The $13 cup of joe
You know your city has arrived when somebody can charge $13 for a cup of coffee.
That day comes for Baltimore Saturday, when Spro in Hampden (Hampden!) starts offering 12-ounce servings of Aida's Grand Reserve for $13.
That's more than a buck an ounce for the basic cup of coffee, not some sort of tutti-frutti, tarted up, frappachino iteration.
"It's really a fantastic kind of coffee," said Spro owner Jay Caragay. "It's very juicy, fruity, good mouth feel, medium bodied."
And you can only get it at Spro's Hampden location, which opened on The Avenue (851 W. 36th) last weekend. Spro in the Towson Library will not serve it.
Aida Grand Reserve, grown in El Salvador by a woman named Aida Batlle, makes Jamaican Blue Mountain look like el cheapo supermarket brew. But don't be put off by the price. Spro offers 10 other beans. Those start at $2.50 per cup.
That leaves some money for pastries. Srpo sell treats from the bakery across the street, Puffs & Pastries.
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