I’ve spent years perfecting my home brew. Combining the right beans, the right grind and the right pour-over with my Chemex, I’ve come to enjoy the fruits of this daily ritual more than any other coffee.
On occasion, I like to take a cup with me. Rather than carry around my thermos or Hydro Flask, I just need one cup to go. At those times, I rely on the classic, trusty, “We Are Happy To Serve You” Greek ‘anthora’ cups.
These iconic cups were ubiquitous in diners and delis in New York for decades. Originally designed in 1963 by Leslie Buck, Marketing Director of the Sherri Cup Company, they were favored by Greek-owned coffee shops throughout the city. (“Anthora” is a misspelling of the Greek pitcher/vessel “amphora.”) Over time, they became the go-to cup for a cup to-go until Starbucks came along.
Even though one doesn’t see them as much anymore, their appeal still holds for me. A couple of times each year, I re-stock with a sleeve of 100 cups and lids from Amazon.
When the mood strikes me at home, I enjoy a cup in one of the ceramic versions I bought from the MoMA Design Store. They’re perfect (and they make great gifts).