Top 10 Most Expensive Coffee in the World

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Coffee is considered to be one of the most soothing types of beverage. It is very popular with people of all ages, especially to those who require an energy boost. Coffee is also one of the most common produces of many different countries all around the globe. Nowadays, coffee is available in many different varieties, with variations in terms of quality, taste, and flavor. However, these qualities are not the only ones that set them apart from each other; there is also the price that you have to pay for to be able to enjoy them.

If you are a coffee-drinker and lover, it’ll be good to know about the most expensive types of coffee in the world. If you thought that your current brand of coffee is already expensive, think again, as the cheapest of these already come with a price of $24 a pound. Here is a rundown of the 10 most expensive coffee in the world.

10. Coffee Yauco Selecto AA (Puerto Rico) – $24/lb.

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Cultivated in Puerto Rico’s Yauco Area, the Coffee Yauco Selecto AA is an exquisite coffee worth $24 a pound. Its mild flavor but delicious taste is something that coffee lovers from all over the world, particularly those who have the money, go crazy about. Its popularity has swelled as it can now be enjoyed by other people other than those who live in Puerto Rico.

9. Starbucks Rwanda Blue Bourbon (Gatare/Karengera, Rwanda) – $24/lb.

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The Starbucks Rwanda Blue Bourbon is basically a type of coffee bean that can be found in Gatare and Karengara, Rwanda. Starbucks introduced this to the country when the company visited Rwanda’s coffee washing stations back in the year 2004. Nowadays, you will find coffee farmers growing the Blue Bourbon coffee plant as one of their main crop products. It is not as expensive as the other types of coffee included in this list, but it is definitely costly for its price of $24 a pound.

8. Hawaiian Kona Coffee (Hawaii) – $34/lb.

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The Hawaiin Kona Cofee is the name for the commercial coffee being cultivated and grown on the Mauna Loa’s and Hualalai’s slopes, specifically located in the South and North Kona Districts of the island of Hawaii. Only coffee that has come from these districts can be referred to as ‘Kona’. The Hawaiian Kona Coffee is known for its comforting taste, which you can enjoy for $34 a pound.

7. Los Planes (Citala, El Salvador) – $40/lb.

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Los Planes is a type of coffee grown in Citala, El Salvador. In the 2006 Cup of Excellence, it received second place, with the first place being secured by the $50-worth El Injerto coffee. For $40 a pound, it is quite expensive, but it is still definitely something that can change your perception on how coffee should be made.

6. Blue Mountain (Wallenford Estate, Jamaica) – $49/lb.

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The Blue Mountain coffee, from the name itself, is grown in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. The best produce of this particular type of coffee is known for its lack of bitterness and mild flavor. Over the last decades, the coffee was able to develop a reputation, which resulted in it becoming one of the most sought-after, albeit very expensive coffees in the world. More than 80 percent of this coffee is being exported to Japan. If you can spend $49/lb., make sure that you give the Blue Mountain a well-deserved try.

5. Fazenda Santa Ines (Minas Gerais, Brazil) – $50/lb.

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For a price of around $50 per pound, the Fazenda Santa Ines Coffee is definitely one of the costliest coffee products around the globe. It is a product of Brazil, particularly of Minas Geraiz, where it is grown, bred, and cultivated. Its production in the Fazenda Santa Ines farm is quite impressive, as the coffee is still grown in a traditional manner. No automated process whatsoever is involved. When asked to describe how it tastes, people will automatically say that it is reminiscent of the sweetness of berries and caramel.

4. El Injerto (Huehuetenango, Guatemala) – $50/lb.

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The El Injerto coffee originated from the Huehuetenango, Guatemala territory. In the year 2006, this coffee produced by the El Injerto was able to take home the Cup of Excellence grand prize. The El Injerto coffee, despite only getting the 4th spot on this list, still has quite a hefty price tag attached to it, as you can only purchase it for a minimum of $50/lb.

3. St. Helena Coffee Company’s Island (St. Helena) – $79/lb.

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St. Helena Island, which is situated around 1,200 miles from the coast of Africa, is where you will find the St. Helena coffee being cultivated and bred. Its popularity is all thanks to Napoleon Bonaparte, who praised it and sowed seeds himself on the St. Helena Island. If you can afford to spend around $79 a pound for your cup of Joe, then by all means, go ahead and give the St. Helena Coffee a try.

2. Hacienda La Esmeralda (Boquete, Panama) – $104/lb.

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The Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee is grown specifically in Boquete, Panama. People from all over the world enjoy this type of coffee because of its unique taste. It is mostly cultivated under the shades of old guava trees. If you want to be able to try the Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee, be prepared to pay for a minimum of $104 a pound.

