Following in the footsteps of $50 hamburgers, there is now a $12 cup of coffee in New York. Not a double half-caf mochacino soy latte with fairy dust sprinkled on it, mind you, but a $12 cup of regular drip coffee. Cafe Grumpy has introduced the heady brew, custom roasted in-store at their locations in Brooklyn and Chelsea.
Designer coffees are nothing new, and the bar has been raised to the point where people are willing to pay over $200 for a pound of coffee that has been fermented in the gut of some ferret-looking jungle animal and then crapped out. I'm a big coffee drinker, but I'm pretty sure I could go the rest of my life without pawing through some animal's feces to put together my morning Joe.
So, has anyone tried this $12 cup of coffee yet? Does it really light the world on fire? Or is it just Folgers brewed up by a dirty hippie and sold in a coffee shop that's too cute for its own good? On a side note, how much coffee do you consume on an average day?