What are the characteristics of high-quality porcelain?

To determine the quality of porcelain drinkware or mugs, you’ll want to evaluate these characteristics:

Durability: During the firing process, porcelain is fired in the kiln at very high temperatures – around 2,650° F. This makes the finished product harder and denser than fine/bone china and more suitable for professional or everyday use. Porcelain is strong and chip-resistant. It is also non-porous, even when unglazed, and has a smooth, watertight surface. 

Color: Quality porcelain has a white body with gray or blue undertones.

The exterior decals on Konitz mugs ensure that the color and decor lasts through years of washing without fading. 

Glaze: Glazed porcelain has a smooth, shiny, glass-like finish. In proper porcelain glazing technique, a layer of decorative glass is applied to the body.



Coffee Bar by Könitz

Coffee: it gently wakes us up in the morning and stimulates our minds and bodies. People worldwide rely on its natural aroma to start their day.

You wouldn’t use the same glass for every type of wine, so why do it with your coffee? 

Coffee Bar from Könitz consists of 11 styles of coffee cups, each developed to maximize the unique experience of a specific coffee drink.

Here is an explanation of which beverages you should drink from which cup:

1.     Espresso Cups – Espresso, Espresso Ristretto

Flavor is concentrated in the upper part of the cup. Mount on the bottom inside of the cup supports the creation of a foamy cup. 

2.     Espresso Doppio Cups – Espresso Doppio (double espresso), Espresso Coretto, Espresso Macchiato, Turkish Coffee, Mokka

Flavor is concentrated near the nose because of the narrow shape. Foot of the cup is narrow and prevents coffee residue from mixing back into the coffee. 

3.     Café Crème Cups – Café Crème, Swiss Coffee, Caffe Amaretto

Open rim of the cup enables the aroma to mix with the air, making the aroma milder. Taste of the coffee will develop mainly on the palate. 

4.     Cappuccino Cups – Cappuccino, Espresso Doppio with Milk, Filter Coffee

The taste of coffee is sealed under the milk foam and emerges as you drink. 

5.     Latte Macchiato Cups – Latte Macchiato, Coffee Cocktails (alcoholic coffee beverages)

The tall and elegant shape ensures that you enjoy the sensation of one sip of milk and one sip of coffee alternately. Do not stir and coffee and milk together. 

6.     Café au Lait Bowls – Café au Lait (half coffee, half hot milk), Cereal

Large shape allows you to dip bread – the French dip until the coffee is lukewarm, then drink the remainder. 

7.     Irish Coffee Cups – Irish Coffee, Hot Chocolate

The flavor is retained in the top of the mug when it is filled 4/5. Tall, slim shape offers extra room for whipped cream. A cream top retains whisky flavor if alcohol is added, so don’t stir the cream but sip the coffee through it. 

8.     Coffee Cups – Coffee, Tea

Professional-weight porcelain retains heat longer. Metal, glass, paper and plastic will all have a negative impact on the flavor of your coffee. Porcelain is 100% neutral. 

9.     Mugs – Filter Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate

Classic, everyday mug to suit today’s lifestyle. 

10.  Maxi Mugs – Coffee Mocha, Frappucino, Iced Tea, Iced Coffee

Large shape is suited for large drinks or mixed drinks containing ice cream. Large quantity ensures lasting enjoyment. 

11.  Café Latte Cups – Café Latte, Milk


The Story of the Red Plate

It was a time-honored tradition among early American families that when someone deserved special praise, they were served dinner on the red plate.
When some of the first immigrants to America arrived from Europe, they often carried with them few personal belongings. It was common to have very little in the way of formal dinnerware, with the exception of maybe one beautiful, brightly-colored plate, which soon became a prized possession.
This is where the red plate tradition began. Since this “special” plate was reserved for special occasions, it became a way to mark life’s important milestones. 

Today, this custom reminds us that a simple reward can mean so much. By using the Red Plate, any meal becomes a celebration, honoring a special person, event, or deed. It is a visible reminder of love and esteem, a way of showing someone dear that they are appreciated and remembered. 

This beautifully glazed, red ceramic plate is designed and crafted to become a family heirloom, cherished and passed from one generation to the next. Make it a tradition in your family, symbolizing the good and happy times. It will speak volumes of love, when words just aren’t enough. 

Here are some of the many reasons to use the Red Plate:
  • Birthday
  • Engagement
  • Wedding
  • Graduation
  • Good Report Card
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Anniversary
  • Homecoming
  • Old Friend’s Visit
  • New Baby
  • Housewarming
  • Job Promotion
  • Won the Big Game
  • Simply say "You Are Special Today"
Share with us: What’s your Red Plate Story?