1. Luwak Coffee (Indonesia) – $160/lb.

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Luwak Coffee, also commonly referred to as civet coffee, deserves the number one spot on this list of the top ten most expensive coffee in the world, not only because of its extremely expensive price tag but because of its uncommon means of production. This particular type of coffee is produced from the coffee beans that have been consumed by a certain animal, which is the mongoose. Before it can be produced, the coffee beans would have to first pass through the digestive system of the animals. From there, production can begin. This extremely expensive coffee, which costs $160 per pound, has gained extreme popularity all over the world. In the United States, you will find a coffee shop that sells civet coffee. As strange as you may find it to be, you will not find any other type of coffee as costly as the Luwak Coffee.

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Casa Lapin x49

Casa Lapin x49, Sukhumvit

The cafe is a little challenging to find so keep a look out for the wooden sign shown above so you’ll know you’re heading in the right direction. As you walk in from the street you are greeted by a cosy, well curated outdoor area incorporating a wall-length sofa straight out of a luxury resort. Straight ahead through a bespoke retro glass shopfront is the spectacle of Casa Lapin: from the antique lamps to the custom wooden furniture and benches, everything just reeks of quality and integrity.

The beauty of the surroundings are no surprise given the owners’ backgrounds in architecture and design. But these days there are plenty of pretty restaurants and cafes in Bangkok, and not all of them have menus to match. Thankfully, Casa Lapin is not pretending.

Once you’re comfortable on the plush outdoor sofa, you can tune out the city around you and get down to the business of drinking coffee. Far from the best on offer in Bangkok, the coffee is nevertheless worthy of trip out of your way. I sampled a macchiato brewed with the house blend, and found there was a pleasing amount of berry acidity, but a touch too much bitterness and not the most developed character. The blend is sourced from around Thailand, and I suspect there is Robusta in the mix.

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Single Origin beans are on offer too, from what Casa Lapin calls their “Slow Bar”, with brewing methods including Drip and French Press. An array of mouth watering cakes are waiting to tempt even the strongest dieter, and seem to be of a higher standard than you’ll find in most of Bangkok’s cafes.

I found the service to be a bit brisk and lacking in warmth, but nevertheless the coffee was made well and everything came promptly. Given the fabulous atmosphere and free wifi, it’s definitely worth dropping in here for some well needed respite from the Bangkok metropolis. I’d recommend this cafe as a backup plan to Roast around the corner.

If you’re a coffee junkie, Casa Lapin x49 is definitely a place you should visit.

Contact
Phone: +66812577920
Website: https://www.facebook.com/CasaLapin
Address: Soi Songphinong (opposite Samitivej Hospital) , Sukhumvit Soi 49 , Bangkok

INK & LION Cafe

INK & LION Cafe

In December 2013, Ink & Lion Café opened their doors in the neighbourhood of Ekkamai soi 2, Sukhumvit Road. The whole neighbourhood of Ekkamai has during the recent years seen a turnover of this neighbourhood, like new cool vintage stores, both furnitures and fashion, cafés and coffee roasters.

Ekkamai and Thong Lor are sure-fire destinations for good coffee in Bangkok these days, proving that there really is a strong market for high quality coffee in Bangkok and indeed Asia. One of the most recent additions to this coffee neighborhood is Ink & Lion Cafe, a cute coffee-centric shop serving good quality coffee sourced from local experts.

Set meters from Ekkamai behind Purty Nelly’s Irish Pub, Ink and Lion Cafe has a modern interior that will be familiar to Bangkok’s coffee lovers: white paint, minimalist decor, lots of bare wood. If Roots feels like Bangkok’s Coffee Lab, then Ink & Lion is the Coffee School: the owners have put their own spin on the decor with furniture that would be at home in an Elementary School. It’s quite cute and fun. The chilled atmosphere is helped along by an eclectic mix of vintage vinyl spun by the owner.

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Coffee is sourced from Pacamara, Brave and Ceresia, and served in a range of formats: hot and cold espresso coffee in a range of styles, as well as pour-over drip coffee. Single Origin beans are on offer for the drip coffee, as well as a custom-designed “Four Mountain” espresso blend roasted especially for Ink and Lion by the folks over at Pacamara. I tried the latter as an espresso and was pleasantly surprised. Lovers of Roast’s Journey Blend will enjoy this bold combination of Ethiopian, Basilian, Indonesian and Thai Arabica beans. The palate has a sour acidity that dominates – perhaps slightly strong for some – with plenty of complexity to savour on the long finish. For those who like a lighter flavour the drip coffee will certainly impress.

The owner opened Ink & Lion Cafe only two months ago, so it’s certainly a youngster in the Bangkok coffee scene! But clearly a love of good coffee is the core value here, making it a must try destination! A selection of cakes is available, as well as some interesting non-coffee beverages and free WiFi.

