Top 10 most expensive coffee in the world

The most exotic coffee for true connoisseurs

25 Mar 2019, words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Lifestyle

Top 10 most expensive coffee in the world

Do you love coffee to the extent that you wouldn't mind spending a solid amount on the good quality ones? Then this list of the top 10 most expensive coffee in the world might be of interest:

1. black ivory coffee - usd 500 per pound

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The most expensive coffee in the world is made from Arabica beans by the Black Ivory Coffee Company in Thailand. It is prepared by feeding Arabica coffee cherries to elephants. As the cherries pass through the elephants' digestive systems, their stomach acid breaks down the bean proteins and provides them with flavours. The coffee is expensive because only a small amount of coffee cherries survive after the process of the production as most of it is chewed up, fragmented or are lost after being excreted.

2. finca el injerto coffee - usd 500 per pound

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Finca El Injerto Coffee is one of the most expensive coffee in the world. It is made from rare, rich and small beans, which is the main reason for its high price tag. The grains are washed in a single channel and are broken twice, which improves their quality. 

3. Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee - usd 350 per pound

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The Hacienda La Esmeralda Coffee is known to be cultivated on the sides of Mount Baru in Panama in the shades of guava trees. Offering great taste and rich flavour, the high price of it is a result of expertise and experience which is required for the entire process. This connoisseurs' delight was sold for USD 350.25 per pound at a recent auction.

4. Kopi Luwak coffee - USD 160 per pound

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Kopi Luwak, one of the most exotic coffee in the world is made in Indonesia, by Asian palm civets. The animals are made to eat coffee cherries, which get fermented during digestion. The unique taste that the coffee features are because of the enzymes that are secreted by the civet during digestion. The beans are then collected from their feces, where they remain deposited. They are further processed into the finished products that can be bought from the market.

5. Saint Helena Coffee - USD 79 per pound

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The name of this coffee is derived from the name of an island, St. Helena, where it is cultivated. It is a former prison island of Napolean Bonaparte, who was an ardent lover of the coffee and used the island to cultivate them. St. Helena is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, around 1,200 miles away from the west coast of Africa. The high price tag that comes with the coffee is primarily because of the transportation cost that is involved in the process. The coffee, however, is of very good quality, offering caramel flavour with a hint of citrus.

6. Molokai coffee - USD 51 per pound

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Hawaii is widely believed to be the best state in the United States when it comes to cultivating coffee. Molokai Coffee is one of the best coffee that is grown in this region. The high price tag of this coffee is because of the coffee-making skills and the excellent coffee growing conditions that combine to produce the exotic drink.

7. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee - usd 50 per pound

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The Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is cultivated on the Jamaican Blue Mountains at a height of around 5,000 feet. Heavy rainfall that the area receives provides with the coffee with an abundance of water supply. The drink lacks the bitterness of a usual coffee and is mild in taste. It is immensely popular in Japan, which is a major reason for its high price tag.

8. Fazenda Santa Ines Coffee - USD 50 per pound

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Cultivated near the base of the Mantiquera mountains in Brazil, the production of the Fazenda Santa Ines Coffee dates back to more than a hundred years. The coffee is known to be very tasty and its ingredients include a number of delicious fruits, offering it a sweet and fruity flavour. 

9. Los Planes Coffee - usd 40 per pound

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Cultivated on a farm in El Salvador by the family of Sergio Ticas Yeyes, Finca Los Planes Coffee had won the second place at the 2006 Cup of Excellence and the sixth place in 2011. It tastes refreshing and comes in flavours that include brown sugar threads and tangerine with caramel. 

10. Mi Esperanza Coffee - usd 35 per pound

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Mi Esperanza Coffee is known for having fetched an amount of USD 35 per pound at an auction and is extremely popular among coffee lovers. The price of the coffee is because it leaks the bitter aftertaste that is common with other kinds of coffee. It also comes in flavours like nuts, fruits and spices that offer a richer tasting experience.