What are the most expensive coffees in the world in 2018? It’s made by elephants, literally. The Black Ivory Coffee Company in Thailand feeds elephants with Arabia beans. The excreted beans are then roasted and processed into coffee, the perfect brew to wake you up. If elephant dung isn’t your thing, no worries. Here are other expensive coffee brands priced by the pound.
10. Hawaiian Kona Coffee – $34/pound
This coffee has a fantastic flavor and unique taste. It finds a place among the world’s most expensive coffees because it is made of a rare variety of beans. In addition, this coffee is in short supply which means most sellers use a blend of 10% Kona coffee and 90% cheaper variety. To enjoy the complete Hawaiian coffee experience, ensure you buy and consume 100% Kona coffee.
9. Los Planes Coffee – $40/pound
Finca Los Planes coffee is cultivated on a farm in El Salvador by the family of a person named Sergio Ticas Yeyes. This coffee won second place at the 2006 Cup of Excellence and sixth place in 2011. Popular flavors include brown sugar threads and tangerine with caramel. Though the price seems steep, many coffee lovers are willing to shell out the amount because of the drink’s refreshing taste.
8. Starbucks Quadriginoctuple Frap – $47.30/cup
This is Starbucks’s most expensive coffee. It commands such a high price because it is produced in limited quantities and includes a range of flavored ingredients such as 48 mocha frappucino with vanilla chips, caramel ice cream, two bananas, strawberry, caramel blues top, protein powder, pizza powder, and soybean mocha mattress. The cost is totally worth it as you are sure to feel energized and stimulated after consuming this exotic drink.
7. Fazenda Santa Ines – $50/pound
The highlight of this coffee is its fruity and sweet flavor. It is cultivated near the base of the Mantiquera mountains in Brazil and its production dates back to more than hundred years. This valuable coffee is patronized by a large number of people around the world. They are attracted to this tasty drink as its ingredients include different delicious fruits.
6. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – More than $50/pound
This coffee is cultivated in the Jamaican Blue mountains at a height of about 5,000 feet. This area is characterized by heavy rainfall and therefore water supply is abundant. The coffee beans are processed here after picking and sent to other places. This drink has a characteristic mild taste that lacks bitterness. It is popular in Japan which is one of the largest importers of this brand.
5. Saint Helena Coffee – $79/pound
The great Napoleon Bonaparte was an ardent fan of this coffee and cultivated it on the island of St. Helena which accounts for its name. The drink has continued to flourish since then. The island is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,200 miles from the west coast of Africa. Therefore, transportation costs are high which is one of the reasons for the hefty price tag. However, lovers of this brand are more than willing to shell out the high price as the drink has a high-quality, fragrant caramel flavor with hints of citrus.
4. Kopi Luwak – $160/pound
This coffee is made in Indonesia by Asian palm civets. These animals consume the coffee cherries and ferment them during digestion. Then they deposit the coffee beans in their feces from where they are collected and processed. The unique delicious taste of this coffee is because of the enzymes secreted by the civet during digestion. As a result, kopi luwak coffee is also known as civet coffee.
3. Hacienda La Esmeralda – $350/pound
This coffee has won numerous first place awards in worldwide coffee contests over the past many years. It is cultivated on the sides of Mount Baru in Panama in the shade of guava trees. This rare coffee delicacy offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for connoisseurs with its fantastic taste and rich flavor. It bagged a whopping $350.25 per pound at a recent auction.
2. Finca El Injerto Coffee – $500/pound
Finca El Injerto Coffee is expensive because it is made from rare, rich, small beans. The grain quality is improved by washing them in a single channel and breaking them twice. Despite its going rate of $500/pound it is a popular drink that is favored by coffee aficionados around the globe.
1. Black Ivory Coffee – More than $500/pound
This coffee is made from Arabica beans by the Black Ivory Coffee Company in Thailand. Similar to civet coffee, it is prepared by elephants that consume the Arabica coffee beans and process them during digestion. Their stomach acid breaks down the bean proteins and provides a characteristic robust flavor to the drink. This coffee is rare and expensive because only a small amount of beans are available at any time. You need to shell out about $50 for a cup of black ivory coffee which makes it currently the most expensive coffee in the world.