When you’re in Ekkamai next time, do stop by for a coffee and cake!

Contact
Phone: +66 (0)91 559 0994
Website: https://www.facebook.com/inkandlioncafe/
Address: 1/7 Ekamai Soi 2, Sukhumvit 63, Wattana, Bangkok

Size S Coffee & Bakery

Size S Coffee & Bakery

Bangkok is renowned for plenty: glorious temples, colorful markets, wildly inappropriate ping pong shows – but certainly not for coffee. Still, Bangkok is a massive city – was convinced there HAD to be a great cup of coffee to be had somewhere. And I was determined to find my go-to spot for coffee.

It’s not the most well heard-of cafes, but while Size S Coffee & Bakery in Bangkok may lack size and reputation, it makes up for this with great coffee and in-house baked goodies. Hiding in the backstreets near MRT Lumphini, Size S appears to cater mainly to the local mainly Thai office crowd.

Don’t let the surroundings fool you, this isn’t the average local Thai coffee shop. The very friendly owner worked in Melbourne, Australia for 4 years, where he evidently formed a love and understanding of coffee. Clearly serious about quality, he’s decked the shop out with a La Marzocco Strada – a machine that has coffee freaks all over the world going nuts about pressure profiling.

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The results speak for themselves –

I tried the Single Origin Kenya Tambaya (as a Macchiato), and the coffee was light and fresh, with a slight acidity that doesn’t linger on the palate, but lifts quickly to expose the more complex floral notes. There is also a cheaper blend of Ethiopia, Guatemala, Panama and Thai on offer, and the milk is handled skillfully so I imagine lattes are quite nice here if that’s your thing.

Size S Coffee & Bakery has a fresh, friendly atmosphere, owing to the ‘neighborhood coffee shop’ feeling. The “Size S” is very literal though and the shop is quite small, so don’t plan on bringing huge groups here. All day breakfasts, sandwiches and aforementioned in-house baked goodies are on offer too, but be warned, Size S is closed on Sundays.

Size S Coffee & Bakery is absolutely worth seeking out if you’re in search of some great (read: non-Starbucks) coffee in Bangkok. It’s easy to get to via the metro to Lumphini Station, located about 5 minutes from Lumphini Park.

Contact
Phone: +6622866117
Website: http://www.facebook.com/sizescafe
Address: Soi Ngam Duphli, Sathon, Bangkok

Wonderwall The Kaffebar

Wonderwall The Kaffebar, Sukhumvit

One of the cafes that’s quickly getting popular is Wonderwall The Kaffebar. The decor was made up of clean and simple solid coloured furniture, somewhat swedish if we could say. The crowd was mostly made up of young thais out getting a cup of coffee with friends or simply working on their laptops. The vibe was comfortable and cosy with both outdoor and indoor seating available. Many of the elements here are in line with the trends in Bangkok’s rapidly swelling coffee scene, but there is some kind of x-factor here that made me really enjoy my time here. Perhaps the generous balcony seating area, comfortable seating and great selection of chilled jazz and lounge music added that extra something to make me feel truly at ease.

The very friendly owner, Boom, told me of his love of coffee, and frequent trips to Chiang Mai to sample different coffees and cafes up north, which led eventually to opening his own venture. Wonderwall The Kaffebar sits in the base of Avora 31 Residence on Phrom Chit Alley, around the corner from Sukhumvit 31. A short taxi ride from BTS Asok or BTS Phrom Phong.

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Wonderwall The Kaffebar have a range of coffee beans on offer, from locally sourced blends, to imported single origin beans. They serve pour-over as well as espresso, and if you follow them on instagram you’ll see they love their Latte Art as well. I tried a blend from P&F roasters, previously unheard of for me, as an espresso: initially slightly bitter, but mellowing out into a well rounded palate that was very pleasing. Needless to say I’m keen to come back and try their single origin beans as I’m sure these will be great too.

They also serve a good selection of cakes and pastries, with some heavier options like quiches and pies that look very enticing. The thing I loved about this place was the atmosphere, and with great coffee and friendly staff, you won’t mind relaxing here and letting the whole afternoon – and a number of coffees – go by.

If you’re in the area and wanna grab a cup of coffee, Wonderwall’s a great choice. But if you’re in the mood for brunch, you’d be better off heading somewhere else.

Contact
Phone: +66 (0) 2108 7575
Website: http://www.facebook.com/WKaffebar
Address: G/F, AVORA31 Residence, 28 Sukhumvit 31, Klongton Nua, Wattana Bangkok

Roots Coffee Roaster, Bangkok

Roots Coffee Roaster, Bangkok

Roots Coffee Roaster is opened by Varatt Vichit-Vadakan (or Tae) who is also behind Roast Restaurant – one of my favourite brunch spots in Bangkok. It is a boutique coffee roastery on the quieter side of Soi Ekamai, which is just one street away from the popular Thonglor.

