How Much Would You Spend for a Cup of Coffee?

These are some winners for name suggestions for a $12 cup of Ethiopian coffee a trendy Brooklyn café is now selling to well-heeled hipsters. Contest sponsored by The Week.

FIRST PRIZE: Mocha Dinero
Tammis Dowling, Landenberg, PA

SECOND PLACE: Cost-a-latte
Rachel Blackburn, Rockville centre, NY

THIRD PLACE: Brokefast blend
Will Brinkley, Tucson


Frank Lyons, Trenton, NJ

Chock Full o’ My Weekly Coffee Budget
Judith Klein, Frisco, TX

Café au My God!
Gary Hennion, New York City

Sucker Punch
Ashley Ryan, Catonsville, MD

Joe Mama!
Gary Cullen, North Canton, OH

Surely it must be Joe King!
Debbie Later, Valencia, CA

Haile Priced Selassie
Phil White, Flushing, NY

Pat Smith, Playa del Rey, CA

Cream of Sheba
Todd S. Hyatt, North Grafton, MA

Madness Ababa
Chris Wright, North Hollywood, CA

Two Weeks Pay in Ethiopi-ay
Thomas J. Knott, Amherst, NH

Carol Blackburn, Rockville Centre, NY

Samantha Balistrieri, Haskell, NJ

Gyppy Cup
Terry Johnson, Chicago

Twelve Buck Chuck
Juli Hanssen, St. Louis Park, MN

Chock Full o’ Bucks
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA

Ivy Kaplan, St. Louis Park, MN

The “Buddy can you spare 12 bucks for a cup of coffee?” special
Steve Kaplan, St. Louis Park, MN

The, “I could have saved 12 children from Malaria!” blend
Nadine Skinner, Richmond, TX

“This is a stick up!” coffee
Evan Martinez, Los Angeles

I’ll have a “To hell with retirement” please
Rhys Gerholdt, Washington, D.C.

The Drip Off
Gloria Wiedman, Haiku, HI

Goldbean Sachs
Chris Hsu, San Mateo, CA

Just Four Easy Payments!
Lisa Katz, Cherry Hill, NJ

Down the Drain
Charlie Thanas, Leicester, MA

Charlotte Hanna, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Livin’ La Vida Mocha
June Johns, Las Vegas, NV

Cafe Au (Ken) Lay
Carole Mendelsohn, Palm Springs, CA

C.R.O.C. (Cup of Ridiculously Overpriced Coffee)
Frank Tedeschi, Rochester Hills, MI

Screw Yew Brew
John Donnelly, Woodstock, GA

Ray Shufelt, High Point, NC

Cof It Up!
Gloria J Walker, Sunbury PA

Beans for Brains
John W. Stinson, Springfield, MO

Fool’s Bold
Kathy W. Hughes, Memphis

Cafe au Laitaway
Clyde Bachelor, Warrenton, MO

Grounds for Divorce
Steve Kaplan, St. Louis Park, MN

The “Let’s not meet for coffee” coffee
Molly Kaplan, St. Louis Park, MN


Posted by Miles Klein, 2010-05-17 08:27:24

“FANCY COFFEE” My entry for this week’s contest on Page 50 of the May 21, 2010, issue of “The Week” is below:

Posted by “Fancy Coffee”, 2010-05-17 12:21:49

SU BJECT: “FANCY COFFEE” My submission for this week’s contest as to the $12 coffee is: “PHI BETA CAPPA CUPPA JAVA” (A highly educated cup o’coffee!)

Posted by Rozanna Nalett, 2010-05-17 12:24:19

Dodecadance. Decadance times twelve.

Posted by cathy Lee, 2010-05-17 20:36:45


Posted by EDWARD BALICKI, 2010-05-18 08:24:43

BLACK GOLD, Holy Water Cup O’ mortgage

Posted by steve k., 2010-05-18 12:31:04

Ripoffachino, RipoffGrande, HIP DRIP

Posted by steve kaplan, 2010-05-18 12:32:20

Grounds for Bankruptcy, Cash Cup, Recession-what Recession?

Posted by steve k., 2010-05-18 12:33:26

the 12 dollar orgasm, Joe Blow, the opiate of the asses.

Posted by steve kaplan, 2010-05-18 12:34:58

Nectar of the clods, Your daily cup of ego, P.T. Barnum’s Brew

Posted by steve kaplan, 2010-05-18 12:38:28

New Third World Order, the bernie madoff specialty cup, buddy can you spare 12 bucks for a cup of coffee special.

Posted by steve k., 2010-05-18 12:43:38

New Third World Order, the bernie madoff specialty cup, buddy can you spare 12 bucks for a cup of coffee special.

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  1. Heather says:

    This is too funny…:) 🙂 🙂 I remember a show Oprah did awhile back where she sampled a $50 cup of coffee…no joke about the price. I love my coffee, but not that
    I think I'll share this blog post with my friends too 🙂

    Greetings from Oregon,
    Heather H 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Mocha with Linda says:

    Of course the winner is my favorite!

    But no, $12 is way too much. I rarely even order entrees that expensive!