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Would you pay $12 for a cup of coffee?

Asked at La Prima Tazza, 638 Massachusetts on May 4, 2010

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“I would not. I am not a picky coffee drinker. I like a black cup of coffee and I drink a lot of it, so I can’t afford a $12 cup of coffee.”

Photo of Robert Kent

“Absolutely not. I can get a good cup of coffee for a buck-fifty. That’s good enough.”

Photo of Joel McAlister

“I would not … that is absurd, and I try to spend as little as I can on coffee because it’s probably not the best thing for me as it is.”

Photo of Tara Collins

“No, I would not because I can’t afford it and you can get coffee that’s really good for way cheaper than that.”

Comments

Ceallach 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you, Nick Nelson, four of my favorite words, "Ceallach has it right" :)

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independant1 3 years, 11 months ago

$12 for a cup of jo, sure if it came with a massage (and free compliment)

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Pat Long 3 years, 11 months ago

$12 dolla will get you a pound of good beans at Z's or the Merc. The world is a safer place after I've had my 16 oz. of goodness in the morning.

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ms_canada 3 years, 11 months ago

thank you ceallach - I did it. This my alter ego. My crossword buddy, Rusty. He loves doing crosswords as much as I do. He also loves getting into a lot of trouble. But I love him just the same.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 11 months ago

"can anyone tell me how I can get a picture by my name. I have looked this site over and over and can see no instructions for that particular action. I would be much obliged." Cellach

Yep. It is hard to find. Ms. Cellach has you on the right course. Holler if you need more help uploading your chipmunk pic.

ps... Your chipmunks will be fine. Throw a little seed out if you are in doubt.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

ms_canada, I hope you survive the crappy weather. If not, come on down to KS. We'll party, real hard.....

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denak 3 years, 11 months ago

Never say never.

The reason most people won't pay $12 for a cup of coffee is because there is a ready supply. Take away that supply and most people will.

I never thought I would pay $10 for a pint of ice cream but when I was in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm, the little Baskin Robbins truck came around once a month. It only had 3 or 4 flavors and the man sold pints for $10 and you can better believe he had one heck of a line.

Dena:0)

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ms_canada 3 years, 11 months ago

can anyone tell me how I can get a picture by my name. I have looked this site over and over and can see no instructions for that particular action. I would be much obliged.

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ms_canada 3 years, 11 months ago

ceallach - my dear old friend - how are you? I am worried about the chipmunks. there is now 6, that is 6 inches of snow on the patio table since this morning. How are the little dears going to find the sunflower seeds. Zeke does clear a place on the patio for them, but they will have to tunnel their way to the patio to get the seeds. Poor wee mites.

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

chai tea? ain't that when them chinese guys do that slow motion waving at the wind like they is in a kung fu movie but they ain't fightin nobody? Old people do it in commercials too....

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 11 months ago

No need to buy chai tea bags. hotwater+nondairycreamer+sweetenerofchoice+pumpkinpiespice. Hot dessert in a cup.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

People that drink espresso are more messed up than me.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Never inject a $12 cup of coffee into your veins. In fact don't inject anything into your veins. The one drug I refuse to do is heroin. I won't shoot it, smoke it, or snort it. Most junkies die. Know why? Because you never know what you're getting. Anything above 10% pure is lethal. Plus you might get a hotshot- junk mixed with battery acid or just pure heroin. Either way, instant death. The only guy I know that's done it and is in pretty good shape for his age is Keith Richards. He was a smackhead from 1970-80, and still does it occasionally. He"s done everything imaginable. But I figured out his secret: Moderation. Ever heard of Keith OD'ing or going to rehab? The guy does everything in moderation, something I can't get a grip on. But I still think when he dies, they'll line the space shuttle with his liver.

