Americans have been known shell out big on coffee — sometimes they spend even more on java than they save for retirement. Millennials in particular splurge for their coffees, with almost 30 percent admitting to buying a coffee at least three times a week according to a recent survey.
"If you knew what went into this coffee before it ended up in your cup, you would actually say, 'Whoa, $18, that is not really that bad,'" claims Alpha Dominche CEO Thomas Perez.
The luxury coffee is a combination of the beans selected for the drink and the machines used to make it.
The beans are a high-end variety called "gesha" beans, which come from Ninety Plus Gesha Estates in Panama and allegedly have a lighter, "more tea-like" taste than other blends, Eater reports. It goes for as much as $350 a pound, and is the most expensive coffee in America, according to "Secret Lives of the Super Rich."
The Extraction Lab uses a high-tech, computerized machine called a Steampunk to create the coffee. The machines cost $13,900 for a pair and the Brooklyn coffee shop has eight.
Perez says the price is worth it for his customers: "We actually sell out pretty fast."
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