Coffee may generally be a daily and affordable habit, but there are some varieties of coffee in the world that cost a small fortune. Particularly technical processing, rare coffee beans and limited production are some of the factors that increase their price. we present to you the five most expensive coffee varieties in the world.
Kopi luwak is the world's most expensive and low-production variety of coffee. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp.
In the digestive tract, the civets' proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness.
St. Helena coffee
St. Helena coffee has a distinctive quality and unique heritage as it is not just a pure Arabica coffee, but a single type of Arabica bean known as Green Tipped Bourbon Arabica.
Green Tipped Bourbon Arabica is a subtle and delicate bean, which requires great care during harvesting, wet processing and roasting, to ensure that all of its wonderful characteristics are preserved for the enjoyment of the true coffee connoisseurs.
Finca el injerto coffee
Jesús Aguirre Panamá was the first owner of the farm, which he acquired during the year 1874. He started planting sugarcane to produce crystallized sugar known as "panela", corn, beans, and tobacco. Around 1900 he started the planting and production of COFFEE, and called the farm EL INJERTO, as ‘injerto’ is the name of a fruit native to the area.
Today the farm is managed by the third and fourth generation of the Aguirre family. After all this years they have specialized in producing high quality coffee. To be able to do this they have invested a lot in investigation, technology and education.
Located in the Highlands of Huehuetenango close to the famous Sierra de los Cuchumatanes the farm plantations goes from 1500masl all the way to 1920masl where the most delicate and exotic varieties are planted.
El Injerto has mineral rich non volcanic soil, an average precipitation of 1600mm and temperatura of 22ºC resulting in some of the best microclimates to produce Specialty Coffee. El Injerto transmits with its coffees the most honest expression of its terroir characterized by the climate and soil attributes of location.
Black ivory coffee
With notes of chocolate, malt, spice, a hint of grass and without the burnt or bitter taste of regular coffee, Black Ivory Coffee will be the most distinctive cup you will ever have tried, even if you are not a coffee expert!
Ten years in the making, Black Ivory Coffee is created through a process whereby coffee cherries are naturally refined by Thai elephants in the remote rural village of Ban Taklang, Surin, Thailand. With a 2019 allocation of 150 kg (330 LBS), Black Ivory Coffee is the world's rarest coffee and is sold primarily to select five star hotels.
Ospina Coffee is the cumulative achievement of five generations of coffee lovers and the product of a land so rich and lush that it is unmatched by any other place on Earth.
The team only produce and roast the rare and scarce Arabica Typica beans, which demand more attention, but results in superior quality and flavor. Grown in the volcanic and rich mountain slopes of the Andes, under the shade of the canopy of the tropical forest, teeming with varieties of birds, and orchids.
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