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Ceallach 3 years, 11 months ago

Ran into my favorite coffee stop this morning, espresso machine was broken, replacement hasn't arrived yet . . . no time to go anywhere else . . . I'm going to have to drink "office coffee" . . . gotta tell ya, I might have paid 12 bucks then and there . . . but it was not in the cards for today :-

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

And when you get done with the kicks and finish your Juan Valdez overpriced muck, I have some post holes to sell. They fit all kinds of post. All you have to do is bury the box they come in and they're all set to go. Handy as hell sometimes. PM for details.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Let's get in on, jehovah_bob! I'm a member of Fight Club, but tell no one.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

On topic, if some flitty coffee waiter tried to sell me a cup for $12, there'd be a serious beatdown. I'm with you, broadpaw. Elitist, smug, snobs. WTH? In all seriousness, I went to NY in 1980, when I was 15. We stayed there for 3 days, en route to Britain, where my dad's from. We went to the top of the Trade Center(RIP), the Empire State Building, all that stuff. We even saw a contemporary ballet at the Met, which I surprisingly enjoyed. We sat in the same box that Pres. Carter sat in, thanks to my dad's connections. We even shared a cab ride with Itzhak Perlman, believe it or not. Other than that, I couldn't live there, unless I was rich enough to live next to Jay-Z in Tribeca-"Right next to DeNiro, But I Be Hood Fo'eva!"

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jehovah_bob 3 years, 11 months ago

I've got a better deal than $12 coffee. I'll sell you a swift kick in the a$$ for 9.

PM me for details.

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Liberty275 3 years, 11 months ago

I'll stick with Z's breve latte and the pretty girls that make them. All for less than $6.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I do like Stevie Ray Vaughn coffee. He used to pour a glass of bourbon in the morning and put some cocaine it. His stomach started bleeding after while so he had to stop. Poor Stevie. Dude got clean, stayed clean, then died in a stupid helicopter crash. So I'm thinking, should I drink and drug myself to death, or get clean and die in a helicopter crash. I think I'll call my dealer.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Yeah New York, another one of my least favorite places. "I'm from New York. I'm sooo cool. It's all about me." I had a coffee date with a girl from New York once. We went to Java Break. She made me drink this chai latte crap. I think it's tea with milk in it. I took one sip and threw up all over the table. She slapped me acroos the face and left. Left me with the tab, too. Typical.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 11 months ago

Spacehog wins the day again.

Broadpaw - I think I saw this in New York.

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ms_canada 3 years, 11 months ago

Yeh, high in the andes, the only way to go. Hey, fella, there is no need to hate coffee, It can be made good. You just have not met the right cup yet. Hey, if I came back to larryville, I could make you a good cuppa and you could fix me up some of that good stuff and we could sort of pretend that we are high in the andes. Lot of pretending needed, I think, since Kansas is so doggone flat. Something like Alberta, but maybe with no snow today. Yikes, I hate this place.

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broadpaw 3 years, 11 months ago

Does any place in/near Lawrence dare to sell a cup of coffee this expensive? Elitist snobs.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I strictly drink coffee for the caffeine. I brew a pot before I go to bed, then drink it cold in the morning. Coffee tastes horrible.

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ms_canada 3 years, 11 months ago

spacehog, they are not the same plant.. I have had coca leaves to chew. where you might ask. At Cuzco, high in the Andes. At that altitude you chew the leaves to help get more oxygen into your blood. The coca plant does not produce coffee beans.

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ms_canada 3 years, 11 months ago

spacehog, they are not the same plant.. I have had coca leaves to chew. where you might ask. At Cuzco, high in the Andes. At that altitude you chew the leaves to help get more oxygen into your blood. The coca plant does not produce coffee beans.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I figured out something pretty cool. Coffee is made from the cocoa plant. So is cocaine. So I dumped a can of coffee on the counter, grabbed a razor blade, and started cutting it. After about 10 hrs. of chopping, I was actually able to get about 3 rails of coke. But that was just too damn labor intensive. So I called Melvin and bought an 8 ball for $100.

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ms_canada 3 years, 11 months ago

Good gracious me, just looked out the window. We are in the midst of a hellish snow storm. May the 4th and snow and wind and blizzard. I hate this country. Made a big mistake coming here.

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ms_canada 3 years, 11 months ago

Well now, that is a lot to pay but it depends on a lot of things. Who will share the time with me? Where will we be drinking it? Venice would be nice! Or up on Maccho Picchu. And if George Clooney would join me I would gladly pay $24 for 2 cups. No kidding I would pay a lot for a really good cuppa. Just bought a Keurig brewer, anyone know this machine? Makes one cup at a time and makes the bestest coffee in less than 60 seconds, believe me. Not quite $12 per cup though.

