I wouldn’t. But a coffee shop in Baltimore is betting that some folks will. My guess: obnoxious hipster coffee snobs. (I have recently decided that I abhor hipsters. But that’s a blog post for another day.)
Yesterday, the Spro coffeeshop in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood started offering 12-ounce servings of Aida’s Grand Reserve for $13. That comes out to a bit more than a dollar an ounce, and that’s for plain old black coffee, sans foam or other milk-accoutrements.
“It’s really a fantastic kind of coffee,” said Spro owner Jay Caragay. “It’s very juicy, fruity, good mouth feel, medium bodied.”
I’m sure it’s delicious, but really – thirteen dollars a cup?
Aida Grand Reserve is grown in El Salvador by a woman named Aida Batlle; Aida apparently operates three legendary estates which regularly produce award-winning coffees. Ms. Batlle’s family has been coffee-farming for 5 generations, but the business didn’t flourish until Aida took the farms over. (Here’s a link to a blog post that describes how she came to take over her farm, and how her coffee came to be so expensive. I glossed over the parts about the “cupping” because the whole idea seems way too pretentious for me).
I love coffee. Love love love it. I will spend a little more to get good beans, but this seems like price gouging to me. Perhaps I’m not as much of a coffee snob as I think I am. Thank God, because if I were, I’d probably be broke. I am somewhat snobby, though, as evidenced by my most recent purchase:
All that being said, if anyone in NY’s Capital District knows where I can get my hands on a cup of this stuff, I might be willing to try it, just to see if it’s worth it. Anyone?
Profussor, this coffee would probably taste delightful with a donut.