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For those who are picky about the beverage that is unique to the country of Italy, a six-ounce cup of espresso is a treat for the senses. There are specific techniques in brewing and serving Italian coffee, whether it is Italian espresso or cappuccino. The standards for proportions, temperature and brewing time to make a Certified Italian Espresso is set by official organizations such as the Italian Espresso National Institute. Espresso is the base for making other drinks such as cappuccino, caffe latte or cafe mocha.
When one goes to the trouble of brewing the beverage with such care, it should be served in the finest porcelain cups. Porcelain from the country of Italy has a long history in the world of antiques and is still synonymous with quality wares. When the combination of fine porcelain and carefully brewed coffee are joined in a single serving, it becomes an event, rather than just a cup of coffee.
Espresso servings are brewed by pressuring water at nearly a boiling temperature through very finely ground coffee beans. This process results in a brew that is usually thicker than that of other methods of preparation. Espresso usually has a greater concentration of solids, both suspended and dissolved. A cup of espresso will have a creamy foam on the top, known as crema. The result of the pressurized brewing process is a very concentrated flavor and chemical composition.
Cappuccino is a coffee beverage which begins with a base of espresso, to which is added hot milk and form of steamed-milk. Originally, cream was used rather than milk. The name comes from the color of the habits of Capuchin friars.
Whether you prefer espresso, cappuccino or one of the other espresso-based beverages, the way in which they are served makes a difference in the enjoyment of the drink. When you serve one of the drinks to guests in your home, the elegance of designs from Italian artisans on the cups and urn will add to the special feel for the occasion. A cup of coffee served in one of the fragile cups is a event rather than just a “grab and go” drink in a paper cup.
The finest porcelain has been available to buyers and collectors since years. It is created with the highest quality raw ingredients fired at the optimum temperatures. The result is an elegant, yet dense porcelain which is also durable. The decorative touches added by the artisans makes the cups things of beauty as well as functionality.
Classic designs on the porcelain range from fantasy figures to natural objects such as flowers and birds. The designs may be muted or bold in nature and color. The shapes of the porcelain ware coordinate with the colors and designs which are part of the object itself.
Finding a design for the beverage serving cups is easy when you browse the selection online. There are many shapes and colors which are suitable for casual or elegant dining. Your coffee beverage is prepared with care and precision, it should be served with flair and elegance.