Patrons at a small New York chain called Cafe Grumpy are getting an unexpected jolt from its new $12 cup - a price some six times higher than Starbucks fetches.
But this brew is like a fine glass of wine, according to the distributor of the beans, called Nekisse beans, which are grown, handpicked and coddled in Ethiopia.
The chains' Web site says the beans offer hints of apricot, pineapple, bergamot, kiwi and lime flavorings, and it describes the coffee as "very clean, sweet and complex."
And the $12 cup should only be taken black - aficionados say cream and sugar ruin the nuances.
Not to be outdone, there's a brew in Baltimore called "Aida's Grand Reserve." It goes for -- $13 a cup.
"The Early Show"'s co-anchors did their own taste test of Café Grumpy's blend Tuesday: