A hot cup of freshly brewed coffee is what most people crave, first thing in the morning. And if you are a luxury lover, then head over to the Anantara Hotels, Resorts, and Spas which has brought out Black Ivory Coffee at its four resorts in the Maldives, alongside their Golden Triangle resort in Thailand, to become the “first hotels in the world to offer one of the unique coffee experiences.” The coffee is priced at around $1,100 per kg and is one of the most expensive and exclusive in the world. For now, 50 kgs is up for purchasing. Why only 50, you wonder? Well, read the process of how it gets made after the jump; with a heart of steel, it may change the taste of coffee as you know it for good.
As all expensive coffees, this one also goes through a special “refinement” process. Here, the coffee beans are consumed and “naturally refined” by Thai elephants to break down the coffee protein, making them less bitter in the process. The beans are handpicked Thai Arabica beans growing at an altitude of 1,500 meters. Elephants eat and “deposit” these beans, which mahouts and sundried collect. Around 10,000 beans make one kg of roasted coffee, and thus 33 kgs of coffee cherries go into making one kilo of Black Ivory Coffee. Care for a cup?