that used force by pressure, steam, and hot water to brew individual cups in just 30 seconds.

The Espresso Cup Buying Guide

  • Some espresso aficionados say that a hot espresso cup enhances the enjoyment of the beverage. You can preheat your espresso cups before using them by filling them with boiling water and dumping it out just before pulling a shot.
  • Even if an espresso cup is marked as safe for everything from the dishwasher to the microwave, never pour hot liquids into a cold glass or ceramic cup and never add cold liquid to a hot cup. The sudden contraction or expansion could cause the cup to shatter.
  • Consider handwashing glass or delicate ceramic espresso cups. Although they might be dishwasher-safe, the small size and fragile composition make them susceptible to breaking, especially if they hit against another item in the dishwasher.
  • In addition, some consumers report that putting double wall glass cups in the dishwasher leaves them cloudy due to condensation between the walls.