Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug in the world. This worldwide consumed substance is found in food, drinks, and even in pills.
This allowed drug is very necessary in the lives of millions and for this reason, coffee has long been a global economic staple.
As a crop, coffee is cultivated worldwide in over 70 countries, and consumed in hundreds working as a stimulant as well as a digestive aid.
The following list presents the most expensive coffee available on the global market today.
5 – Fazenda Santa Ines (Brazil)
At Fazenda Santa Ines or Farm Santa Ines, tradition is everything. The coffee is produced by traditional methods, from cultivating to processing. Quality is what we may expect where a pound costs $50.
This ethically sourced crop is fed by natural mineral water springs and planted in fertile soil which provides a sweet berry and smooth caramel taste every time.
4 – Molokai Coffee (Hawaii)
Hawaii is known to be the only state in the US with a climate and soil ideal for growing coffee. The Moloka‘i Coffee is produced by Coffees of Hawaii on a 500 acre plantation located in Kualapu’u, Maui County.
Molokai is an organic coffee that boasts of a floral aroma, berry and caramel taste with a hint of herbs. The Muleskinner is sold for $51 per pound.
3 – St. Helena Coffee (St. Helena)
St. Helena Coffee can be traced back to Napoleon Bonaparte, who was enamored with the taste of this coffee. Since then, coffee on St. Helena Island has continued to flourish.
The island itself is located approximately 1,200 miles from the west coast of Africa. Surely the isolation and need to transport the coffee great distances contributes to the high price tag of the bean, it can be bought for $79 a pound.
2 – Luwak Coffee (Indonesia)
What makes Luwak Coffee from Indonesia so valuable are the processes of selection and digestion.
Kopi Luwak coffee, often referred to as civet coffee, undergoes fermentation inside of an animal, the civet, to be specific.
The civet emits enzymes during the digestion process that alter the taste of the product, but this taste is coveted worldwide, to the point where consumers are willing to pay $160 per pound.
1 – Hacienda La Esmeralda (Panama)
The trophy shelf for Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee looks fairly crowded, with this bean having been awarded first place at various worldwide cuppings thirteen times since 2004.
With a price tag of $350.25 per pound, this lovely essence from gods grows in the shade of guava trees on the slopes of Mount Barú in Panama. It is a rarity and delicacy in the coffee world.