Earlier in the week I popped down to the new coffee place on 4th and Carroll to try the $3-a-cup brew from the $11,000 Clover coffee maker (left), one of only a few hundred in the country. I have to say it tasted very good — strong yet light — and it gave me a great fake rush (the process produces less caffeine per cup than basic filtering).
Should you think $3 is a lot for a coffee, avoid Caffe Raro: It’s produced from Kopi Luwak beans that have been eaten and, um, passed by an Asian palm civet (bottom), available to you the consumer at £324 ($640) a kilo. If you wish to sample a £50 cup on your British holiday, head over to Peter Jones in Sloane Square. Profits during April go to Macmillan Cancer Support.