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    Interesting read.

    $12 Cup Ethiopian Coffee Raising Eyebrows
    Published by News Room May 3rd, 2010 in Featured and News & Hot Shots. 23 Comments

    Above: The Chelsea location of Cafe Grumpy in Manhattan is
    now offering the high-end Nekisse beans from Ethiopia made
    using the store’s $11,000 Clover brewing system.

    Tadias Magazine
    By Tadias Staff

    Published: Monday, May 3, 2010

    New York (Tadias) – Café Grumpy, a local coffee shop chain here in New York, is raising eyebrows with its new menu item – an expensive cup of joe from Ethiopia.

    As The New York Post put it: “If the caffeine doesn’t wake you up, the price certainly will.”

    The Manhattan location of Café Grumpy is selling the drink brewed from the handpicked Ethiopian Nekisse beans for $12 a cup.

    “There are flavors you would expect in a really nice glass of wine — it’s a cacophony of nuances,” Steve Holt, vice president of Ninety Plus Coffee, the company distributing the beans, told The NY Post. “You detect flavors of apricot, pineapple, bergamot, kiwi and lime. The deeper tones are levels of chocolate, and the finish is super clean.”

    And why is it so pricey?

    “It is a higher-end coffee, and you have to take a lot of time developing and processing it,” said Holt. “Once the coffee is harvested, it is dried on a raised African drying bed — the actual coffee cherries never sit on the ground.”

    But not all New Yorkers are impressed. “People have had bad reactions to the prices,” Colleen Duhamel, a coffee buyer and barista at Cafe Grumpy said. “They will think, ‘This place isn’t for me,’ and storm out.”

    “I’ve spent $12 on a cocktail, but I’d be reticent to pay that much for a cup of coffee,” said Whitney Reuling, 25, after tasting samples provided by The Post. “It’s good — but I can’t taste the difference. My palate is not at an advanced level for coffee — a $2.50 cup is fine.”


  • #2
    Re: Ethiopian Nekisse, $14 Aussie a cup.

    I enjoyed a $10 Nekisse syphon brew at Spring Espresso in Subiaco recently, pure joy!!

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    • #3
      Re: Ethiopian Nekisse, $14 Aussie a cup.

      I have had Nekisse from a number of places in Sydney. Served as espresso, pour-over and clover. The most I have paid is $7 for the clover. It is a very special bean. In fact I had it as pour-over today for $4.50. I would sooner pay more for it than try Kopi.

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      • #4
        Re: Ethiopian Nekisse, $14 Aussie a cup.

        love Nikesse ! cant wait until the snobs get this little baby in ( hint Hint ) :-) Its possiblY risen to the top of my list ! above yirgaCHEFFE LIMU , AND THAT PANAMA ESMERALDA !

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        • #5
          Re: Ethiopian Nekisse, $14 Aussie a cup.

          The Nikesse I got from Mecca would have been close to if not the best from last year. Disappointed in the last few years comparatively in the Esmeralda we have had in Oz with the first ones I got from Brother Babba.

          So many great coffees to taste curse my limited caffeine tolerance :

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          • #6
            Re: Ethiopian Nekisse, $14 Aussie a cup.

            Strange to say that it is special because of raised drying beds.... those are very common and have been around for a long time in many coffee producing nations.

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            • #7
              Re: Ethiopian Nekisse, $14 Aussie a cup.

              Thats a crazy price to pay, any one who pays $12 for a cup of coffee is being ripped off as far as Im concerned, no coffee is worth $12 a cup. Clover coffee also should not be any more expensive than any other brewing method, it really is a dead simple way to brew coffee.

              Clover = hot water + ground coffee.

              Dont get me wrong, I love coffee, in all its varying qualities and brewing methods, but, coffee brewers need to respect their customers more, and charge them the real value of the coffee, not the value of marketing hype.

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              • #8
                Re: Ethiopian Nekisse, $14 Aussie a cup.

                Originally posted by 5E4146454C5A41465D4845465F4C290 link=1279531782/6#6 date=1294804582
                coffee brewers need to respect their customers more, and charge them the real value of the coffee, not the value of marketing hype.

                Sorry, but this has to be said. Obvious rantings by someone who has not run their own business or does not understand the TRUE costs associated with small business enterprises. No one is forcing you to pay this much for coffee. Do not bag establishments for being able to charge a premium price for their product. That requires real sales and marketing skills to pull of and sustain, as well as a complete understanding of their market.
                Businesses must make profit, it is not a dirty word. Just look at the banks as an example.
                Many people happily pay a premium for goods and services, obviously your comments dictate that you do not.

                "Value of marketing hype"
                As far as I am concerned, one cannot put a price on this.

                There are many establishments around the world where people pay a lot more than $14 for a cup of coffee, and are served a mediocre product.

                Enjoy good coffee at whatever price you are prepared to pay for it. The coffee brewer also deserves fair pay for their efforts.

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                • #9
                  Re: Ethiopian Nekisse, $14 Aussie a cup.

                  Thanks Lwowiak for your reply and your opinion. I especially enjoyed the decriptive "rantings" ;D Interesting you picked that up through written word rather than vocal tonality, though I digress.....

                  So, just to clear up you assumptions regarding by knowlege base. I have worked in the specialty coffee industry for 15 years as a business owner, Barista Trainer, professional coffee roaster and green bean buyer. Needless to say, I have plenty of experience within the industry.

                  I qualify my remarks by the fact that I know what coffee costs to buy, roast, and deliver in all methods.

                  My opinion is to respect customers by passing on the appropriate price, its my personal philosophy and ideal.

                  There are varying levels of "businessmen", some focused on making as much cash as possible without any thought for customers, and others that take these things into consideration.

                  Originally posted by 6F687D727F1C0 link=1279531782/7#7 date=1294808195
                  Businesses must make profit, it is not a dirty word. Just look at the banks as an example.
                  Find me the majority that are ok with the profits banks make ;D

                  Originally posted by 6F687D727F1C0 link=1279531782/7#7 date=1294808195
                  "Value of marketing hype"
                  As far as I am concerned, one cannot put a price on this.
                  Said by a true "businessman".

                  Glad my opinion caused a spark, lets keep it light though shall we?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Ethiopian Nekisse, $14 Aussie a cup.

                    Before anyone gets to uptight about the "media hype" !@llstuff on price the Nekiesse at most places would have been closer to $7 or 8 per Syphon/Clover at most of the places mentioned. The Bean in question cost me $20/250g compared to $20/150g for Esme so based on a $9-10 price for Esme the price I sugguest is more likely at retail. If you pay any more then you come under the heading of there is a sucker born .......

                    Press reports of the exotica and pointy end of coffee need to be taken with a HUGE grain of salt and a LARGE degree of scepticism. Including paid PR pieces that are actually press releases by businesses themselves masquerading as news.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Ethiopian Nekisse, $14 Aussie a cup.

                      BTW price per Syphon/clover is based on 250-300ml serves for a bit over the 8 oz measure.

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