Demitasse spoons are a type of flatware typically used in European countries and the United States. Tea or coffee drinkers often use them in conjunction with the teacup and saucer. These dainty and delicate little spoons measure approximately 3 to 4 inches (7.62 to 10.16 cm) and are used to stir sugar, milk, or cream into a hot beverage. Afterward, they can be set to rest in the saucer or used to eat a dessert like custard or sorbet.
These little spoons are essential for the traditional practice of drinking coffee, cappuccino, tea, chai and other hot drinks. Appropriately, demitasse means "half cup" in French and Italian, and is defined in American English as a small cup of strong black coffee or espresso. Thus demitasse spoons are often found in the home and at restaurants that serve hot drinks.
Demitasse spoons are always made of a type of metal. They often come in highly polished silver, gold, or stainless steel. While the convex end is the same for most spoons, the handles are often varied, and usually are ornate. Frillier ones may feature a floral pattern, an interesting handle shape, or have a small object melded to the end. However, they also come in plain styles for a more low-key look. Rare editions of demitasse spoons, namely imported and vintage ones, can be found if one scours hard enough for them. Therefore because of the assortment of styles, polish, and type of metal, these spoons are considered collectible items, and may be bought for collectible rather than practical purposes.
In addition, people buy the spoons as souvenirs, as home decor elements, or as luxurious gifts for special occasions. When bought for regular use, they come individually, in a set, as part of a flatware collection, or in a set with matching teacups and saucers.