Animal feces seem to be a popular commodity when it comes to producing the finest coffee. Asian wild civets are small cats that produce Kopi Luwak which is one of the world’s most expensive brews.
Another animal capable of creating the best quality joe is an elephant. Twenty elephants from Thailand feed on coffee berries and the beans on their poops are collected and processed into an expensive Black Ivory Coffee. Let’s find out how much it costs a cup of the world’s most expensive brew.
10- Hawaiian Kona Coffee
The Coffea arabica is one of the most expensive coffees in the world, it is cultivated in one of the islands of Hawaii. The island’s climate and soil is perfect for growing the rarest Kona coffee that is sold at the market for $34 / pound.
It is so rare and expensive that retailers have to sell Kona Blends, a blend of Kona and Colombian, Brazilian, or other foreign coffees. The blend usually contains only the minimum required 10% Kona coffee and 90% cheaper imported beans.
To be considered authentic Kona coffee, retailers are required to label their product with “100% Kona Coffee”. This strict law was imposed since the early 1990s.
9- Los Planes Coffee
The Los Planes is El Salvador’s best kind of coffee, it won 2nd place at the 2006 Cup of Excellence. The coffee from “Los Planes” is carefully processed, treated and fermented. Farmers use fresh, clean water from a natural spring to wash the coffee berries then naturally dry them under the sun. Los Planes coffee sells for about $40 dollars a pound.
8- Starbucks – Quadriginoctuple Frap
The Quadriginoctuple Frap is the world’s most expensive Starbucks Drink at $47.30 a cup. The expensive cup of coffee is a venti 48 shots of mocha frappuccino with soy mocha drizzle, matcha powder, protein powder, caramel brûlée topping, strawberries, two bananas, caramel drizzle frappuccino chips and vanilla bean. That elaborate concoction had to be put in a 52 oz single-serving coffee mug.
7- Fazenda Santa Ines
Fazenda Santa Ines coffee grows in the municipality of Brazil, the coffee is known for it’s sweet and fruity tones. For more than 100 years Fazenda Santa Ines has been cultivated by the same family. The coffee grows near the base of the Mantiquera Mountains with naturally rich soil and abundant mineral water. The 100% yellow bourbon coffee costs more than $50/ pound.
6- Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
One of the most expensive coffees on this list grow in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica around 5,000 feet above sea level. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the finest coffees in the world that has a mild flavor, it costs $50/pound. Japan is the major importer of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.
5- Black Ivory Coffee
The Black Ivory coffee is made from the feces of elephants, it costs 50 dollars for a cup. The high price tag for this coffee, is due to the limited availability of the berries, the appetite of the elephants, and the small amount of usable coffee seeds recovered from the elephant’s poop. The smooth, bitterless taste of the coffee is achieved by the elephant’s stomach acids, which break down the coffee berry proteins, thus changing its taste. There are only 20 elephants creating Black Ivory coffee, they reside in an elephant refuge in Thailand.
4- Saint Helena Coffee
The coffee is cultivated in small quantities in the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Saint Helena coffee is wet processed and is famous for it’s fragrant bouquet and light caramel flavor.
Farmers meticulously peel off each bean before drying them under the sun. While other coffee producers use livestock manure to fertilize bean crops, farmers here use sea birds guano or bird poop as fertilizers. Each pound of St. Helena Coffee costs $79.
3- Kopi Luwak
Another expensive coffee derived from animal feces is the Kopi Luwak or civet coffee. The rare and expensive coffee is produced by Asian palm civets. The toddy cat main diet includes fruits, coffee berries and small insects.
The wild civets carefully select the coffee berries they eat and in their tummies- fermentation happens. Indonesian Kopi Luwak costs $100 for every 2 pounds, five times the price of a high-quality local arabica coffee.
Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago and the Philippines. A cup of Kopi Luwak costs $80.
2- Hacienda La Esmeralda (Panama)
Esmeralda Special is a rare award-winning coffee that was sold for a staggering $350 dollars a pound in 2013 Best of Panama Auction. The coffee is cultivated in the hilltops of Panama, it grows in the shade of guava plants giving the bean its rich, sweet taste and florally finish.
The farm owned by the Peterson Family produces high-quality coffee, most of the geisha and actual varieties, including the unique award-winning Esmeralda Special Geisha.
1- Finca El Injerto Coffee
Finca El Injerto is one of the most rare and smallest beans in the world winning first place at the Guatemala Cup of Excellence auction for five years. The Aguirre family in Huehuetenango Guatemala grows the most expensive coffee in the world that costs $500 / pound. To increase the quality of the bean, it is cleaned by a unique washing channel and de-pulped twice.