Coffee. It’s the lifeblood that drives us through the work week. You may think your professional success is due to your smarts or strong work ethic, but the truth is you wouldn’t even make it passed 10 AM on Monday let alone to 5 PM on Friday if it wasn’t for coffee. Whether you order it black or with some sort of fancy name no one can pronounce like a frappa chappa latte, that caffeine fix has become an essential part of our day. Even if your office serves free coffee, you deserve to treat yourself to a good cup of coffee. No, I don’t mean Starbucks. Instead, treat yourself to one of these coffees listed as the most expensive in the world.
5. Ospina Dynasty Gran Cafe Premier Grand Cru – $150 per pound
Founded in 1835 by two brothers who escaped prison, the Ospina farm has become the first large scale commercial growing operation. The beans for this coffee are grown exclusively at an alititude of 7,500 feet or more in the volcanic highlands in Colombia’s Antiqua Provence. This blend offers a nutty aroma with hints of apricot and a chocolate almond flavor. The average price is $150 per pound, but you can find it on Amazon for a price point upwards of $750.
4. Hacienda La Esmeralda – $350 per pound
This coffee is considered among the most awarded winning many first place prizes in world wide competitions. Grown in Panama’s Boquete region, these beans are sourced only from coffee trees of the Gesha varietal which are only grown over 1,500 feet above sea level. These trees have a short growing season and only produce a minimal supply. The low supply paired with high labor costs leads to the high price point, but the strong citrusy flavor makes it well worth the purchase.
3. Finca El Injerto – $500 per pound
Grown in Guatemala, these beans are processed manually by only selecting small uniform beans. The rarity of these beans leads to a low supply, but the strong fruit and floral flavors make it one of the most highly demanded cups of joe on the market.
2. Kopi Luwak – $600 per pound
This is where things get a little weird. The Kopi Luwak is an Indonesian coffee that is roasted after being eaten, digested, and pooped out by a palm cevit, also known as a toddy cat. Sure it’s disgusting to drink another animal’s excrements, but apparently the digestion process within these cats puts the beans through a fermentation process that can’t be replicated anywhere else. Thankfully, each bean is washed before roasting yielding a plum, tea, and rose flavor.
1. Black Ivory – $1,500 per pound
You thought Starbucks gave you bad coffee breath, wait till you try this. The process used to create this coffee is similar to the Kopi Luwak, but on a much larger scale…Literally. Instead of tiny cats, Black Ivory uses elephants. In Thailand, elephants are fed Arabica beans and through a long digestion process create a bean with a smooth mellow taste. The high price point goes towards the rarity of beans that can actually be used (since elephants end up chewing most of them) and for the process of actually removing the beans (I’d charge a lot for that, too). Even better, sales of this product go towards funding elephant healthcare and refuges that rescue them from abuses of the tourism industry. Still, that’s gonna be a no for me dawg.
How about you? Would you ever try a coffee that an elephant shat out?