Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Demitasse Cups and Saucers

Demitasse means "half cup" in French.
A demitasse is a small cup used to serve Turkish coffee or espresso. 
In some languages it is called fincan, fildžan, filxhan or φλιτζάνι (flidzáni). 
In Spanish, it is called a pocillo. 

The cup is approximately 2 ¼ inches in height and width, 
slightly shorter and nar­rower than the after-dinner coffee cup. 
The companion saucer measures about 4 ½ to 5 inches across.
It typically has about 60–90 ml (2–3 fl oz) capacity.
It is half the size of a full coffee cup (a tasse à café is about 120 ml (4 fl oz). 
 Another type of demitasse has a glass cup set into a metal frame.

 Demitasse is a heavy-bodied brew of coffee with a strong taste and low caffeine content. 
It is served to aid digestion and dispel the lingering effects of alcohol 
after a formal dinner where several wines are served. 

Guests at a formal dinner are seated at the table for hours.
In order to provide them with the opportunity to stretch and regroup, 
and to revive conversation, demitasse is presented in another room. 
The cup is filled half full (approximately 1.5 ounces). 

Customarily, at a formal affair, demitasse is followed by brandy or liqueur.
 Entertainment-dancing or cards-may then commence. 
A second cup is not offered.
At an informal meal, demitasse is served away from the table, wherever is convenient.

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