So, I just read about this $11,000 coffee maker on Slate. I think the writer missed the point
Could a Coffee Maker Be Worth $11,000?
Obviously, if you have the refined taste to spend $11,000 on a coffee maker, you won't brew regular coffee that the unwashed masses can drink. It's all about exclusivity, you want the absolute best. This machine would go perfect brewing Kopi Luwak* coffee.
So, you can spend $11,000 on a coffee maker, spend $600 on a pound of coffee and make yourself the bestest (yes, I know its not a word) cup of coffee (along with some errant civet** poop)
I have a business idea for the super rich market. I will start a restaurant where everyone on the staff has a Phd from an Ivy League School (from cooks to dishwashers and cleaners) .That way, when your burger and fries costs $2500 you can have the satisfaction that it was touched only by the smartest hands. Oh, and you can also have a $100 cup of coffee to go with it. :-)
Kopi Luwak the most expensive coffee in the world does exist, and those who drink the expensive coffee insist that it is made from coffee beans eaten, partly digested and then excreted by the Common palm civet, a weasel-like animal.