What do you think how much the most expensive coffee costs?
Do you know there are coffee beans that costs around 1000 £ per pound? Sounds unreal that coffee can cost that much, don’t you think so?
Before I go any further, let’s see what can cause that some coffee beans costs much more then others. There are 3 main reasons that makes some coffee price much higher then others:
- Seasonal grows, growing only in certain regions of world
- Growing on a small scale
- Uncommon methods of processing
So coffee beans that are growing only in certain periods of year, coffee beans that are growing only in certain regions of world, coffee beans produced from rare coffee varieties that gives small yields and coffee beans that are processed in uncommon methods will most likely be much more expensive then others.
With that been said, let’s see top 5 of the worlds most expensive coffees..
Don Mariano Ospina Rodriguez was one of Colombia’s earliest and most influential coffee pioneers and this coffee was released as a celebration of the company’s rich history of 175 years. Ospina coffee beans from Colombia is growing between 7,700 and 7,900 feet. Really balanced, rich and complex flavor of almonds, berries and chocolate, with aroma of azahar, apricot and peach.
Beans are hand picked, and after sitting six months in oak barrels they start with the washing, fermenting and sun drying the beans. Its production is limited to only 100 pounds a year and its price is unbelievable, 1000£ per pound what makes this coffee the most expensive coffee in the world.
This is so out of my range, 1000£…What do you say about this, are you willing to pay that much for bag of coffee beans?
Black Ivory from Thailand is on 2nd place, with price around 740£ per pound.
It’s made from coffee cherries eaten by Thai elephants in the remote rural village of Ban Taklang, Surin in Thailand. 100% Thai arabica cherries are growing around 4900 feet and after being picked cherries are sent to elephant caregivers in Ban Taklang and they are mixing them with elephants favourite food.
After they eat cherries, it takes up to 72 hours for them to be pooped out. Beans are then hand-picked by caregivers and sent to the local school where final year high school students are paid to wash, rake and sun dry coffee beans.
And there’s my dream job, elephants poop picker or EPP 😁.
The result is coffee that lacks bitternes, almost like tea, with taste of chocolate/cacao, tobacco and leather, a hint of grass and red cherry.
Producers of Black Ivory Coffee says that this will be the most distinctive cup of coffee you will ever taste. Do you believe them?
On 3rd place proudly stands Esmeralda Geisha from Panama. This is unique coffee on this list that can only be bought on Esmeralda special auctions. And last year it reached price of around 610£ per pound.
Esmeralda special auction is an online coffee auction held by Hacienda la Esmeralda only once a year, usually in May or June. On that auction, Hacienda la Esmeralda offers a small collection of their highest performing Geisha microlots from farms Jaramilo, El Velo and Canas Verdes in Boquete, Panama.
You can register on their website and order samples from this year auction for 400$. Expensive but very interesting, don’t you think so?
4. Kopi Luwak
We came to 4th place and coffee named Kopi Luwak, with price around 240£ per pound.
Coming from Indonesia, Kopi Luwak is made from coffee cherries that are eaten by the Asian palm civet. You can imagine what comes after that. Oh yes, more poop.
Those civets supposed to be a picky eaters and they will eat only the best coffee cherries.
While being digested, beans will change their protein structure and loose acidity. This is the main reason why Kopi Luwak’s producers say that this is the tastier coffee in the world. Hard to believe for something that came out of some mammals ass, don’t you think so?
Anyway, taste is an individual thing and I won’t argue if someone says this is the tastier coffee in the world.
Here we are on number 5, This one is not in price range of first 4 coffees in this article, mostly because it’s a bit more available then first 4, but it’s also considered as one of the best coffees in the world. Peaberry Kona comes from Hawaii and have price around 66£ per pound. Koa Coffee produces premium Hawaiian Coffee that is hand picked and expertly roasted.
Only 3 to 5% of coffee cherries are holding one small oval bean that is called a “peaberry” bean. This kind of beans are rare in nature and that’s why this kind of beans are more expensive then regular coffee beans.
There are many reviews saying that this is the fullest, smoothest, most acid free coffee you could ever taste.
As we came to end of this list of top 5 most expensive coffee beans in the world, I just want to say that 30 times more expensive doesn’t mean that any of this coffee beans are 30 times better then some good coffee beans from your local roaster.
Do you agree? Let me know by leaving a comment below. I’ll be more then happy to see what you have to say about this.