There are roughly three sizes of coffee cups, which can determine the concentration of a cup of coffee. Generally, the smaller the volume, the stronger the coffee in the cup. In high-end coffee shops, the most common cups are only half the size of our usual water cups, which are somewhat similar to black teacups. The personalized coffee cups commonly used in the office are about the same size as the widely used ceramic cups. The large coffee cups provided are twice as large as regular coffee cups.
Get the wrong coffee cup size. Your favorite caffeinated beverage may not be delicious enough. Each type of coffee has a different coffee cup size. For example, the Italian Espresso Institute has established precise requirements for the perfect espresso cup size. Other standards are not so strict, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't understand them. In addition to the difference in size, what other characteristics do these three sizes of coffee cups have?
This article provides a detailed overview of the standard and special coffee cup sizes and introduces more tips on choosing a high-quality coffee cup. You will be able to have a better choice for any coffee or occasion.
Coffee Cup Size Guide
Choosing different coffee cup sizes depends on your lifestyle and coffee preferences. In other words, you won't shoot Espresso in an oversized travel mug, and you won't carry an espresso cup with you. Each type of coffee is best enjoyed from a cup specially designed for it. Knowing how many ounces in a cup of coffee helps make a quality brew and measure caffeine. In this post, you will learn the standard coffee cup size.
Common Coffee Cup Sizes
- Small coffee cups (50ml-80ml) are generally called espresso cups, suitable for tasting pure, high-quality coffee or strong piping hot Italian coffee. For example, Espresso, which is only about 50cc, can be consumed almost in one sip, but it leaves behind coffee's mellow and warm temperature. The Cappuccino with milk foam is slightly larger than the Espresso. It would be best to have a coffee cup with a wider mouth to show the rich and beautiful foam.
- Medium-sized coffee cups (120ml-140ml). It is the most common coffee cup. For light American coffee, choose this cup. The characteristic of this kind of cup is that there will be space for people to make their preparations, such as adding milk and sugar. Sometimes it is also called a Cappuccino cup.
- Large coffee cups (above 300ml) generally are mugs or special milk coffee cups. Coffee with a lot of milk, such as latte and American mocha, mugs can keep its sweet and diverse taste. The romantic French people usually use a large bowl of milk coffee to exaggerate the joyful mood that lasts all morning.
Standard coffee cup size by coffee types
Usually, the standard cup size is between 8 ounces and 10 ounces, suitable for drip coffee. On the other hand, the cup can be up to 15 ounces or larger to suit those who need adequate caffeine. As we all know, each coffee type also requires a different cup size. Depending on the coffee you like, the cup may be larger or smaller than the standard. Some cups belong to the Barista standard. It means that they fit perfectly on the coffee machine. Below we will introduce the standard coffee cup sizes for the most popular coffee types.
Espresso cups are usually between 2 oz and 3 oz, but there are also 3.5 oz and 4 oz models. These cups are also called Demitasses and are designed to accentuate the flavor of Espresso. They have a broad frame and narrow base. The ideal cup for espresso Italiano is a white cup without any internal decoration, oval shape, and a capacity of 50-100ml (1.7-3.4oz).
Coffee cups for Cappuccino are usually twice the size of espresso cups, ranging from 5 oz to 6 oz. The rim can be wide, but the base is still narrow. Usually, a cappuccino cup comes with a saucer.
The latte cup looks more like a bowl. It can contain 15 ounces of coffee. Essentially, the latte cup allows people to add all the extra ingredients for making a latte. Various shapes are perfectly designed for pouring milk froth and creating some latte art worth admiring.
- Oversized cup
Oversized cups are used for a large classic and large latte. As for the classic model, it usually contains 20 ounces and 25 ounces of coffee. Oversized lattes may be bigger than this. Due to its ample capacity, the oversized latte cup is often used as a snack or even a soup bowl.
- Standard Coffee Mug
10 to 16 oz. In a past life, I ran a promotional products company. And we sold a lot of coffee cups (pallets and pallets full of coffee mugs). The standard utility coffee mug is ten fl oz.
