Would You Pay $12 For a Cup of Coffee?

Food, What's New — By sarahpruitt on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

We’ve talked about where to get a great cup of coffee in New York City. But would you be willing to spend more on a cup of coffee than you would for the average cocktail? Or even (in one of the city’s more affordable restaurants) an entrée?

Yes, the $12 cup of coffee has arrived. As Fox News, the New York Post, Gothamist and other media outlets recently reported, Café Grumpy, a gourmet coffee bar with two locations in Brooklyn (Greenpoint and Park Slope) and one in Chelsea, serves up coffee made from handpicked beans grown in Ethiopia, roasted on site and brewed in an $11,000 machine. The result of this labor-intensive process, the shop’s baristas say, is a much more complex flavor than ordinary coffee, and one that should be enjoyed without sugar or milk.

How much would you pay for a cup of coffee?

Is this gourmet java worth $12? Perhaps only a true coffee connoisseur can be the judge of that. To put things in perspective, here are a few other things you could do/buy/eat/drink in New York City for $12 or less:

  • One-day MetroCard “Fun Pass,” good for unlimited subway and local bus rides from first use until 3 am the next day (Cost: $8.25)
  • Two slices of the “Famous No. 1 Original Cheesecake” at Junior’s (Cost: $11.90 without tax)
  • Arepa de pabellón (shredded beef, black beans, white salty cheese and sweet plaintains, stuffed inside a soft, squishy corn tortilla-like arepa) and Cocada (coconut milkshake with cinnamon) at Caracas Arepa Bar (Cost: $12 without tax)
  • Suggested admission for one adult at the Museum of the City of New York (Cost: $10)

(Photo by adactio)

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