NYC Cafe Introduces $12 Coffee

This cup o' joe is quite fancy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2010 12:19 PM CDT
Would you pay $12 for a cup of joe?   (©tinmar289)

(Newser) – Attention coffee snobs: You have a new mecca. Starting today Café Grumpy in (where else?) New York will offer a $12 cup of coffee. That’s just coffee—not a cappuccino or a latte—so why the high price tag? “There are flavors you would expect in a really nice glass of wine,” the president of the distribution company tells the New York Post, going so far as to call it “a cacophony of nuances.”

Brewed from handpicked beans grown in Ethiopia and “dried on a raised African drying bed,” the result is a coffee with “flavors of apricot, pineapple, bergamot, kiwi, and lime,” the prez says—and don’t even think about adding milk and sugar to it, a barista warns, or you will “lose a lot of the nuance.” But how does it taste? “My palate is not at an advanced level for coffee,” says one regular. “A $2.50 cup is fine.”

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