In an exclusive series of The Most Expensive, we commemorate with The Most Expensive- Coffees for all those serious coffee connoisseurs who are looking for a world-class drink rather than a “gourmet” cup. Are you tired of drinking your espresso or cappuccino and would prefer to drink a coffee beverage that is a bit more exclusive? Coffee (derived from the Arabic word ‘Kahweh’) is a beverage, served hot or cold, prepared from the roasted coffee beans of the coffee plant. It is the second most commonly traded commodity in the world and one of the most ingested beverages. Like true coffee addicts, the guys over at Forbes have scoured the globe looking for the most expensive coffees in the world. And we’re not talking about specialty coffee drinks, but about the beans themselves. Here are a few flavors that are tagged as the most expensive coffees, thanks to fine quality, distinctive aroma, rich flavor and a unique sweetness.
1. Kopi Luwak – The most expensive caffeine luxury comes from the poop of the civet cat, Indonesia and it costs $160 per pound.
2. Hacienda La Esmeralda – This coffee from Boquete, Panama has exotic flavor and aroma as it is carefully cultivated under the shade of the guava tree. This coffee costs $104 per pound.
3. Island of St. Helena Coffee Company – This one from St. Helena, Africa might have gone down in demand but is now rocking high at $79 per pound.
4. El Injerto – This coffee is grown in Huehuetenango and is expected to sell at more than $50 per pound.
5. Fazenda Santa Ines – Grown in Minas Gerais, Brazil, it is reported to have scored 95.85 points out of 100 in the Cup of Excellence history costs $50 per pound.
6. Blue Mountain from Wallenford Estate, Jamaica is famous for its balancing aroma and taste and takes $49 for a pound.
7. Los Planes from Citala, El Salvador also has similar recognition from the 2006 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition and it costs $40 per pound.
8. Kona coffee from Hawaii costs a humble $34 for its mild flavor, aroma and great aftertaste.
9. Starbucks Rwanda Blue Bourbon from Gatare/Karengera, Rwanda is famous for its handcrafted high quality and is available for $24 per pound.
10. Yauco Selecto AA from Puerto Rico is again great with mildness and is available for $11.
11. Fazenda Sao Benedito from Minas Gerias, Brazil is a combo of bittersweet chocolate roast taste and is available for $21 per pound.
Such top-quality coffees are rare and prices for them are accordingly high. You dare not add milk or sugar to coffee of this caliber as it would compete with the beans’ natural sweetness, and distinct flavors and aromas.