A Cup of Joe and Chunk of Change: The World's Most Expensive Coffee Varieties
February 16, 2015
As a barista, I know what people will pay for a good cup of coffee. You have your daily drip drinkers, your weekly frap fanatics, and your hipster espresso machine owners. I can tell you a variety of brewing methods for a variety of price points, I've seen people with coffee budgets in the triple digits, but I'd never quite seen this:
The Three Most Expensive Coffee Varieties--
Luwak Coffee ($160/pound): Now, to be in the category of world's most expensive coffee, you knew that there had to be something special about this brew. Well, there is, the secret lies within the guts of a civet-- a small weasle from Indonesia. You see, in a civet's gut are enzymes that change a coffee's taste and texture to reportedly amazing. To make this pricey cup of joe, a civet is fed coffee berries and the undigested beans are later collected from fesces, washed, cooked and sold for top dollar.
Hacienda La Esmeralda ($350.25/pound): This coffee has a tamer origin than the other two. Hacienda is very expensive for its very specific growing location: under the shade of guava trees on the slope of Mount Baru in Panama. It is only collected in very small quantities.
Black Ivory Coffee ($2,200/pound): This curious coffee is similar to Luwak's origins, except it starts in an elephant. However, I find this one a little more trustworthy, becuase as elephants are herbivores and Luwaks are not, their poo is much more like sorting for coffee beans in grass than dung. However, not to excuse the curosity, this can only be collected in small amounts because it takes elephants so long to digest, and more importantly, it is so difficult to locate their poo.
Did you have any idea the most expensive coffee came form such, er, unique origins?
Knowledge compliments of financesonline.com and NPR.org
Origins: Great Lakes Tea and Spice Co.
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