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Top 10 Most Expensive Coffees in the World

Thursday, September 29th 2011. | Education

Coffee is a brewed beverage with a dark, slightly acidic flavor prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant, colloquially called coffee beans. The beans are found in coffee cherries, which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Below is the list of most expensive coffees in the world.

 

10. Coffee Yauco Selecto AA, Puerto Rico: $24 per pound

Coffee Yauco Selecto AA

Coffee Yauco Selecto AA

Has the mellowness of other island coffees, with more body and excellent soft, bittersweet flavors. Yauco Selecto is the premium coffee from the small growing regions on the island and production is limited.In Europe, Puerto Rican coffees were considered the pinnacle of quality, because they have unparalleled body for an island coffee, and a soft low-acid flavor profile. Very nice cup of coffee.

9. Starbucks Rwanda Blue Bourbon, Gatare/Karengera, Rwanda: $24 per pound

Starbucks Rwanda Blue Bourbon

Starbucks Rwanda Blue Bourbon

Starbucks coffee beans are found in Gatare and Karengera from their visit to a coffee washing station in Rwanda in 2004. Now, Rwanda Blue Bourboncoffee farmers plant beans as main crops.

 

8. Kona Coffee – $34 per pound

 

Kona Coffee

Kona Coffee

Grown in Hawaii. In 1820, the British brought Brazilian coffee trees to Kona which was rich with volcanic soil.  Kona coffees are known for their clean, pleasant, mild flavors and good aftertaste.

7. Los Planes Coffee – $40 per pound

Los Planes Coffee

Los Planes Coffee

Grown in Citala, El Salvador Los Planes from El Salvador get the 2nd place in the 2006 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition, scoring 93.52 out of 100 from international jury.

6. Blue Mountain Coffee – $49 per pound

Blue Mountain Coffee

Blue Mountain Coffee

Grown in Wallenford Estate, Jamaica. Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee sell mostly in Japan with around 85% of the coffee are exported there. This coffee is very popular among coffee lovers because of its mild taste and aroma.

5. Fazenda Santa Ines Coffee – $50 per pound

Fazenda Santa Ines Coffee

Fazenda Santa Ines Coffee

Grown in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Fazenda Santa Ines coffee received the highest rate in Cup of Excellence history, with an almost perfect score of 95.85 points out of 100. If you would like to have a taste of the premium coffee try to check out at the Caffe Artigiano.

4. El Injerto Coffee – $50 per pound

El Injerto Coffee

El Injerto Coffee

Grown in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. El Injerto coffee from the region of Huehuetenango, Guatemala was ranked at no 4 place from the top. This coffee won the first place in the 2006 Cup of Excellence competition.

3. Island of St. Helena Coffee Company – $79 per pound

Island of St. Helena Coffee Company

Island of St. Helena Coffee Company

Grown in St. Helena. This very exclusive coffee is grown on the island of St. Helena, 1,200 miles off the coast of Africa. Cultivated from a varietal brought from Yemen in 1730, it owes much of its success to Napoleon Bonaparte, who started a vogue by praising the coffee during his exile on the island. St. Helena coffee dropped from sight for more than a century, until David R. Henry began exporting it again in the early 1990s. Production is low (about 12 tons per year), and once again, demand is high.

2. Hacienda La Esmeralda Coffee – $104 per pound

Hacienda La Esmeralda

Hacienda La Esmeralda

Grown in Boquete, Panama. Hacienda La Esmeralda’s coffee originated from Boquete, Panama. Being famous for its taste and strong aroma of coffee, it is processed from an old guava tree fruit like cherry. Hacienda La Esmeralda’s Geisha coffee set an online auction record when it sold for over $50 dollars per pound, unroasted, on May 30, 2006. The coffee, which is grown in the shade of old guava trees, has been widely and enthusiastically praised for its flavor and aroma. In April, it placed first in the SCAA “Best of Panama” competition, with a score of 94.6 out of 100.

1. Kopi Luwak – $160 per pound

 

Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak

Grown in Indonesia. Kopi (Indonesian word for coffee) Luwak (local name of this animal which eats the raw red coffee beans) is made from coffee beans that have been eaten by common palm civets, which use their keen sense of smell to select the choicest and ripest beans. The digestion process removes the flesh from the crimson Sumatran berry and the beans, but does not digest the inner beans and excretes them. Apparently the internal digestion ends up adds a unique flavor to the beans, removing the bitter flavor, and leaving behind an extremely delicious pooped bean. The beans are then picked up by locals and sold. Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. Today, Kopi Luwak – civet coffee from Indonesian sells for about $30 a cup in selected coffee shops in Japan and the US and it tastes like caramel and chocolate.



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