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Best espresso cups

Published: June 23, 2021 at 9:35 am
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If you're looking to expand your cup collection or searching for the perfect present for the coffee lover in your life, we've gathered the best espresso cups to make your morning coffee extra-special

We’ve gathered the best espresso cups to add to your collection or to gift the coffee lover in your life, from handcrafted cups and personalised pottery, to ceramic mugs and more. 

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Looking for a coffee-based gift? Take a look at our best coffee mugs, best coffee gifts or celebrate with a smooth coffee cocktail.


Best espresso cups

Denby Studio grey espresso coffee cups, £24.50, John Lewis & Partners 

Buying a present for an espresso lover? A pair of Denby Studio espresso coffee cups, handcrafted and expertly glazed by craftsman, would make for a thoughtful and practical gift.

Set of 2 Grey Espresso-Coffee-Cups

Pavilion glazed stoneware espresso cup, £24, Selfridges

Treat yourself to this sophisticated stoneware coffee cup finished with a matte white interior and soft washes of purple, navy and black. Its calming colours and abstract pattern will sit beautifully alongside your coffee cup collection and it may just become your new favourite thing to drink from.

Glazed stoneware espresso cup

Ceramic espresso cup, £13, Etsy

Drink your morning macchiato in style with one of these hand-thrown ceramic cups. Each one is handmade, meaning no two cups are the same. Making these cups takes weeks of throwing, trimming, drying and glazing, so you know your cup is produced exclusively for you.

Three speckled espresso cups

Personalised Bright Poppies small mug, £15.95, Emma Bridgewater

Surprise a loved one with personalised pottery from Emma Bridgewater. Made from English earthenware, this small and delicate mug adorned with poppies is perfect for short coffees, such as espresso or cortado.

Personalised mug featuring Poppys and the name Mary

Espresso cups, £5o (set of four), Trouva

Rick Stein’s elegant espresso cups and saucers, inspired by the land and seascape of Cornish coves, will bring a touch of seaside charm to your collection. The calming designs were the winning entry in a competition Rick Stein launched to final-year art and design students at Falmouth University. 

Set of 4 blue and white espresso cups

Espresso mugs in stripe, £11.50, Basalt & Dune

These charming handcrafted espresso cups, finished in a dove-grey hue and gentle stripe design, hit the spot for a small caffeine hit.

Two Espresso Mugs, one stripe and the other in plain dove grey

Coloured handle ceramic cups, £26, Nade Store

These stylish, textured stoneware cups are the perfect size for your morning espresso, with a transparent gloss glaze on the interior and a coloured glazed handle in either glossy yellow, soft pink or matte white.

Coloured Handle Ceramic Cups

Image credit: Emilia Cocking


Stoneware espresso cup, £12.36, Wayfair

Inject a pop of colour into your kitchen with a Le Creuset stoneware espresso mug, perfectly sized to hold just the right amount for an espresso. The vibrant cups, including deep blue, red and orange options, are made from heat-retaining stoneware that keeps coffee warm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy every sip.

Le creuset deep blue espresso cup

Stripe Delight espresso cups, £25, Not on the High Street

These handmade mini ceramic cups, decorated with a quirky stripe design in summery shades of yellow and green, are perfect for an espresso or flat white enjoyed out in the sun. You can double these up as mini tumblers for wine, too.

Yellow and green striped espresso cup on a table outdoors

Bitz espresso cup, £5, Nordic Nest

A pair of these sophisticated matte stoneware mugs, with a minimalist design and traditional Nordic aesthetic, would make a great addition to any tablescape. Each cup is crafted by hand with a special glaze, making yours entirely unique.

A matte white espresso cup

We’ve gathered the best espresso cups to add to your collection or to gift the coffee lover in your life, from handcrafted cups and personalised pottery, to ceramic mugs and more. 

Looking for a coffee-based gift? Take a look at our best coffee mugs, best coffee gifts or celebrate with a smooth coffee cocktail.


Best espresso cups

Denby Studio grey espresso coffee cups, £24.50, John Lewis & Partners 

Buying a present for an espresso lover? A pair of Denby Studio espresso coffee cups, handcrafted and expertly glazed by craftsman, would make for a thoughtful and practical gift.

Set of 2 Grey Espresso-Coffee-Cups

Pavilion glazed stoneware espresso cup, £24, Selfridges

Treat yourself to this sophisticated stoneware coffee cup finished with a matte white interior and soft washes of purple, navy and black. Its calming colours and abstract pattern will sit beautifully alongside your coffee cup collection and it may just become your new favourite thing to drink from.

Glazed stoneware espresso cup

Ceramic espresso cup, £13, Etsy

Drink your morning macchiato in style with one of these hand-thrown ceramic cups. Each one is handmade, meaning no two cups are the same. Making these cups takes weeks of throwing, trimming, drying and glazing, so you know your cup is produced exclusively for you.

Three speckled espresso cups

Personalised Bright Poppies small mug, £15.95, Emma Bridgewater

Surprise a loved one with personalised pottery from Emma Bridgewater. Made from English earthenware, this small and delicate mug adorned with poppies is perfect for short coffees, such as espresso or cortado.

Personalised mug featuring Poppys and the name Mary

Espresso cups, £5o (set of four), Trouva

Rick Stein’s elegant espresso cups and saucers, inspired by the land and seascape of Cornish coves, will bring a touch of seaside charm to your collection. The calming designs were the winning entry in a competition Rick Stein launched to final-year art and design students at Falmouth University. 

Set of 4 blue and white espresso cups

Espresso mugs in stripe, £11.50, Basalt & Dune

These charming handcrafted espresso cups, finished in a dove-grey hue and gentle stripe design, hit the spot for a small caffeine hit.

Two Espresso Mugs, one stripe and the other in plain dove grey

Coloured handle ceramic cups, £26, Nade Store

These stylish, textured stoneware cups are the perfect size for your morning espresso, with a transparent gloss glaze on the interior and a coloured glazed handle in either glossy yellow, soft pink or matte white.

Coloured Handle Ceramic Cups

Image credit: Emilia Cocking


Stoneware espresso cup, £12.36, Wayfair

Inject a pop of colour into your kitchen with a Le Creuset stoneware espresso mug, perfectly sized to hold just the right amount for an espresso. The vibrant cups, including deep blue, red and orange options, are made from heat-retaining stoneware that keeps coffee warm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy every sip.

Le creuset deep blue espresso cup

Stripe Delight espresso cups, £25, Not on the High Street

These handmade mini ceramic cups, decorated with a quirky stripe design in summery shades of yellow and green, are perfect for an espresso or flat white enjoyed out in the sun. You can double these up as mini tumblers for wine, too.

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Yellow and green striped espresso cup on a table outdoors

Bitz espresso cup, £5, Nordic Nest

A pair of these sophisticated matte stoneware mugs, with a minimalist design and traditional Nordic aesthetic, would make a great addition to any tablescape. Each cup is crafted by hand with a special glaze, making yours entirely unique.

A matte white espresso cup

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