According to the recent Gallup poll, almost 64% of adults in the United States drink at least one cup of Joe in any given day. As a result, it’s not surprising that coffee shop segment is showing a lot of growth potential within the food and beverage industry. Some people are really serious about spending a lot of money just to get their hands on expensive and exotic coffee beans from around the world. At auctions, you won’t believe how much a pound of luxurious and rare coffee beans can fetch. To coffee addicts and aficionados out there, here’s a countdown of five of the world’s most expensive coffee:
Top 5. Saint Helena Coffee
For decades, Saint Helena Coffee Company has been producing the most coveted coffee beans in the world. In fact, this very aromatic coffee was actually the favorite of no less than Napoleon Bonaparte. And you can’t blame him because Saint Helena has a unique light caramel flavor with citrus and floral hints treasured by coffee lovers all over the world. Aside from being produced in a small island located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the fertilizer used to grow the beans make this coffee one of a kind. Instead of using livestock compost fertilizer, Saint Helena Coffee Company uses bird manure. At auctions, people pay around $79 per pound of this coffee.
Top 4. Kopi Luwak from Indonesia
If you are a bit squeamish, then you should skip this section because you may not want to know where these coffee beans come from. You see, the process of producing Luwak Coffee makes it expensive. In order to get the right flavor and aroma, the coffee beans are gathered from the feces of wild civet, a small cat-like animal. It is said that the fermentation process the beans undergo inside the civet’s digestive system make this coffee superbly flavorful. A few years ago, a pound of Kopi Luwak can fetch as much as $160 per pound.
Top 3. Hacienda La Esmeralda
Hacienda La Esmeralda is another popular coffee bean variety that has been considered as one of the priciest in the world. The beans are grown underneath guava trees located in the Panama’s Mount Baru. As a result, the beans have very delicate flavor. But the main reason why people are willing to spend around $350 per pound of this product is its rarity. Only a small quantity are being produced each year.
Top 2. Black Ivory
If you get tired of the taste of Kopi Luwak, you might want to have a cup of Black Ivory. This coffee, incidentally, also comes from animal droppings. Black Ivory coffee beans are fermented from the digestive system of Thai elephants. This process not only helps lessen the bitter taste of coffee but it also gives the brew a bit of nutty and chocolaty flavor with some floral hints. The coffee can cost around $500 per pound.
Top 1. Finca El Injerto
Finca El Injerto has been produced by the Aguirre family in Guatemala since 1840. Like Black Ivory, Finca also costs around $500 per pound. But it is considered as the world’s most expensive coffee because it’s very rare and unique. Considered as the smallest coffee bean, Finca El Injerto has a distinctive shape and size that comes from a rare variety of beans from Yemen. This coffee is dense and thick, but it has a fresh and clean finish with honeysuckle and big grapefruit flavors.