When you extract a shot from your espresso machine, what’s there to catch it? If you’re not brewing directly into a warmed demitasse, the espresso brew pitcher is there to receive that warm, crema-filled goodness. Espresso brew pitchers are generally small in size, designed to catch a single shot so it can be dumped into another cup or mixing glass. Using a brew pitcher is much preferable to using a demitasse when you are making coffee drinks because it saves on the washing and brew pitchers are much easier to pour from so you will avoid messy spills on your bar.
If your coffee shop produces specialty espresso drinks like flavored lattes, then using a brew pitcher makes the most sense. They are easy to pour, hold a single shot and since brew pitchers are made of metal, they are much sturdier than a demitasse. Because brew pitchers are made of stainless steel, they are non-pourous and will not affect the taste of the coffee that you brew into them, so they are a great choice for brewing craft espresso, where flavor is of the utmost importance to your customer. Keep your coffee shop clean and use your demitasse for serving as they should be, brew all your shots into an espresso brew pitcher.