We are now serving our coffees at the café in our new custom-made cups from Sydney-based ceramicist Malcolm Greenwood.
We first met with the perennially clay-covered Malcolm last year & were on the same page from the get go; we set out to create cups where form followed function. As a consequence, we did away with conventional cup form that had little or no function.
Size wise, after much testing, we set out to create a 150ml cup for regulars & a 300ml for large, doubling the espresso & milk & keeping the ratio the same, letting both sizes deliver to our desired taste profile.
Then into further details…
Handles can be fiddly things, not adding much other than a Leaning Tower Of Pisa effect atop the espresso machine. Subscribing to the belief that if it’s too hot to hold it’s too hot to drink, we asked Malcolm to create handle-less cup samples for our customers to try, using his textured finish for a tactile effect. People enjoyed cradling their coffee so much that handles died a sudden death.
Next to go was our poor unsuspecting latte glasses, caught in the no-handles cross fire. We got to thinking that we don’t prepare our lattes any differently from flat whites & the glass doesn’t retain heat as well as ceramic. Not a latte drinker in the house protested & with that, latte glasses were axed.
Espresso cups were next to go. Seriously.
Even the smaller-nosed espresso lover struggles to sink their nose into a traditional 70ml espresso cup, & with smell & taste being closely associated, we were keen to break the delay between sniff & sip by serving espresso in a larger vessel that allowed the smelling & tasting simultaneously. We conducted some taste tests of our Reservoir blend in our 70ml espresso cups versus our new 150 ml sample cups amongst our café team, our customers & our coffee team at the roastworks. The 150ml came up trumps each time; the cups weren’t large enough to deplete the espresso’s structure or heat, but were large enough to get your nose into the cup as consuming.
“The cups are made of porcelain & fired to 1300 degrees Celsius. The inside of the cups are glazed with a clear glaze & the outside has a black slip, as do the saucers. A brown-black finish was selected to contrast the coffee tones. I am really excited about them! ” Says Malcolm.
Head barista Sean McManus “I can’t wait for thousands of people to experience their coffee in a whole new realm.”
So come cradle a flat white & get your nose in for an espresso! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
For all our customers who have been asking if they are available to buy, we have released limited stock online so get in quick, click here.