Coffee Dishes

The best companion to our cups or coffee glasses is always the saucer, an element that serves to collect the drops or spills of coffee, which the owners of cafeterias are grateful for to avoid staining the tables, and which by the way is also used to place the spoons, sugar bowls, chocolates or other elements that you want to serve with the coffee.

The coffee cup plate does not have any predefined properties or characteristics anywhere. It is simply a plate with a smaller diameter than usual, just the right size and suitable for a cup of coffee (which is usually not as big as a glass of water either).

Moreover, all coffee dishes are the same. There is no difference between, for example, a dish for espresso and a latte.

Villeroy & Boch Artesano Original Coffee Cup Saucer, 16 cm, Premium Porcelain, White
Villeroy & Boch Artesano Original Coffee Cup Saucer, 16 cm, Premium Porcelain, White
Dishwasher and microwave safe, High quality: Premium Porcelain Made in Germany
Duralex – Gigogne Saucer
Duralex – Gigogne Saucer
Plates Ø 13.4 x H 2.2 cm.
12x Olympia Cafe Espresso Saucers Charcoal Porcelain Plate Kitchen Restaurant
12x Olympia Cafe Espresso Saucers Charcoal Porcelain Plate Kitchen Restaurant
Foot not glazed; Oven, Microwave and dishwasher safe; Soft rolled edges for durability

What are the coffee dishes for?

The truth is that at home we never use them, and in bars, we don’t pay any attention to them. They seem to have remained as mere decorative objects or a formality. Still, few people know that coffee dishes were originally conceived for a very specific purpose: to cool the coffee.

Don’t you believe it? Well, yes: it is absolutely true. Back in the 18th century – almost the day before yesterday – many people poured coffee from the cup to the plate and drank it from there because that way, as the coffee plate had a much larger surface area, it would cool down earlier. In other words, the cup was used to let the coffee rest before it was poured onto the plate.

As you can imagine, the coffee plates back then were much deeper than those we know today.

Nowadays, this custom has been lost and therefore, it is not necessary for coffee plates to be deep. It is enough that they have just the right surface to hold the cup or glass and protect against spillage. In this case, we can say that the use of the coffee plate has evolved since its origins.

coffee plate

Types of coffee dishes

If we stick to their material, there are really only two types of plates for coffee glasses: glass and ceramic, which are almost always white.

As for their shape or design, most are round, and few examples can be found otherwise. Original coffee plates, such as square, wavy or coloured coffee plates, can be found in the design or avant-garde coffee sets.

Cheap coffee plates

In general, coffee dishes are very cheap accessories in the kitchenware sector. It is also not usual to buy them separately (they usually come in pairs with their glass or cup, in the form of the typical coffee sets, or integrated into complete dinner service). You can always find them in the typical bazaars where there is everything, or look for coffee dishes at Ikea, but we know that not everyone has this possibility near their home.

However, if we rule out designer coffee dishes or coffee shop plates that are aimed at professional businesses and that may have other features and other prices, it is possible to find cheap coffee dishes more or less in the range of the following examples:

TAMUME Mini 3.5' Glass Saucer Set of 4 Fits Perfectly for the 100ML Glass Tea Cup Ideal for Family...
TAMUME Mini 3.5" Glass Saucer Set of 4 Fits Perfectly for the 100ML Glass Tea Cup Ideal for Family...
The saucer is made of borosilicate glass.; The saucer set includes 4 glass saucers.; Saucer Measurements: diameter 3.5 inches; Height 0.5 inches; Weight: 50g;

All these sets are very simple and are composed of glass coffee plates in sets of 6 or 12 units, and with a price per unit of just over a pound.