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ms_canada 3 years, 11 months ago

George Clooney has the sweetest smile........, who would not pay to watch him sip a java.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I can get 3 rocks of crack for $12. And I buy that Kroger brand for like $4/can. It really pisses me off when I see people grinding their own coffee at the store. Just buy a damn can of Folger's! I bet the Merc doesn't even sell canned coffee, just those fancy arabica organic beans. I can just see it. 2 Merc nuts grinding gourmet coffee beans together, talking about global warming and recycling.

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pace 3 years, 11 months ago

One the right morning. I would hope I would get refills.

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

didn't Ashton Kutcher like marry his grandmother or something?

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Shane Rogers 3 years, 11 months ago

Hehe...that depends.

Does it come with Half and Half?

;-)

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Kat Christian 3 years, 11 months ago

Where are $12 cups of coffee? Tell me so I won't visit or move there.

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Mary Darst 3 years, 11 months ago

Andy Griffith, isn't that everyone's fav show. What autie said about the coffee. Last meal? Well, steak with Ranch dressing, fried potatoes and a big piece of chocolate cake. Oh, and a bag of potato chips.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 11 months ago

  • Which character do you most identify yourself with from "That 70's Show?"

Didn't really care for this show. It spawned Ashton Kutcher.

  • What would you request for your last meal on earth?"

Biscuits and Gravy.

  • What's your favorite game show of all time?

Hide the Sausage.

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windchimes 3 years, 11 months ago

well i used to pay $8.00

but that included a very large latte cup with saucer and a shot of Basil Haydn bourbon!

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Julie Craig 3 years, 11 months ago

Nick - New question ideas:

  • Which character do you most identify yourself with from "That 70's Show?"
  • What would you request for your last meal on earth?
  • What's your favorite game show of all time?

Just sign me - Dennis's mom

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CWGOKU 3 years, 11 months ago

I want to be Spacehogs designated driver one night. Could be fun. No to the coffee.

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BABBOY 3 years, 11 months ago

Nooooo, I do not even really like coffee in the first place. ROFL......

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somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

Not even if the Asian Palm Civet ate the coffee berries and freshly squeezed "it" right in front of me

A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, having kept their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.

Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines (where the product is called motit coffee in the Cordillera and kape alamid in Tagalog areas) and also in East Timor (where it is called kafé-laku). Weasel coffee is a loose English translation of its name cà phê Chồn in Vietnam, where popular, chemically simulated versions are also produced.

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ohseriously 3 years, 11 months ago

What could a $12 cup of coffee taste like? I am imagining pure gold, nectar of gods, life changing event!

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

hey, when a cup of coffe is going to cost more than a joint, we'll know about riot time.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

4 pearls of wisdom about me paying $12 for a cup of coffee:

1.) I would never go to a place called Cafe Grumpy. (There used to be a place in Lawrence called Grumpy's and they kicked me out, damn jack booted fascists) 2.) Lets us all walk our paths with gently footsteps and listening hearts 3.) $12 coffee would destroy the style I'm scouting. 4.) Hell, I use the grindings I grind twice. (I'm on a mission to make grindings the accepted past tense and past participle of grind, rather than grounds) 5.) Near Snap, but in a different direction, I'm a thinking if Elisabeth Shue said "Just keep it out of my hair. I just washed it" while bringing me a $12 cup of coffee, I might.

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Stuart Evans 3 years, 11 months ago

right on Sarah. who needs all that cream and crap to ruin a good cup of joe

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Chris Ogle 3 years, 11 months ago

Nope..... I'd have to write a check, and my account is getting low. (only 4 checks left)

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

If Jessica Alba brought it to me, sure.

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grammaddy 3 years, 11 months ago

No! I don't buy that over-priced Starbucks crap either.I prefer to make mine at home so I can put whatever I like in it, usually a good shot of Bailey's Irish Cream.Speaking of Irish, where's she been?

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

Are you crazy? That is more crazy than the $7.50 beer at the K.

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none2 3 years, 11 months ago

You couldn't pay me to drink that crud.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Sure. Coffee and bourbon in a 32oz. mug. And hold the coffee.

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