Coffee Cups in Cafes: 5 Best Coffee Cup Options For Your Home or Cafe

 Last Updated March 16, 2024

After visiting a few cafes you will start to notice that they tend to use the same types of cups, mugs, and glasses. If you're setting up a coffee bar at home or looking to open a new cafe, you might want to use the same styles of cups that are popular. In this post we're going to be listing the types of coffee cups cafes use, so you can too!  

Coffee cup cafe

Coffee cups you can find in cafes.

What type of coffee cups do cafes use?

There are five main types of coffee cups cafes use, they are: ceramic cups, take-away cups, demitasse, mugs, and latte glasses.  Below we have listed popular ones used in cafes and what drinks are made in them.

1. Cafe ceramic cups

The most common cup you will find in cafes is the ceramic cup. These are the most used sit in cups, and are used to make lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites, long blacks, and more. You will find that most cafes will use a cup with a wide base. This is because it makes them easier to carry and to make latte art in.

Coffee Cup Cafe

Ceramic coffee cup

We like this coffee cup from coffee zone. It's well made and a great option for both homes and cafes. It also comes in a range of colors.

2. Take-away cups

The next most popular cup is the take away cup.  These lightweight, disposable vessels are the backbone of takeaway coffee, adorned with cafe logos as they parade through city streets. You can make every type of coffee in these cups from americanos to mochas.

Takeway Coffee Cups

 If you want to make coffee "to go", these white take away cups are a great option. They are easy to write on and also come with a sleeve to make it easier to hold when hot.

3. Demitasse espresso cups

If you're looking to make smaller drinks like espressos or short macchiatos then you need a proper sized cup for this. This is where demitasse cups come in. Cafes use these types of cups as it would look silly to put a small beverage in a large cup. Also these smaller cups help keep the beverage hot as it's made to size.

Espresso Cup

A good quality espresso cup is made of ceramic or porcelain with thick sides to keep the small drink hot. These ones from IonEgg have both of these traits and they come in a range of colors.

4. Mugs

"Would you like your drink in a cup or mug"? This is the most common up sell you will hear in cafes. But hey, there's no such thing as too much coffee! Mugs are an essential cup to have in cafes and also at your home if you want to make bigger beverages. Anything that you can put in a cafe coffee cup can go in a mug - just bigger.

Cafe Mug

Cafe mug

The great thing about mugs is that they come in a big range of styles, but most modern cafes use mugs similar to these from Mora with a textured ceramic feel.

5. Latte glasses

The final type of cup you will find in cafes are not a cup, but a glass! You use glasses to make lattes, long macchiatos, affogatos, or iced-beverages. You will find that glasses are more often used in Australia and New Zealand and third wave cafes. Most cafes in the USA or Canada will use cups instead of them. It really depends on your local cafe trends.

Latte Art Glass Cafe

Latte glass for cafes

We like these glasses from MHW as they're well built and also have a wide top to allow for easier latte art. Check them out!


And there we have it, I hope you now have a good starting point for the type of cafe coffee cup for your home or cafe. A good cup can speaks volumes about a cafe's ethos, style, and branding. And if you're making coffee at home, you will be able to give your guests the full cafe experience by giving them the correct vessel for their beverage.

About The Author 

Ivan Bez

Ivan is the founder of Latte Art Guide and a barista with 10 years of experience. He loves coffee and aims to help people improve their coffee making skills.

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