We’ve gathered the 10 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. Whether you're after a colourful duo, luxury set or chic, simple addition to your mug collection, we've got you covered.


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Best espresso cups to buy at a glance

  • Best budget espresso cups: John Lewis fine china espresso cups set of 4, £8
  • Best espresso cups for gifting: Oliver Bonas Clarence ceramic espresso cups set, £39.50
  • Best non-handled espresso cup: Anna + Nina checkered espresso cup, £14
  • Best colourful espresso cups: Eleanor Bowmer espresso cups duo, £14.95
  • Best dinner party espresso cup set: Royal Doulton Coffee Studio porcelain espresso cup & saucer set, £50
  • Best pottery espresso mug duo: Nkuku Mali ribbed espresso mug set, £25
  • Best neutral espresso cup duo: Denby Studio grey espresso coffee cups, £30
  • Best espresso mug: Le Creuset stoneware espresso cup, £17.72
  • Best budget espresso cup: Nordic Nest Bitz espresso cup, £6.06
  • Best luxury espresso cup set: Rick Stein Coves of Cornwall cup and saucer set, £58

Best espresso cups to buy 2023

John Lewis fine china espresso cups

John Lewis Striped Fine China Espresso Mug, Set of 4, 85ml, Assorted, £8 copy

Best budget espresso cups

A bargain at under £10 for four cups, this is a great starter set. They have a smaller 85ml capacity than some of the other espresso cups we’ve seen, so are best for extra short and strong espresso!

Oliver Bonas Clarence ceramic espresso cups set

Oliver Bonas espresso cups

Best espresso cups for gifting

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This pretty set makes an ideal housewarming gift for a coffee-lover. Each cup has a different colourful Art Deco geometric pattern and comes in a smart box ideal for gifting, no wrapping required! A teapot and cafetière in the same pattern are also available.

Available from:

Oliver Bonas (£39.50)

Anna + Nina checkered espresso cup

Anna + Nina Checkered Espresso Cup £14.00 copy

Best non-handled espresso cup

Ditch the handle and sup from a delicate bowl-design espresso cup with this colourful, hand-painted option. We love the cheery checkered print and it is available in a whole range of matching kitchenware, from bowls and plates to egg cups!

Eleanor Bowmer espresso cups

Eleanor Bowmer Miami Shells & Dalmatian Dot Fine China Espresso Cups, Set of 2, 100ml, Multi, £14.95 copy

Best colourful espresso cups

If you don’t take your coffee too seriously, this colourful duo will brighten up your coffee break. In contrasting Dalmatian and shell-print patterns with glossy gold handles, they make a statement for under £15. They are made of delicate china but can still be put in the dishwasher.

Royal Doulton Coffee Studio porcelain espresso cup & saucer, set of four

SELFRIDGES ROYAL DOULTON Coffee Studio porcelain espresso cup & saucer set of four £50 copy

Best dinner party espresso cup set

This smart set is an investment that is chic to bring out for serving coffee after dinner. Complete with saucers, the delicate porcelain set in muted neutral tones is actually still dishwasher and microwave safe.

Available from:
Selfridges (£50)
John Lewis (£50)

Nkuku Mali ribbed espresso mug set

Mali espresso cups

Best simple espresso mug duo

If bright colours and patterns aren’t your style, try this simple pottery duo. Handmade in India (as part of a scheme to provide employment and training for people from disadvantaged backgrounds), rustic terracotta is dipped in a white glaze for pleasingly tactile mugs. Larger coffee mugs in the same design are also available.

Available from:
Nkuku (£25)

Denby Studio grey espresso coffee cups

Set of 2 Grey Espresso-Coffee-Cups

Best neutral espresso cup duo

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.

Available from:
Denby Studio (£30)

Le Creuset stoneware espresso cup

Le creuset deep blue espresso cup

Best espresso mug

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.

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Nordic Nest Bitz espresso cup

A matte white espresso cup

Best budget espresso cup

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.

Available from:
Nordic Nest (£6.06)

Rick Stein Cove of Cornwall espresso cup set

Set of 4 blue and white espresso cups

Best luxury espresso cup set

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.


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