Dining espressocups

Published on March 15th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Espresso cups

Materials: Vaken

Description: Needed some cups (unbreakable) for my Handpresso coffee maker. I sawed the top of some Vaken plastic cups and polished them up with a very fine grain sandpaper. Got double the amount of cups for a third of the price of the originals.

~ Michael, Milton Keynes – England

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16 Responses to Espresso cups

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Nothing about this hack makes sense. The comments give some logical explanations, but why doesn’t the gentleman who originally posted please clarify the “double the amount of cups for a third of the price of the originals” comment? Curiosity is killing me here!

  2. Anonymous says:

    i must be stupid .. i have no idea what this hack is about .. :(

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wait, no, I think I got it:
    He already had the 4 frosted cups, which where the “originals” that came with the Handpresso. He needed more, but these “originals” are expensive, and breakable. So he made 4 more cups from the Vaken (giving him twice the # of cups he originally had), and the Vaken are 1/3 the price of those “originals.”

    Agree with commenter above that I wouldn’t put hot coffee in a plastic cup.

  4. Anonymous says:

    He should have bought Ikea egg cups. White small strong china just right for cuban expresso.

  5. Anonymous says:

    He cut the Vaken glasses in two and sanded the bottom half.

    In the top photo, the frosted halves have been sanded and the clear halves are the offcuts that haven’t been sanded.

    Regarding the number of cups and the cost, I think he had two cups to being with (which probably broke). So, instead of buying two replacement (original) glasses, he bought four Ikea glasses for 1/3 of the price.

  6. Anonymous says:

    ok, ok i think i understood. The original esspresso unbreakable cups cost 15$ for a set of 2. Vaken glasses unbreakable (plastic), but too tall. So Mickael cut them and got a set of 4 for 5$. Still don’t know how they beacame frosted….
    Not Englishman

  7. Okok says:

    Usually you drink Espresso coffe in small cups, as the espresso is served short and really strong, not a long watered out or milky coffe. I guess that’s the reason to cut the glasses down.

  8. Hugh says:

    I think it goes like this.

    He had the frosted cups but either (A) wanted more, or (B) wanted unbreakable ones (presuming the frosted ones are… breakable?).

    So he bought 4 Vaken cups, cut them down to the same size as the original frosted cups, sanded the tops, and that’s about it.

    He now has double the number of cups (4 > 8). Adding the four clear ones cost only a third of what the original frosted ones cost.

    There have been quite a few hacks here recently, where the English-speaking hacker (UK or US origin) has provided the description as if it were a text message (i.e. a 160 character limit), resulting in barely legible lumps of text. WTF? :)


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  10. karen.j.cosme says:

    i think the op was referring to the original cups that you would buy for/with the handpresso. maybe any espresso cups.

    i prefer ceramic.

  11. panini says:

    He must have started with 8 glasses already otherwise he’d got 4 short glasses + 4 open cylinders.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Me too, I am surprized this from an Englishman, though not for the same reason as Jo. How could you express yourself so bad that we cannot understand what you did.
    In my interpretation, he had the four frosted unbreakable (plastic?) cups, but they were short, so he cut the Vaken glass’ tops to put in and make them taller and kind of unbreakable. And he kept the bottoms of Vaken as is, so he got two sets of 4 glasses. But because he began already with two sets of four (Vaken and the other frosted ones), he doesn’t double his glasses at all, he just got his tall expresso glasses. And here I will join Jo, why not use the original Vaken? also not a good idea to use hot coffee in the platic…
    Please clarifi us !

    Not Englishman

  13. jo says:

    to me it only sound bizarre that an english person bought a handpresso…. i bought one as a present for my partner ’cause, when we’re having our holydays with the motorbike anywhere in europe, his “real big problem” is the coffee…me, myself, i don’t really feel the need to have coffee everyday, but we’re italians and coffee, at least to me it is, is a religion. some kind of.
    why were you looking for smaller cups, when you can only half fill them ?is it a space problem, like with a bike ??http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:K1200lt-3.jpg

  14. Anonymous says:

    I think you’ll find it amusing that “Vaken” means awake in Norwegian/Swedish…

  15. 25FLONDON says:

    @Anonymous – I understood “Got double the amount of cups for a third of the price of the originals.” to mean that he got double the amount of cups than the cups he was trying to recreate. So original = 2 cups.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Umm, I don’t understand. It looks to me like four big clear glasses became four small frosted glasses (plus four very big napkin rings, or something) – which is a nice hack, but different than the description which says that the number of cups doubled.

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