The best cappuccino is worthy of the best cappuccino cup. It should look beautiful, retain heat well, and be comfortable to hold. They come in all shapes and sizes, suitable for a range of cappuccino connoisuers.
There are a range of essentials to consider when crafting a home coffee station, cappuccino cups and espresso cups sit at the top of the list. Once you've got a good coffee maker, you will want to invest in the best mugs to match it.
As a barista, I'm obsessive about the cups I drink my cappuccino from: too small and you won't get to enjoy the deep froth, too large and you won't enjoy the full effects of your drink. The perfect mug will balance froth and coffee, resulting in a superb, rather than a sip-standard coffee.
If you've already got the perfect set of espresso cups, there's no excuse not to have the best cappuccino cup too. I've researched the best cappuccino cups for a range of coffee drinkers. Whether you're looking for insulation, capacity, or a matching set, these are all you need.
Best cappuccino cups 2023
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Dimensions: 3 x 4.1 inches
Capacity: 12.5 fl oz
+ Simple design
+ Feels premium
- Have to buy individually
This timeless mug is crafted from world-renowned Portuguese clay. It's delicate without feeling fragile, easy to hold, and doesn't get too hot to cup in your hands. It's perfect for tea as well as coffee.
Best saucer set
Dimensions: 8 x 4.75 inches
Capacity: 7 fl oz
+ Great capacity
+ Excellent insulator
This set of two cappuccino mugs is nothing short of perfection. The handle is large, perfect for holding, plus it has a considerable capacity too. They come with saucers and in a range of vibrant colors too.
Best for art
Dimensions: 3.88 x 2.13 inches
Capacity: 7 fl oz
+ Looks beautiful
+ Easy to hold
Inspired by nature, this earthenware cappuccino cup is all about earthy colors and soft edges. The wide mouth makes it easy to create latte art, whilst the thick stoneware will keep your coffee warm.
Dimensions: 4 x 4 inches
Capacity: 9.1 fl oz
+ Great insulators
+ Good capacity
- No handles
Hand crafted in Italy, these double walled glasses simple and stylish. They don't need handles, because they are lightweight and insulate the cappuccino so well that you won't feel the heat. They're tough to keep spotless, but worth it.
Dimensions: 3.54 x 2.36 inches
Capacity: 8 fl oz
+ Easy to store
+ Tonal colors
- Have to buy as a set
Perfect for all your hot drinks, this set of stackable cups looks beautiful in any coffee station. The natural glaze and neutral hues enhance the relaxing rituals of coffee. They're available in a set of four, so perfect as a housewarming gift.
Dimensions: 3.62 x 5.62
Capacity: 15 oz
+ Wide mouth
+ Big capacity
- Have to place on coasters
Bodum's cappuccino mug is wonderfully wide, making it easy to fill and drink from. The 15 oz capacity is larger than most and even if you don't fill it, the double walls will keep your coffee warm. It sweats a little, so always put it on a drinks mat.
Dimensions: 3.75 x 3.25 inches
Capacity: 8.5 fl oz
+ Striking design
+ Feels premium
- Only for right-handed drinkers
The clean, smooth lines of this mug make a true style statement. Perfect for all occasions, it's functional and beautiful, even if it is a little on the small side. You need to be right-handed to enjoy these though.
Dimensions: 3.5 x 5 inches
Capacity: 20 oz
+ Extremely large capacity
+ Versatile uses
So large that it can double up as a soup bowl, this hand crafted mug is perfect for those who enjoy a larger than large cappuccino. It's easy to hold, but quite fragile, so be careful when washing up.
Dimensions: 4.75 3 inches
Capacity: 12 fl oz
+ Different shape
- Thin, delicate walls
This set of four is taller than the average cappuccino, but it's perfect for visuals: if you like finer foam, these are the cups for you. They're double walled, but quite delicate, so take care.
What material should my cappuccino cup be made of?
Ceramic or porcelain are the best options for cappuccino cups, because they're durable and insulating. Double-walled glass will do the same job, but will require more maintenance. You could also use bone china, but it's very delicate.
What is the difference between a latte and cappuccino cup?
Cappuccino cups are smaller than latte cups and they tend to be wider. This is because cappuccinos have more foam, which tastes better in a thinner layer, because you can enjoy a balance of coffee and foam.
How many ounces should a cappuccino be?
Cappuccinos are normally around 6 fluid ounces, but the thick froth takes up a significant amount of room. It's good to use a cup with around 8 oz capacity to allow space for the froth.
Cappuccinos are made to be sipped and enjoyed, so investing in a good cup is essential. I like mugs which are almost too wide for me to properly cup, because they feel really comforting and are perfect if you want to use them for tea too.
On the other hand, tall cappuccino glasses can be really fun, especially if you enjoy a finer layer of froth. It's always worth taking a step back to consider the aesthetics of your coffee station, because plenty of these come as sets with latte and espresso cups too.
How we test
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Laura is our eCommerce editor. As a fully qualified barista, she's our expert in all things coffee and has tested over thirty of the best coffee makers on the market. She has also interviewed Q-Graders and world-leading experts in the coffee industry, so has an intimate knowledge of all things coffee. Before joining Homes & Gardens, she studied English at Oxford University. Whilst studying, she trained as a master perfumer and worked in the luxury fragrance industry for five years. Her collection of home fragrance is extensive and she's met and interviewed five of the world's finest perfumers (also known as 'noses'). As a result of this expansive fragrance knowledge, she always puts quality and style over quantity and fads. Laura looks for products which have been designed simply and with thoughtful finishes.
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