The Only Time Paying $15 for a Cup of Coffee Is Acceptable

$15 coffeeA coffee shop in Rochester, New York is getting a lot of buzz because of a very special addition to its menu. For one week only, The Dessert Oasis is selling a $15 mug of coffee. Called "Primavera" (isn't that a pasta?), the coffee is made from beans from a farm in San Agustin, Colombia, and received the award at an international coffee-tasting competition last year.

Everyone's totally flipping out because who would ever have the nerve to buy a cup of coffee at nearly 10 times the price of a standard mug of coffee at a coffee shop? And they absolutely have a point -- it's ridiculous and wasteful to pay that much for coffee! Well, at least, I'm pretty certain they have a point ... I mean, I guess if you look really hard, you can see their point ... oh, who am I kidding? I'd be all over this elitist cup of coffee in a hot second!


I'm one of those people who wakes up in the morning and immediately thinks: "Where will I get my coffee today?" Will I make it using my French press or my Bunn single serve pod brewer? Or will I stand in the endless line at the independent coffee shop and be late for work? Another term for this embarrassing behavior is: Coffee snob. And, someone this obsessive about coffee is way too curious to pass up a $15 cup of joe.

Of course, that doesn't mean I wouldn't feel like a complete idiot ordering. In fact, I'd probably wear a disguise. And then I'd feel guilty about spending so much money for days afterward. But I suspect it would be a worthy way to get my caffeine fix. I can imagine how smooth and earthy that cup must be. It probably doesn't even need cream!

After all, people often shell out much more than $15 in pursuit of their favorite food and drink. Think about people who love wine: Fifteen dollars is a drop in the bucket. Or people who love chocolate? I shudder to think what would happen if they only had $15 to spend. If coffee is what I like to spend my money on, then how bad could an expensive one-time-only cup really be?

Would you pay $15 for a cup of coffee?


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