Coffee, it comes in so many flavors and varieties. All over the world this lucrative cash crop is grown to satisfy our insatiable need for caffeine. As any coffee-lover knows, not all coffees are created equally. Read on to discover the five most expensive coffees from around the world, some very controversial, and all of them very outrageously priced.
Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – $60/pound
One of the world’s most expensive coffees is born among the misty mountains of Jamaica. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is grown at about 5,000 feet elevation in, you guessed it, the Jamaican Blue mountains. It is the perfect place to grow coffee, as it receives ample rainfall, the climate is temperate, and the soil is rich and well-drained. The Blue Mountains are situated between Kingston and Port Antonio; they are considered some of the Caribbean’s tallest mountain ranges. Apparently, Japan really loves their Jamaican Blue because they import 80% of the coffee the brand produces.
Ospina Coffee – $87/oz
Ospina Coffee’s Dynasty Gran CAFÉ, Grand Cru Classe is another luxurious coffee that comes with quite a price tag. Produced by the first coffee plantation ever established in Columbia, Ospina Coffee, the rare Arabica Typica beans are grown between 7,700 and 7,900 feet elevation in the tropical forests of the Andes. It is prized for its peachy, fruity fragrance and notes of apricot, chocolate, berries and almonds.
Kopi luwak – $160/pound
Kopi luwak is one of the most expensive coffees in the world, and one of the most controversial. It is made in Southeast Asia from palm civets who eat the coffee cherries and then poop them out (to put it bluntly). That’s why it’s earned the nickname “civet coffee”. This rare coffee must be sifted out of the animal droppings before it’s ready for processing. Somehow, it manages to taste earthy and tea-like.
Hacienda La Esmeralda – More than $500/pound
Hacienda La Esmeralda makes some of the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world. They have several coffee farms located in the tropical regions of Panama, South America. They grow this gourmet coffee on the slopes of Mount Baru which has the perfect balance of sunlight and shade. Known for their rich flavor, their beans are exclusively sold at auction. The minimum purchase in the Esmeralda Special Auction is one auction lot (300 pounds of green coffee). It is held once a year, most often during May or June.
Black Ivory Coffee – $100,000+/100 grams
The most expensive coffee, currently to date, is Black Ivory Coffee. Made by elephants in Thailand, it has an extremely large price tag. The elephants are fed the Arabica beans and then they are plopped out of their lower half before being hand-sorted and roasted. Sound yummy? Well it is, in fact. The beans are famous for their chocolaty, nutty flavor.