Riedel's Latest Glass (June 17, 2004)
Riedel, the Austrian glass designer that has given the world a shape
for virtually every varietal wine, has come up with a container for another
Following its all-black glass to hide the wine's colour and the stemless
wine glass for bachelor apartment dwelling, Riedel has just introduced
glassware for the espresso drinker.
How does the Riedel espresso cup differ from your usual espresso holder?
First of all, it's made from clear crystal rather than opaque ceramic
"to allow the deep brown of the coffee and caramel-colored crema
(foamy cap) to be clearly admired from all angles," according to
the press release. The Riedel design is cylindrical with straight sides
to intensify aromas. Wide-brimmed, narrow-bottomed cups apparently dissipate
"espresso's delicate aromas." The new cup has a ridged, holeless
handle that does not transmit heat and is large enough for a man's fingers
to hold as opposed to dainty "ears" that most men can't
get their fingers through.
The saucers are oblong-shaped so that they can easily be grasped at one
end with space enough to hold a biscotto. The bottom of saucer is notched
to anchor the cup.
And you thought a coffee cup was just a coffee cup.
The price for a boxed set of two espresso cups: $59 US.