What is a Demitasse?

demitasse via flickrA Demitasse, pronounced [dem-i-tas], literally means “half cup” due to typically being half the size of a full cup.

Demitasse originated in France in the 1800’s and made of porcelain or fine china and decorated elaborately or simple.

It’s purpose is for drinking stronger coffee such as espresso (single or double shots) and Turkish coffee. Today’s demitasse average cup measures around 2-2 1/2 inch tall with a 4-4 1/2 inch diameter saucer. It may also be served with a demitasse spoon on the saucer.

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Jennifer has been in the coffee industry since 2003. She started Daily Demitasse to educate and share her experience with other passionate coffee enthusiasts, from a Barista, Cafe Manager, shop Owner and freelancer perspective. When she's not working or blogging, you can find her at Transpire Life.

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