If your New Year’s resolution was to stop spending so much damn money at Starbucks, just close this window right now. If, however, you’re looking for a more conspicuously opulent way to jumpstart your day than a $7 almond milk venti latte, perhaps a 24-karat gold, custom-made coffee pot will do the trick.
Billing itself as “the world’s first-ever bespoke coffee maker,” only eight Royal Coffee Makers are produced each month. The coffee pot includes a Baccarat crystal carafe and can be made from 24-karat gold, copper, or silver, set on a base made from obsidian, azurite, or malachite that can be engraved with the purchaser’s initials or family crest — because clearly anyone sinking this kind of money into a kitchen appliance has a family crest.
The handiwork of French artist Jean-Luc Rieutort and a crew of sculptors, metallurgists, and engineers, the Royal Coffee Maker is a recreation of the syphon coffee brewers used by royalty in the 1800s and costs between $10,000 and $18,000, depending on materials. Presumably, buyers will also want to hire a live-in barista to operate it for them.
Obviously the only kind of beans worthy of fueling this coffee pot are the variety that have been eaten and then pooped out by an adorable jungle cat; civet coffee beans run around $600 a pound, a mere drop in the (solid gold) bucket for the ultra-rich coffee connoisseur.
Watch this hideously extravagant contraption in action, below: