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How many ounces does a demitasse cup hold?

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A typical demitasse cup holds around 3 ounces. However, it is meant to be filled only half full with approximately 1.5 ounces of coffee. In French, "demitasse" means "half cup."

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The demitasse is around 2.25 inches in both height and width, and it is presented on a saucer 4.5 to 5 inches in diameter.

A demitasse of coffee will traditionally be served in a separate room at the end of a formal dinner. Although the coffee typically has a low caffeine content, its strong flavor is intended to cleanse diners' palettes of the taste of wine. Brandy, liqueurs and entertainment follow the demitasse, according to etiquette.

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