Now Announcing the $12 Cup of Coffee
New York City's Cafe Grumpy might not take itself all that seriously, but it does take its coffee and its mission – lifting the spirits of undercaffeinated grumps – very seriously. Its home page lists its brews and coffees by name and provenance, and clicking on any of them will provide tasting notes and a more thorough history. You can quickly find out that the Wahana Estate is a Rasuna varietal from Indonesia and the Vintage '97 Immortal Nectar tea is cave-aged with a"sherry fragrance & earthy finish."
If you know your coffee well enough to make sense of all that, then you might want to drop into Cafe Grumpy for its latest serious offering: a $12 cup of java using hand-picked beans from Ethiopia, whose cherries never touch the ground. To answer the question Vincent Vega asked of the $5 shake in Pulp Fiction: no, it doesn't have bourbon in it. The president of the company distributing the beans says it has a "cacophony of nuances," which is apparently code for "apricot, pineapple, bergamot, kiwi and lime," with some chocolate deep down in there and a "super clean" finish.
If the coffee itself doesn't wake you up, then $25 tab for two paper cups of joe should at least raise a morning eyebrow...