The Drink: Guji, Ethiopia pour-over, (they were out of the $7 cup from La Falda, Colombia) at Toby's Estate Coffee
The Price: $5
The gist: Toby’s Estate, an Australian-based coffeehouse with a relatively new locale in the Flatiron District, is a place for serious java drinkers. We sampled the most expensive coffee on that day’s menu, a pour-over coffee made with beans from Guji, Ethiopia (the $7 La Falda, Colombia coffee was sold out). As the mildly annoyed barista explained to us, pricing of these coffees relates to demand, which explains why the price of this single-origin roast had reached $5. The pour-over method involves brewing an individual cup of coffee by slowly pouring water over the grounds. The resulting drink had an intense coffee flavor that tasted richer and less watered down than your average cup, and maintained its full-bodied flavor even after a splash of milk.
Worth It? We hemmed and hawed over this one. Was it tastier than your average cup of coffee? Yes. Was it worth the added time and expense? That’s debatable.