The pictures of this cup demonstrate how it is a perfect example of what regularly eventually happens to enamel cups with normal use. In this instance the chipping of the very-high-Cadmium-containing enamel is happening both on the outside and the inside of the cup.
This cup clearly demonstrates why, in my opinion, enamelware should really be avoided at all costs.
Cadmium is a known carcinogen…And as a friend of mine pointed out… how many people do you know who actually make espresso on a camping trip? [Implication: maybe 95% of people who would buy a cute little cup like this are buying it for a child to use, regardless of how it is marketed.] So this is a tiny cup for children with significant amounts of a known carcinogen.
When the cup pictured was tested with an XRF instrument it had the following readings:
(Mimium 60-second test. Multiple tests done to confirm levels.)
Bottom of Red Cup
- Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative
- Cadmium (Cd): 8,851 +/- 162 ppm
- Barium (Ba): 14,600 +/- 400 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 561 +/- 182 ppm
- Selenium (Se): 2,807 +/- 71 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 4,311 +/- 117 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 87 +/- 39 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 62 +/- 29 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 704 +/- 86 ppm
- Bismuth (Bi): 30 +/- 15 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 20,700 +/- 1,000 ppm
≥75 ppm Cadmium is considered illegal in Denmark; ≥40 ppm Cadmium is considered illegal in Washington State.
Instead of Enamelware for your camping trips, maybe try stainless steel? Titanium? Check out some options on this link for Caveman Cups’ products.
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