2/02/2012 04:22:00 PM

The Most Expensive Cups of Coffee in the U.S.

Siphon coffee at Blue Bottle; Image via Flickr/jonathan mcintosh
Most of us are used to shelling out as much as $2 for their morning cup o' joe, but at some places, that price will only get you a lump of sugar. While most cafes stick to your basic drip coffee, high-end shops around the country have perfected the art of brewing though various single-cup methods including the pricy Clover coffeemaker and the laboratory-style siphon system, also called vacuum or vac pot, which involves various glass bowls, water vapors and suction. Sound complicated? It is, which is why some brews cost as much as $18 per single order. What’s the most expensive cup of coffee you've ever had? Let us know in the comments.

14 comments :

  1. Why would anyone pay $22 for a cup of coffee?

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  2. It's a simple answer. If you are a coffee snob with the cash, it's no biggie. I've paid $18 for a cup and enjoyed it immensely. My favorite place is Intelligentsia and of course France; where I've paid $28 USD. It's a treat not a daily habit.

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  3. @ChefRawk - curious, would you pay for a $300 cup, like the one on the last slide?

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  4. I think it was roughly a $22/per cup at the Four Seasons in Paris (at that time, this would have been around the amount comparing euro to dollar).

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  5. If you pay that much for coffee well I just have to laugh at you. This is retarded and you are all suckers.

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  6. I'd say given paying these prices for coffee versus what you'd receive at a bar in quantity and quality, it doesn't seem that indulgent.

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  7. looks like the old vacuum coffee makers from the 50s. . .except they were aluminum or stainless steel, were heated over a hot plate and were in every dive and diner around. .. I'm hearing pt barnum snickering in my head. . .

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  8. According to today's NYTimes, the coffee in Nespresso capsules works out at $51.71 a pound - in addition to being environmental disasters.

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  9. If you want to do this at home, this is what you would use:
    http://www.bodum.com/us/en-us/shop/detail/1208-01/

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  10. I'm surprised Intelligentsia in Venice isn't on here...I was there with friends recently and waited inline...until we saw the menu and the prices! omg like $8-10 for a Latte?????wow.

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  11. my most expensive cup of coffee ever was from a machine at Arco. It was so hot that when I spilled a bit of it on myself I rear ended the car in front of me. 600 dollars.

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  12. The only "suction" I want to hear (much less pay for) is the coffee vortex into my mouth.

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  13. Hey Zagat, why can't we post here with our ZAGAT accounts? :-(

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  14. I'm sure that they use very high grade beans and filter them using some scientific method. Thanks for sharing.

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