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Explore The 12 Most Expensive Coffees From Around The World

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Whether it be to get you up and out of bed ready for the day, catch up with friends and family or just for the heck of loving the taste, millions of people consume coffee on a daily basis, with plenty of those actively going out of their way to find the best cup for their palate. Such hunting has driven people into discovering some of the rarest, most delightful and equally expensive coffees found in the world.

With more distinctive and refreshing tastes comes more zeroes on the end of the price tag for most of these products below, however their history and sheer rarity make some of them the holy grail of caffeine consumption.

#1 Starbucks’ Blue Bourbon Rwandan Whole Bean – $24/pound

A country that is still feeling the effects of internal conflicts and struggles, Rwanda has fortunately seen a spike in their coffee sales across the globe. Working in collaboration with Starbucks, this exported coffee has a slightly acidic tone to it which is coupled nicely with hints of butter, fruits and spiced nuts. 

#2 Hawaiian Kona – $34/pound

Known for its distinct flavour and texture, the Hawaiian Kona has found itself increasingly on the world's most expensive coffees through its limited and rare beans. With most sellers now reliant on something like a 90% make up of more cheaper coffees, finding a whole pack of the delicious Kona is certainly a worthwhile hunt. 

#3 Mi Esperanza Coffee $35/pound

Full of rich and hearty textures that wrap around any coffee lovers taste buds, these specialist coffee beans leak out the bitterness that can envelop most other forms of coffee. Found only in the increasingly popular reaches of Honduras, its flavour is coupled with definite hints of spicy nuts which helps create the feeling of freshness in your mouth. 

#4 Los Planes Coffee – $40/pound

Harvest and brewed by the same family for years in the high hills of El Salvador, Los Planes Coffee has established quite a reputation for itself amongst coffee lovers around the world who believe that the steep pricing is more than worth it. Available in some utterly stunning flavours such as brown sugar threads with tangerine and caramel, it is an example of a fine product proving its eccentric nature. 

#5 Starbucks Quadriginoctuple Frap – $47.30/cup

First designed more as a challenge than anything else, this little cup of sweet and delightful flavours is the most expensive drink possible to order in any good Starbucks chain in the world. With its secret and specialist nature, the price is bumped up through the sheer amount of ingredients found within it, ranging from white chocolate chips to strawberry and bananas to 48 mocha frappuccino shots. 

#6 Fazenda Santa Ines – $50/pound

Found and only harvested in Brazil's Mantiqueira mountains, the Fazenda Santa Ines has a rich and long history that has steeped back more than a hundred years. Drawing in thousands of fans from all around the globe, this coffee has built up a reputation for being one of the freshest and most texturally delightful drinks in the market. Full to the brim with exotic fresh fruit flavours, its one of the most enjoyable cups of coffee out there. 

#7 Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – More than $50/pound

Harvested in the Jamaican Blue Mountains some 5,000 feet above sea level, this brand of coffee is exposed to the full might of the area's massive amount abundance of rainfall and is exported to all four corners of the globe, where it has found something of a cult following. Lacking the bitterness of most mid-palate coffees, it has struck up a particularly popular following in Japan. 

#8 Saint Helena Coffee – $79/pound

Found 1,200 miles off the west coast of Africa, the shipping costs of this coffee is what really drives up its price tag. The location aside, it has a delightfully original and distinctive caramel-like taste with hints of citrus that help balance out the flavours. Named after the island it is found on, it is reported that the great French general Napoleon Bonaparte was a devout fan of this coffee, the legacy of which has to play a part in its hefty cost.  

#9 Kopi Luwak – $160/pound

Made by the Asian palm civets in the Indonesian jungles, this coffee goes through one of the most unorthodox preparations of any drinks on this list. The civets consume the coffee cherries and ferment them during digestion, the coffee is subsequently collected and harvested from the civets' feces. A unique and delicious flavour, the Kopi Luwak has become famous around the world and has proven to be one of the most sought after beverages on the planet.  

#10 Hacienda La Esmeralda – $350/pound

At one time only 250 cups of this rare and exotic coffee were allowed in the United States, proving their elusive nature. Harvested next to Mount Baru in Panama, the Hacienda La Esmeralda has scooped itself up plenty of awards on the way to establishing itself as one of the fullest, richest and most delicious cups of coffee millions of people wish they could taste. 

#11 Finca El Injerto Coffee – $500/pound

Only found deep in the exotic heart of Latin America, the Finca El Injerto is one of the strongest coffees in the world for how small its beans actually are. With one of the highest qualities in its harvesting, its elusive nature has proven to be what has driven up its price tag. That, and the fact that it is one of the most sought after products for those hoping to taste some of the most rare coffees on the planet. 

#12 Black Ivory Coffee – More than $500/pound

Made from Arabica beans only found in Thailand from the famous Black Ivory company, it goes through a similar process to that of the civet coffee seen above. Local elephants consume the beans before digesting and allowing their natural acids to break down the coffee, which is how the natural and distinct flavour comes about that coffee lovers sought after. With only a tiny amount of coffee available at a certain time, its robust and crisp texture makes it one of the most expensive drinks ever. 

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Written by James Metcalfe

Twenty year old writer living life on the south coast, struggles to tie his own shoelaces. Believes Toad is the real hero of the Mario universe.

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