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Fun on Friday: A Golden Coffee Break

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Happy Friday!

Pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee because it’s time for some Fun on Friday. And if you really want to enjoy that cup of Joe, I highly recommend adding some gold.

Actually, I don’t recommend that at all. As I’ve made clear in several Fun on Friday posts, I don’t really get the appeal of eating gold.

Buying gold? Yes, I get that. Wearing gold? Sure! Eating it? Nah.

But apparently, there’s a market for gold cuisine. You’ve heard of money to burn? Well, this is money to eat (or drink as in the beer made of gold). Now you can add gold coffee to the list of consumable products featuring the yellow metal.

Business Insider called it a “money shot” — gold cappuccino. You’ll not only get a jolt of caffeine with this delectable concoction. It also features “a generous quantity” of 24-carat gold mixed into the espresso. The drink is topped with Italian gold flakes and embellished with a sail-like design in the cappuccino foam. Your java is paired with a chocolate marshmallow, also sprinkled with a shower of finely-milled gold flakes.

The mid-afternoon coffee break set is served on a fine-bone, gold-gilded china in keeping with the theme.”

Bougie.

Not my thing. I’m more of a styrofoam cup kind of guy. But I have to admit, I’m kind of sold on the chocolate marshmallow – gold or no gold.

So, I’m sure you’re wondering how much this is going to set you back. Well, it’s surprisingly affordable — a mere $26!

There’s just one problem.

You’re going to have to get to Dubai to enjoy this concoction. “The Ultimate Gold Cappuccino” is only available at the Burj Al Arab, a hotel famous for its sail-like silhouette.

I have to admit, I’m wouldn’t be likely to fork out $26 for a cup of coffee, no matter how fancy-schmancy. Like I said, the marshmallow makes it tempting. But I would probably still pass. I won’t even pay Starbucks prices for coffee.

[Full disclosure, I don’t drink coffee at all. It’s bitter and tastes something like what I imagine battery acid tastes like. Given that, you might want to take my coffee advice with a grain of salt – or a fleck of gold depending on your taste.]

Anyway, people like to eat gold. I think it’s the indulgence factor. It feels decadent and like you’ve “made it.” Maybe the reason I don’t get it is that I haven’t made it.  But regardless, the gold food thing definitely taps into humanity’s long-time love affair with the yellow metal. Gold has intrinsic value. You couldn’t sell coffee with aluminum sprinkles. (Did I just set your teeth on edge?) But when you serve food or drinks covered in gold, people realize it’s something special. Gold is special.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I don’t want to eat it. I don’t need “special” poop. I need to keep increasing my wealth! I like to keep my gold outside of my body.

Don’t get me wrong. If you enjoy eating gold food, go for it. That’s the beauty of a free country!

But if you’d rather just hold your gold in your hand in the form of high-quality gold bars and coins, I recommend calling a SchiffGold precious metals specialist. They can give you all the ends and outs on precious metals investing. They can probably even point you to a good place to get coffee in Manhatten. But don’t count on your coffee being covered with gold.

Fun on Friday is a weekly SchiffGold feature. We dig up some of the off-the-wall and off-beat stories relating to precious metals and share them with you – with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Click here to read other posts in this series.

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Michael Maharrey is the managing editor of the SchiffGold blog, and the host of the Friday Gold Wrap Podcast and It's Your Dime interview series.
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