Demitasse - Petite Coffee With a Lemon Twist

"Since inheriting a collection of antique demitasse cups (small coffee cups, French 'half-cups') from my grandmother, I've been wondering what to serve in them! I came across this simple recipe in my trusty dog-eared copy of Betty Crocker's Cookbook, and thought I'd share. Would be great served with pastries for a ladies luncheon, or as an after dinner treat. I've included the instant method as well as the more traditional brewed method. Demitasse is served in small cups, often with a twist of lemon peel. Sugar may be offered, cream usually is not."
photo by Mia in Germany photo by Mia in Germany
photo by Mia in Germany
Ready In:
1 demitasse cup of coffee




  • Demitasse is served in small cups, often with a twist of lemon peel. Sugar may be offered, cream usually is not.

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  1. I make terrible coffee so have given up trying to! However, while getting ready for a dinner I was hosting recently I kept eyeing the several sets of demitasse cups saucers and pots that never get used and thought I should give it a try. The first recipe that caught my eye was using instant coffee. Yay! The only coffee I like and have any success with. When I asked my guests if they would like a demitasse coffee they all said yes. As I came sack to the dining room with my lovely demitasses, lemon swirls and brown sugar I heard the conversation going something like this - 'Oh yes,ii hate instant coffee too'! Well. I just soldiered on, poured and served the coffee and sat back waiting for the fall out. it wasn't long in coming.'Oh, this is so good', 'So nice to have a really good cup of coffee'! Well so much for the coffee snobs!! Thank you for the recipe. I will be serving it again at an upcoming dinner next week.
  2. Love this one! I have a couple of demitasses from my grandmother and like using them very much. This is a wonderful way to enjoy an elegant cup of coffee. Thanks for posting!<br/>Made for Bargain Basement.


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