There is no dearth of lovers of finest things in this world. With great money, great love for finesses can also be felt. And to the top of it, a fondness for things with “class” is no more a surprising thing. One such thing is Coffee. Coffee lovers are ample and a wide variety of it available in the market. And not to mention- the choice of the rich peoples- the most expensive coffees.
These coffees are produced in strange ways where the preparation method includes animal grains crushed by elephants or fruits tasted by monkeys. Most expensive coffees in the world involve curious cultivation techniques that elevate the category and price of the beverage to a level really strange.
Finding someone who doesn’t like coffee is very difficult, no matter what the age. Every drink has a price, and coffee is no different. Several countries in the world cultivate the plant and that is why there is no shortage of options and varieties in terms of quality, taste and aroma.
If you are a classic coffee connoisseur, be assured that you will fall in love with the list and will be much more amazed to see the jaw-dropping prices.
Want to see? Here you go!
1 Kopi Luwak (Indonesia)
Kopi Luwak is the finest and most expensive coffee that anyone can taste or at least dream to taste. The production of Kopi Luwak happens in Bali Island, Indonesia. This coffee is made from the feces of civet-mammal or civet cat who used to eat coffee. But they are unable to digest coffee beans or coffee seeds inside coffee cherries. Some fermentation occurs during the digestion process before it expels it from feces that adds a special taste to the coffee beans. That’s why this coffee is also famous as Civet poop coffee.
This process ensures that a natural fermentation happens and the result is a beverage with little or zero bitterness.
Now coming on to the real heartbreak- A pound of the Kopi Luwak goes for sale at an average price of $ 2,880, currently the highest value around the world.
2 Black Ivory Coffee (Thailand)
The Black Ivory Coffee is produced in Thailand and it is prepared from finest Arabica coffee beans which is grown on plantations above 1,500 m of altitude. This coffee is chewed by Thai elephants before being swallowed by them. The fruit passes through the natural digestion of the elephants where the fruits interact with the herbs present in the elephant body before being expelled from the feces. After the roasting of the grains, the drink presents notes of grams, herbs and chocolate with cinnamon, in addition to low acidity.
Dr. Marcone from the University of Guelph, suggests enzymes present in the body of elephants break down proteins from coffee beans. Protein is the main culprit that adds bitterness to the beverage. Thus low amount of protein leads to low or almost no bitterness.
A kilogram of Black Ivory Coffee will set you back by $ 1,200.
3 Jacu Bird Coffee
The Brazilian representative in this list is based in Espírito Santo and ranks third among the most curious and expensive coffees in the world followed by Kopi Luwak and Black Ivory. Cultivated with authorization from Ibama, this delicacy is extracted from the feces of guan by swallowing the grain without chewing. In the stomach of the bird, coffee absorbs acids and enzymes that guarantee low acidity, bitterness and medium sweetness to the drink. This beverage is usually rich in jasmine notes.
A kilogram of The Jacu Bird Coffee can be purchased for $ 1,150.
4 Monkey Coffee (Taiwan)
As the name might be suggesting, this Taiwan grown coffee is produced by passing the grains of the Monkey Coffee to real monkeys. The monkeys eat the outside of the fruit and spit the seeds, following the process in which they are harvested, washed and dried naturally in the sun before being roasted and ground. The drink has enjoyable and flavoring notes of caramel and vanilla with high levels of sweetness and medium acidity.
A kilogram of Monkey Coffee sets back by $ 700.
5 El Injerto (Guatemala)
To give an idea about the top notch quality of the coffee produced in Guatemala, it is must to know that the farm that grows the El Injerto has won nine times the Cup of Excellence – a kind of award that rolls around the world. Although not the most expensive, it is much sought by coffee fans after the above beverages. The farm in Guatemala has a total of 447 hectares plantation filled with coffee, fruit orchards and ornamental plants.
A pound of El Injerto is priced at $ 500.
6 Hacienda La Esmeralda (Panama)
Produced by the Peterson Family at Hacienda La Esmeralda in Boquete, Panama, the coffee is grown under the shade of guava trees. Anyone who loves coffee is sure to be delighted and get crazed with the unique taste of drink. The taste of this coffee has earned several accolades- the remarkable one being the Best of Panama competitions in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. In the Specialty Coffee of America Roaster’s Guild competition held in 2006 and 2007, it was declared first.
A pound of Hacienda La Esmeralda is priced at $ 480 per pound.
7 St. Helena Coffee Company’s Island (St. Helena)
St. Helena is located 1,200 kilometers off the coast of Africa and has been growing coffee for years. Its popularity is credited to Napoleon Bonaparte as he was the one who brought seeds to the island. Besides Napoleon, what makes St Helena coffee special is its taste. There is the Green Tipped Bourbon Arabica seed which was imported in 1733 from Mocha, Yemen, and is still being cultivated today.
Harvesting and processing of the coffee is an intricate affair as it starts ripening and deteriorating soon after a week. Even picking early or late badly affects the taste. The mature aroma and taste of the coffee comes from a rigorous resting and hulling process. Resting allows the flavor to develop.
The coffee is priced is $ 366.
8 Fazenda Santa Inês (Brazil)
Brazil comes in the list with one more expensive coffee, priced at $ 232 for a kilogram. It is produced in Minas Gerais (an inland state of Brazil). The most impressive part is that the coffee is still cultivated in a traditional way.
9 Blue Mountain (Jamaica)
The Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is especially known for having a mild taste and no bitter end. In the last decades, coffee has been able to develop a great reputation and is one of the most sought coffee in the world. This coffee-fruit is harvested at altitudes ranging 1800-2200 meters in the Blue Mountain range, the highest in Jamaica, and 45 kilometers long. It has the reputation of being one of the most popular gourmet coffees in the world by interesting sensory characteristics, with notes of citrus fruits, light body and low bitterness. The production of this variety is limited to small producers and local cooperatives, with extremely controlled acidity throughout the process.
Over 80% of it is exported to Japan with a pound of Blue Mountain at a price of US $ 230.
10 Los Planes (El Salvador)
Los Planes is a species of coffee grown in Citalá, El Salvador. For you to have an idea, during the Cup of Excellence 2006, the Los Planes coffee came in second place, second only to El Grafico. It is prepared from special hybrid tress of Arabica fruits. The producers add dark fruit flavors of plums and raisins to this beverage to make its taste distinguishable.
It is marked at a selling price of $ 184.