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Collection vs Bar Set
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If you see illy cups without number or without signature on the bottom of the cup, with inscription “illy espresso” instead of “illy collection” or “illy Art Collection”, then you have so called “bar” cups. Usually these cups are distributed by illy for bars and coffee shop in order to promote illy’s brand. The design of the cup is absolutely the same as in illy Art Collection, but you will not find signature and year on a bottom of the cup. Also, these cups are usually using different type of porcelain to produce the cup – you can fill that cup is little bit heavier than illy Art Collection cup.

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“illy espresso” cups are not considered to be part of the collection. Usually price of these cups is significantly lower than price of their “illy collection” twin. But, as always, there are exceptions. Several Illy espresso cups are collectable. These cups are different from illy collection cups, or only unique for espresso sets :

  • The Beach Plaza cup was released as an illy collection cup for the Beach Plaza Hotel in Monaco. But when they changed their name into Le Meredien Beach Plaza, they were only released as "illy espresso" bar cups.
  • The "Dream" espresso bar set has different colors.
  • There are 3 Bar sets specifically designed for Venice Biennale in 2003,2005, and 2007

The bar sets are not for sale and you will not find them in a regular store. But you can see it very often on Ebay or as “illy & amici collection“ site autor recommends “The only way to get one would be to give a very friendly smile to the bartender and "borrow" one when you drink an illy espresso or cappuccino at the Biennale or later on in bars en restaurants :-)”

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