Thursday, May 06, 2010

$12-a-cup coffee debuts in Manhattan

Remember when many people were irate over coffee hitting $1 a cup? Too long ago for you? OK, how about $3 a cup, or $4, or $5 or ...

You get the idea. Well, Cafe Grumpy in Manhattan has begun offering a $12 cup of coffee. That's right, $12. One thousand two hundred pennies.

The mini-chain, which has locations in Brooklyn as well, debuted the beverage on Wednesday. It is made from Ethiopian coffee beans.

Cafe Grumpy is a no-frills coffee shop that says the handpicked beans are more expensive than most others because of the labor and time necessary for harvesting, drying and shipping.

And, don't think about asking for a latte version. Or even just a little milk and sugar. “As soon as you add milk and sugar to this, you lose a lot of the nuance,” said barista Colleen Duhamel.

It better have plenty of nuances. Even a cup-a-day habit will cost you $4,380 a year.

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Sandra Dinoto said...

I think this costs even more.

Greg said...

I love New Yorkers. Any time you discover something in your backyard, you think you invented it.

A month ago CNN was reporting on $13 cups of coffee in Baltimore.

Going back as far as 2007, you could get $15 cups of coffee from one of North America’s best coffee shops.

This story is old, old, old. But I guess if it’s new to you, that’s all that counts.

Java Joe said...

Calm down, Greg! I think you've been drinking too much ... well, coffee.