Many people would consider their morning cup of coffee an essential part of their day. It’s enjoyed hot and cold by people around the world.
Would we be so casual about our coffee habits if we were paying the premium prices below for the privilege of enjoying a cup?
1. Kopi Luwak
You may be wondering why people would pay up to $200 a pound for this brand. Before the beans can be obtained, they are eaten by a palm civet, a small Asian animal. After about 36 hours, they are excreted, and the droppings are recovered. The coffee beans are then cleaned and roasted as normal.
2. Hacienda La Esmeralda
The “jewel in the specialty coffee crown” hails from the Esmeralda Jaramillo farm in Panama and has won every award possible. Known for its delicate taste with hints of chocolate and citrus, this green coffee has sold for up to $170 per pound in recent years.
3. St. Helena Coffee
The St. Helena Coffee Company makes one delicious cup of coffee. The beans that make the “Green Tipped Bourbon Arabica” blend are exclusive to the island, which is Napoleon’s final resting place. At prices around the $80-per-pound mark, it’s not a cheap brew.
4. Fazenda Santa Ines
This Brazilian coffee sells for about $50 a pound. Grown in the traditional way, it’s processed without the use of any automated activity. Many coffee lovers have said its taste reminds them of caramel and berries.
5. El Injerto
El Injerto is a premium quality coffee that fetches top prices in the $50-per-pound range. This brew is from the Huehuetenango territory in Guatemala, and you’d definitely want to have a quality coffee grinder and press to enjoy every drop.
6. Blue Mountain Coffee
Blue Mountain Coffee is produced on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. If your taste in coffee runs toward a mild brew without any hint of bitterness, consider this option. You’ll be looking to spend about $45 a pound to get your caffeine hit.
7. Los Planes
Citala, El Salvador produces the award-winning Los Planes coffee. It took second place in the 2006 Cup of Excellence competition. At $40 a pound, it is not a cheap cup o’ Joe, but you definitely get what you pay for in this instance.
8. Hawaiian Kona
Hawaiian Kona coffee is grown in the North and South Kona Districts of the island of Hawaii. Only coffee grown in this area can truly be referred to as “Kona.” Much like this tropical paradise itself, this beverage has a taste that has been referred to as “comforting.”
If you can’t make it to the Big Island for a little R&R, you can take comfort in a taste for only $34 a pound.
9. Rwanda Blue Bourbon
You don’t have to go to Hawaii to find the Rwanda Blue Bourbon coffee. Simply head over to the closest Starbucks to track it down. This blend will set you back about $24 for a pound.
10. Coffee Yauco Selecto AA
This coffee is also priced at about $24 per pound, and its mild flavor comes from Puerto Rico. It has surged in popularity recently, and people who appreciate a great cup of coffee rave about this delicious blend.