Java junkies get a chance to sip special brew

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

Main Street Bagels is serving up a rare cup of coffee, but it’s only for a limited time, and it’s pricey.

What's so special about this fancy cup of joe?

A bag of this coffee didn’t sell for as much this year as it did two years ago, but it’s still expensive.

But is it worth the extra cost?

Customer Tony Takacs doesn’t drink coffee very often, “So when I do drink coffee, I want something very, very good."

So Friday morning, he splurged and spent the extra $.50 on a cup of the Panama Esmeralda Special Mario Pascua 2009.

More simply, these are really expensive beans from South America.

Main Street Bagels Owner Mark Smith says, “They have an auction for it every year and it's quite a big deal I the coffee world."

In 2007, a bag of this stuff sold for $130 a pound.

It didn’t fetch as much at the auction this year because of the economy, but it still isn’t cheap.

A 10 ounce bag costs $37 from the roaster, Klatch, which won the beans at the coffee auction earlier this year.

"It's a fairly acidic coffee, it has kind of a coco flavor to it, kind of typical of South American coffee, but it does have some fruit, too” Smith says.

Smith says people have been spending the extra cash on the special coffee, which may mean he’ll get more in the future.

"If people keep buying it the way they are today, we might keep it going,” he says.

The coffee’s only available for a limited time, so people like Tony should get it while they can.

He says, "I'm absolutely happy with this coffee. I mean, it's perfect."

Main Street Bagels will be serving the coffee through Saturday.


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