- Travel mug
This type of coffee container belongs to a particular category. You can choose a flip-top or a classic travel mug. When it comes to capacity, travel coffee cups can hold 15 ounces and 20 ounces of coffee. If you don't want to be disappointed with overpriced takeaway coffee, why not make coffee at home and take it with you? You can't simply choose to use a water bottle and expect everything to be okay. What you need is a good travel mug for coffee.
- Starbucks coffee cup
Starbucks uses a lovely naming system to indicate different cup sizes. The options you have are Tall, Short, Venti, and Grande. Each name represents a specific number. You could find more details in another article that introduced Starbucks cup sizes.
Type of coffee
Different Coffee cup Sizes Around the World
As you can see, a "standard" coffee cup size can be considered as 6 to 8 ounces. That is big enough for typical brewed coffee and cappuccinos. However, standards are not international. Since the USA is the only country aside from Liberia and Myanmar to use the Imperial measurement system, 8 ounces is not accepted everywhere. The standard sizes of coffee mugs in North America are often much larger than those from other countries. North American coffee drinks are often 14 ounces or more. The smallest size is a 12 oz cup in a typical American coffee shop, but customers often purchase a larger size. Why is the coffee cup sizes different between countries? The main factor is the type of coffee popular in each region.
- In North America, coffee shops will mix plenty of milk, cream, and sugar with coffee to make it taste better and to make a bigger cup.
- In other countries, many people prefer smaller cups of richer flavor, like espresso and espresso-based drinks.
Another factor in the different-sized coffee cups is the various measuring systems around the world. You should know that there is no cohesive unit of measurement.
- In the United States, people use the imperial system, which defines a cup as 8 fl. oz. (or 240 ml).
- In Japan, a cup is 200 milliliters. But the traditional Japanese unit is 180.4 ml.
- In Latin America, a cup can be between 200 and 250 ml.
- In Canada, a cup is 250 milliliters, which is the metric standard. But a Canadian cup is actually 227 ml.
How to get a great coffee cup?
Coffee cup material
Coffee cups are generally based on ordinary ceramic cups and high-end bone china cups. Ceramic cups are suitable for coffee with deep roast and intense flavor, and bone china cups are ideal for coffee with a lighter taste. To preserve the rich aroma of coffee and reduce the temperature drop, the coffee cup has a narrow mouth and a thicker body, which is very similar to the appearance of a black teacup.
A pottery cup is suitable for brewed coffee with a strong taste.
Porcelain is the most common material, which can perfectly interpret the delicate aroma of coffee. The bone china coffee cup made of high-grade china clay mixed with an animal bone meal has a soft color, high density, and good heat preservation, making the coffee in the cup cool more slowly and is the best way to express the coffee flavor.
The placement and warming of coffee cups
Placement method: There are two types, the cup handle on the right is American style, and the cup handle on the left is British style.
Warm cup: The bone china coffee cups can be used for warming cups to seal all the coffee flavors completely. The easiest way is to directly flush cups in hot water or put it in a dish dryer to warm them up in advance. Although it is only a simple step, it is an indispensable key to preserving the aroma of coffee.
Coffee cup cleaning
- After drinking the coffee, just rinse it with water immediately to keep the cup clean.
- Long-term use of coffee cups, or failure to rinse immediately after use, you should soak the cup in lemon juice to remove the coffee stain. You can use neutral dishwashing detergent, wipe the coffee stain gently, and finally rinse with water.
- You must not use a hard brush to scrub and avoid using strong acid and strong alkali cleaners. The surface of the coffee cup will be scratched and damaged, which will affect the coffee flavor.
A good cup of coffee comes from two aspects: an experienced barista and good equipment. However, although we can buy the best coffee machines, grinders, and coffee beans to make the coffee beverages we crave, some small details are often overlooked, which is the coffee cup. Believe it or not, a perfect cup of coffee is inseparable from the cup. Don't choose the wrong coffee cup size. This article will help you make sure you are using the best coffee cup.