Aromatic and invigorating coffee has become an integral part of our life. It is impossible to imagine a morning without him. And it does not matter: if you “conjure” a Turk, if you make coffee in a coffee pot, if you are a happy owner of an espresso machine or simply pour boiling water over instant coffee, which true gourmets unanimously despise. In any case, there is only one “diagnosis”: “coffeemania”. Coffee is “addictive”, it is a well known fact. And the “coffee mania” today is suffered by a large number of people around the world. Coffee is the second best-selling commodity on the world market after oil. And true connoisseurs are willing to spend fabulous money on their favorite beverage. Who’s bigger is cooler! So what is the most expensive coffee in the world? Who much does it cost?
Black ivory – “elephant” coffee
Currently, the most expensive type of coffee is called Black Ivory, or “Black Ivory”, which is produced only by the masters of Thailand. Why is very expensive? The answer is worth looking for … in the stomach of an elephant! To obtain the most expensive types of coffee, Thai experts collect the most common Arabica from coffee plantations and pass the beans through the elephant’s digestive tract. The acid in an animal’s stomach is said to corrode the protein in the grains, making the bitterness completely disappear from the drink. A common elephant takes between 15 and 30 hours to “produce” coffee, and to obtain one kilogram of coffee, an animal will have to swallow about 33 kilograms of raw Arabica beans mixed with the rest of its daily diet (bananas, beans, etc. .). Why so much? It’s just that the animal will either digest more than half of the coffee beans or lose them to the grass. I do not envy the masters who carefully choose coffee berries from elephant dung! After several stages of rinsing, they are sent to Bangkok to dry, where they make the most expensive coffee in the world.
Currently, 26 elephants “work” in the production of Black Ivory, and more than 30 of these rare animals have already been saved with the profits from the sale of coffee. In addition, many of the ranchers have obtained permanent jobs and 8% of the proceeds go to a charitable foundation dedicated to the protection of these noble animals. Thai Black Ivory coffee is a delicacy that is not available to everyone. You can only buy it in some five-star hotels in the country, as well as in the Maldives and Abu Dhabi. For the most expensive coffee, the price reaches $ 1,100 per kilogram, and a small cup will cost a gourmet up to $ 50.
Kopi Luwak – “thank you” to Luwak
“Kopi” in Indonesian is “brown”, and “luwak” is a small, fluffy animal that looks like a squirrel, an animal in the citrus family. Consequently, the second most expensive coffee in the world called Kopi Luwak is prepared using the same technology as “elephant” coffee, with one exception: the coffee beans pass through the digestive tract of the Luwak animal.
Being a small predator, the luwak will not miss the opportunity to delight in the ripe fruits of the coffee tree. Also, her lip is not stupid – she chooses only the ripe and most delicious berries. Whether due to greed or the specific structure of the stomach, the animal eats many more Arabica beans than it can digest. Consequently, the undigested coffee beans that pass through the intestines are exposed to enzymes. Gourmets swear that the most expensive type of coffee in Luwak’s stomach takes on a special flavor and aroma with soft chocolate tones. Well-fed animals leave their waste under the trees, where farmers “wait” for them. It’s even hard to imagine in which inflamed brain the idea of extracting coffee beans from excrement and even eating them was born! However, the fact is that Kopi Luwak coffee is bought and for a lot of money.
For the second most expensive coffee, the price is about $ 400 per kilo. More shipping. Most of the fans of this, to put it mildly, exotic “animal” coffee live in Japan.
Jamaica Blue Mountain – Gift of the Blue Mountains
Another more expensive coffee is Jamaica Blue Mountain, which grows at its highest point in the Blue Mountains, or Blue Mountains, in Jamaica. The mountain range reaches 2,200 meters in height and the manicured coffee plantations are at least 1,200 meters above sea level. The local climate is quite cool, hazy and quite humid here. These climatic characteristics, together with rich soils, create ideal conditions for the growth of coffee trees. A total of 6 hectares are planted with coffee trees. Experts say that this coffee has outstanding qualities, and its flavor and aroma are characterized by a special softness, balance, lack of bitterness of the coffee.
It is quite difficult to get Jamaican coffee, because almost 80% of the products are bought by the main gourmet: Japan. It is estimated that the Japanese spend around $ 15 million annually on Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, and the average price of a kilogram of beans reaches $ 300. The rest of the manufactured product was almost completely divided between the US and Great Britain. .
Hacienda la Esmeralda – the “purest” coffee
Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee is considered the best Panamanian coffee, which is grown and processed with love on a farm located on the slopes of Mount Baku, in western Panama. What is the beauty of this drink? Coffee trees are grown at an optimal altitude of 1400-1700 meters above sea level, and the very rich volcanic soil is simply “paradise” for this crop. Furthermore, the local region is a unique place that is not subject to human intervention, where nature is practically intact and the water sources have preserved their purity. The coffee growers at Hacienda La Esmeralda are working hard to keep this ecosystem intact, protecting the forests from deforestation. Hunting of birds and animals is strictly prohibited here. In such an amazing region, the “purest” coffee in the world is born: Hacienda La Esmeralda. The coffee beans are harvested only by hand, then go through numerous testing and roasting procedures. This coffee is only slightly roasted, so the drink has a special spicy aroma.
A kilogram of this coffee costs around $ 250. This fourth most expensive coffee in the world has received the highest awards and medals on several occasions: in 2005, 2006 and 2007 the Coffee Association of America awarded it first place, in 2008 and 2009 it was named Best Coffee, and from 2004 to 2010 was named Best Coffee in Panama.
S t. Helena – smallest “coffee” island cafe
S t. Helena is a unique product of St. Helena, which began to be produced in 1733. Of course, one cannot speak of industrial production of this coffee on a small plot, as local artisans harvest only 12 tons of coffee beans per year. . Among coffee connoisseurs, St. Helena is a success not only for its exclusivity, but also for its unique quality characteristics. Unusual coffee beans with an oblong shape that resembles the shape of a bean undergoes a special wet treatment, which gives them a unique glossy shine. As gourmets say, St. Helena with pronounced acidity, dense flavor, good balance and a unique aroma, in which notes of citrus and caramel intertwine. Obtaining this product is problematic and its price is around 180 dollars per kilo.
The more expensive varieties of coffee described above are true treasures that true gourmets are looking for, willing to spend a lot of money for a real treat. Coffee has an amazing effect on people, envelops us in its magical charms and immerses us in its magical aroma over and over again. But what does it matter how much it costs and how can true pleasure be evaluated in monetary terms?