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Best Insanely Expensive Cup of Coffee 

Equator

Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard. But when it comes to that ultimate indulgence — a singularly delicious cup of coffee made from an experimental lot of beans harvested from lovingly tended trees by well-paid workers — there is one obvious choice. Equator Coffees & Teas' Finca Sophia is an Ethiopian heirloom coffee that's been transplanted to the Central American highlands, and the joe it yields is acidic and sweet, with what Equator's baristas call a "sparkling complexity." Thus, it'll set you back $15 a cup — or the equivalent of about 200 tea bags. As it's only available for a brief season, it won't be returning until December or so. But there's no shortage of $6 drip cups between now and then.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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