But there’s nothing like a handmade coffee cup

Despite the many, many beautiful, even artistic, lungo cups I’ve posted on this site over the years, nothing beats a thoughtful, handmade ceramic piece of art, insulating a warm cup of coffee. This is my favorite way to drink coffee, and my favorite lungo mug is shown here, at left.

And I’m sorry, but it’s not for sale.

This is one of many handmade cups I’ve purchased from Northwest Missouri State University’s semi-annual art and pottery sale. It’s a wonderful event, a chance to peruse dozens of potential lungo cups, picking each up, inspecting the grip, studying the design, and measuring the height to ensure it will fit under my Essenza spout. (I can usually eyeball this now, but to be sure, I take out a bill of any denomination and fold it in half. Each bill is six inches, and to fit under the spout, it has to clear 3 1/4″.)

I usually don’t post my handmade mugs here because, well, these are one-of-a-kind mugs and not directly for sale on Amazon. But last month, when I purchased this new addition to my collection, I couldn’t keep Veronica Watkin’s work to myself any more. I realized that I’ve collected a number of her pieces, and they just keep getting better and better.

If you look through her work, you’ll see a beautiful collection of bowls and trays that seem to have sprouted from a sunset over the Badlands. The colors and shapes are soothing and pleasing, almost putting me in a trance.

Veronica teaches ceramics — among many other art courses — at Northwest. She has been inspiring students to develop their curiosity and style since 2002. Imagine how many artists are making coffee cups like this today, thanks to Veronica’s gentle guidance!

Thank you, Veronica, for making my morning coffee even better!

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Polish Design Mug

Polish Pottery MugThis floral pattern stoneware mug is a classic Polish design… and the mug is made in Poland. It holds 8 ounces, so a perfect lungo size.

Unfortunately, I don’t know how high this mug is, but it looks plenty low enough to clear the spout of Nespresso’s Essenza model. If any of you order this, please leave a comment below and let us know how tall this mug is, please!

This mug is not currently available, but there are similar ones at Amazon.

Iittala Taika Coffee Cup

Iittala Taika Coffee Cup“Taika” means “magic” in Finnish, and you’ll probably feel extra magical when you’re drinking your favorite Nespresso lungo from this cup! Designed in 2007 for Iittala by acclaimed Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi. [For some interesting perspective on Haapaniemi’s work, see this blog post — very interesting designs!]

This cup is part of a full line of dinnerware from Iittala, and these cups are offered here via Amazon.com. This cup comes in several colors. If you want a matching saucer, you’ll have to order that separately.

This porcelain coffee cup is a good size for your lungo. Iittala calls this a cappuccino cup, but some who’ve purchased this seem to dispute that. You can read through all the reviews at Amazon yourself, but it seems that some believe the capacity is just too small for a cappuccino. But, I think you’ll find this to be just right for a lungo.

The Amazon description calls this a 6.75-ounce cup, but a kind reviewer measured it for me and says it holds 8 ounces of water to the very brim. Knowing that Nespresso’s factory settings for a lungo are 3.75 ounces, you’ve got a lot of wiggle room there. And, it’s 2.5″ height is an easy fit under your Nespresso spout. No problem there. Made of durable porcelain, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Exact measurements from a reviewer named “Cream Cake”:

3-1/2″ diameter on circle on the top of the cup
2-1/2″ from bottom to top of cup
2-3/4″ diameter on circle on bottom of cup
4″ from outer handle to opposite outside rim of cup
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Red Iittala Cppuccion Cup

Red

Iittala Taika White Coffee Mug

White

Vintage Japanese Stamps Mug

Vintage Japanese Stamps Lungo Mug

Here’s a new design featuring beautiful vintage Japanese postage stamps. The colors seem to almost match your Nespresso capsules!

This is another Zazzle mug, which means it’s hand-printed with vivid detail, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. It also means you can order one or 100 with the same really great Zazzle customer support.

We put this lungo cup into our “nataionalities” category for those of you who like to travel. We like to visit coffee shops when we travel, and of course we like to come home and relive the memories as we sip our favorite lungo. So, here’s a way to combine two pleasures, travel and coffee!

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Southern Weave

Southern WeaveAnother in our weave series — see them all by clicking the “weave” tag below. This 6 oz. lungo mug fits nicely in a Nespresso Essenza machine.

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Woven Diamonds

Woven Diamonds Lungo MugOne of several in this series of woven images — buy all three! Click the “weave” tag below to see them all.

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Woven Skyline Lungo Mug Style

Woven Skyline Lungo Mug

Here’s our newest lungo mug — wrapped in an image of a colorful weave. This mug, like all of our mugs, is offered by our partner Zazzle.com.

Zazzle offers only high-quality mugs, with no minimum orders or set-up fees. You can even customize this, if you wish. Just click the “customize” button and add your name ,a business logo, or anything you’d like!

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