I do like a cup of tea. Whether it’s black tea with a dash of milk, or some scented jasmine flowers, it’s a comforting way to start the day. Sometimes I fancy something a bit stronger and indulge in a cup of coffee. I usually go for large milky coffees but occasionally I wish I had a taste for short espressos, not least because of the adorable little coffee cups to drink them from.
Although much of the vintage china that we find when out shopping for Nancy’s Tea Shop is for tea, there are some beautiful coffee cups and pots around too.
These Bell china espresso cups are completely different from the Shelley and Coalport ones. They have a comfortingly solid shape while the china itself is still very fine. I love how the tiny green polka dots balance with the green band at the base of the cup and inner circle of the saucer. I’m so attached to this little set that we’ve not yet put them on Etsy!
Whilst all of the cups above are obviously for coffee, some cups are slightly smaller than standard tea cups but not so small that they’re easily identified as coffee cups.
All of these sets above have cups that look like traditionally shaped coffee cans, with straight sides yet their size is in between an espresso cup and a tea cup. I think they’d be good for coffee or tea, depending on what takes your fancy!
I’ve put some more pictures of these lovely vintage pieces on my new Tumblr account
Right, I think it’s time for a cuppa…