September was a very heavy month. But amidst the cold and gloom, it’s only apt for us to celebrate International Coffee Day on the 1st of October.
There are 2 types of people: Coffee-lovers (who shall henceforth be referred to as us/we, owing to the fact that we’re on the same, awesome team) and basket cases (for the simple reason that it is impossible not to feel strong love for this bittersweet concoction of goodness).
If you’re a coffee lover and think you’ve drank it all, think again, here’s a list of 5 of the most expensive coffees in the world. They might not necessarily taste the best, (because when has expensive ever been synonymous with tasty?) but I think we’d agree that they’d definitely be Collector’s Items.
(1) Saint Helena Coffee (British Overseas Territory, South Atlantic) (Rs. 5275/pound):
Throwback from history: St. Helena was the island on which Napolean Bonaparte was exiled till his death, after losing The Battle of Waterloo. Having nothing else to look forward to, since he’d lost his jurisdiction (no prizes for guessing what the best part of his day was), he waited eagerly everyday for a fresh cup of coffee made from the beans grown on this island. (Seems a little like me, our old chap Napolean. How often do we find a drink that matches the colour of our soul?)
In modern times, this particular coffee plant is grown with the help of bird poop fertilizer. A fun fact I’m not sure you wanted to know. But for those of you who like your coffee fragrant, and with a slight tinge of caramel, this one would be your poison, if you could afford it.
(2) Panama Ironman Camilina (Boquete, Panama) (Rs. 6676/pound):
A trip to the Caribbean should have been on your bucket list from the start. If it wasn’t, then an opportunity to taste this fancy coffee with an even fancier name should definitely put a holiday like that on your list. It was voted as Coffee Review’s “Coffee of the Year” in the year 2014. Have I convinced you yet? No? So, apparently this coffee has a fruity taste, along with dark chocolate and cinnamon. Yes, cinnamon!Sounds like it would go so well with succulent French toast. I’m not even done yet. It also has subtle orange blossoms and peach fragrances. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely going to try this one out before I die.
(3) Kopi Luwak (Bali, Indonesia) (Rs. 10,682/pound):
This one’s probably got the maximum publicity. I mean, why wouldn’t it? It’s only made from civet feces. No big deal. Yeah, you heard me right. The coffee cherries are fed to an Asian Palm Civet (which is a slightly creepy-looking cat). The cherries get fermented in this animal’s stomach, where it’s digestive enzymes act on the fruit and break it down, and it eventually poops it out. We later process this and pay heavily for it and drink it. Essentially, we pay a whole lot for cat’s poop, drink it with a ton of feigned elegance (It’s the “caviar of coffee”) and brag about it later and for good reason! This coffee has a rich, sweet taste with an elimination of the characteristic bitter element. But hey, this one figures on my bucket list as well. No shit!
(4) Blue Mountain Coffee (Wallenford Estate, Jamaica) (Rs.3271/pound):
Have you booked you tickets for a trip to the Caribbean yet, or do I have to smooth talk you some more? Another representative from the beautiful land of white beaches and palm trees, is Blue Mountain Coffee, grown on Jamaica’s blue mountains. This coffee, famous for its mild taste, deep aroma, cherry-toned chocolate hints and earthen fragrances. The Caribbean’s sure like their perfume-y coffees, and it seems like the Japanese like it too since nearly 80% of this coffee is exported to Japan.
(5) Black Ivory Coffee (South-East Asia, Maldives and Thailand) (Rs. 1,00,000/pound):
South East Asians really know how to make the most of a shitty situation. The world’s most expensive coffee, like Kopi Luwak is made from the digested remnants of coffee cherries. But instead of a civet, this one’s from an elephant. An extremely rare delicacy, Black Ivory Coffee is found only in 4 luxury resorts all over the world (Of which, 3 are in Maldives and 1 is in Thailand). If you’ve saved on your airfare (and you’re on a budget) to Thailand/Maldives, don’t worry. Spending on this coffee would assure that you’d either have to swim back/settle there/smuggle an elephant or civet back to India and sell their shit for double the price.
We’ve given you the options and solutions. Now the call is all yours to take.
For most of us (circa: poor millennials who have education loans and still live with our parents), there are a few honourable mentions that must be made.
- The I’m-feeling-rich-coz-it’s-the-first-day-of-the-month Bailey’s shot
- Cold coffee from the local ice cream shop. What better than a kick of caffeine mixed with refreshing ice cream.
- South Indian filter coffee, which is a hands down winner when it comes to taste, price and availability.
- And of course, coffee that your Mama wakes you up with, because what ingredient beats love.
For the rest of us, there’s Little App where you can get the best of coffees for unbelievable prices. Click Here.
Wishing all the nocturnals a very happy International Coffee Day!