Paying for exclusivity?

Wed 24th April 2019

New high-end London coffee boutique serves up a £15 coffee

The three Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse has caused quite a stir at his new King’s Cross cafe, by serving what many are dubbing Britain’s most expensive coffee at £15 a cup. Le Café in Coal Drops Yard serves a unique range of quality blends and single-origin coffees roasted in Paris.

The coffee in question is made from beans exported from smallholder farmers in war-torn Yemen – only 13kg is harvested each year with extremely challenging transport conditions leading to the high price. Ducasse himself describes this exclusive brew – said to combine notes of bergamot orange, cocoa nibs, grape, red berries and honey – as the ‘perfect’ coffee.

“With Le Café, our ambition is to build a chain of excellence in which every link counts, from the tree to the cup,” Ducasse explains. “I am delighted to bring this new experience to London.” While the price will deter most, it will be interesting to see if Ducasse matches his culinary levels in the coffee world.

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