Move aside Starbucks (or Five Bucks as many of us have grown accustomed to call it), here is the most expensive coffee in the world, as per pound.
The Most Expensive Coffee In The World
Hacienda La Esmeralda (Panama) – $350.25/lb
South and Central America are coveted for its incredibly excellent production of coffee beans. What makes Hacienda La Esmeralda of Panama that much better than the rest though? With a whopping price tag of $350+/ lb, we were curious to find out. Since 2004, it has won over 13 trophies for its magnificent taste.
So what gives the bean such a unique taste? The bean is grown in the shade of guava trees on the slopes of Mount Barú in Panama. The bean remains cultivated in only small quantities, so the rarity of it makes the price tag spike. This is a delicacy in the coffee world, so make sure to take a long and conscious sip if ever you are given the opportunity. With our ever-changing global climate, who knows how long the authentic cultivation of this bean will last? Given the opportunity, it is a once in a lifetime obligation for any coffee connoisseur.
Kopi Luwak Coffee (Indonesia) – $160/lb
If you’re a coffee connoisseur at all, the chances are that you’ve heard about Luwak Coffee. It is from Indonesia, and it has been made famous by it’s somewhat disgusting method of production. Interestingly, digestion is what makes this coffee unique. Kopi Luwak coffee is also known as civet coffee, and the process of its fragrant flavor comes from the digestion of the coffee bean inside the civet animal. The bean beings its fermentation inside the civet. Cool, right? The beans are then collected from the animal’s feces. The civet emits enzymes during the digestion process that alter the taste of the bean. This taste is revered worldwide. Consumers of Kopi Luwak are even willing to pay $160 per pound of Luwak Coffee.