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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 popular beverage.

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.

 

 

 

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