Besides supplying coffee to its sister restaurant and other cafes in town, it also conducts coffee appreciation classes and barista training courses during the week. As such, the cafe only opens to the public on weekends.

Gourmet Coffee is following Wine’s meteoric rise to mainstream popularity in Bangkok, and there are many solid options to choose from these days. But you’ll stop your search for that ever-elusive perfect cup as soon as you set foot in here.

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Roots Coffee Roaster Bangkok is run by Khun Dae, the owner and founder of the cafe that could be said to have started the rise of good coffee in Bangkok, Roast (Seenspace, Thonglor 13). The team have brought the same market insight and creativity to their setup here, as well as the same great house-roasted beans and exceptional commitment to putting those beans to good use.

It’s far from a tepid copy of the original though, and has it’s unique appeal that sets it apart from the ‘parent’ store. Built around the concept of “getting back to your roots”, this new venture focuses on what started K’Dae’s foray into the Bangkok cafe scene – a love of good coffee.

Well, good coffee is exactly what you get. No fuss, no nonsense, no Chocolate Lava cakes or Shibuya Toast, just straight-up mind-numbingly good coffee, served however you like: espresso, press, cold-drip. It’s somewhat of a lab or testing ground, where the head roaster tries out new blends, roasts and serving styles, before launching them in Roast.

It’s hard to write in great detail about the coffee here since Roots Coffee changes every 6 weeks. What I can say is that it is always exceptional and there are a great mix of single origin beans on offer from different regions. The coffee is always smooth and easy on the palate, with plenty of subtle notes and character.

Adding to the back-to-basics feel, the shop is set up in a very cozy and informal manner, with bar seating where you can meet the team and be served and educated by the abundantly friendly staff. Help your self to a nice selection of baked goods, and chill out with an eclectic mix of jazz, acoustic and easy listening tracks hand picked by the staff.

There are no set prices and payment is made in an honesty jar, ensuring the warm fuzzy feelings continue all the way to the end of your experience – Roots feels like a local business run by your life long friends for love not money.

The only downside of this style of operation, if there is one, is that Roots Coffee Roaster Bangkok is only open on Saturday and Sunday. This can mean it gets a bit crowded at times and you do have to wait a little while for your coffee. But it’s well worth the wait! During the week, the space serves as a coffee education institute, offering courses on everything from latte art to coffee appreciation and tasting.

If you are planning to go Bangkok for a holiday, you must stop by for coffee. Besides serving an excellent cup of coffee, what I really like about Roots is that it uses a honesty box system whereby you pay the amount that you think it is worth for the coffee and freshly baked pastries.

Contact
Phone: +6688 190 5950
Website: http://www.facebook.com/RootsBkk
Address: Ekamai Terrace #2-4, Between Ekkamai 15 & 17, Bangkok

Bangkok Cafes Open During The Thai New Year 2015

Bangkok Cafes Open During The Thai New Year

Songkran in Thailand 2015 is officially observed between the 13th and 15th of April (three days national holiday), although in reality, celebrations often last the entire week!The official holiday starts tomorrow, and much of Thailand will close for the next four days as people take to the streets for large scale water fights, drinking and non-stop partying.

Many choose this time to escape from Bangkok and have an extended holiday, so many businesses close. But like the partying, your coffee cravings won’t stop for the next four days, so where can you get a good coffee during Songkran? This list of Bangkok Cafes Open During Songkran will help you survive the long weekend:

  1. Roots Coffee Roaster: Open as usual on Sunday 13th, Closed during the week as always.
  2. Roast Coffee & Eatery: Open as usual every day.
  3. Wonderwall the Kaffeebar: Open as usual every day.
  4. Casa Lapin x Aree: Open as usual every day.
  5. Ink & Lion Cafe: Sunday April 13 10am-7pm, open limited hours on April 14-15, from 9am-6pm.

Vietnamese Trung Nguyen Coffee in Thailand

About Trung Nguyên coffee:
Trung Nguyên is a Vietnamese business group involved in the production, processing and distribution of coffee. Trung Nguyên is the largest domestic coffee brand within Vietnam, and exports its products to more than 60 countries, including major Asian markets such as Japan and Singapore.

The group, established in 1996 in Buôn Ma Thuột, Đắk Lắk Province, is composed of six members: Trung Nguyen Corporation JSC, Trung Nguyen Instant Coffee Company JSC, Trung Nguyen Coffee LLC, G7 Commercial Services Company, Đặng Lê Tourism Company JSC, Trung Nguyên Franchising Company JSC and G7 Ministop Joint Venture Company. Its chairman and CEO is Đặng Lê Nguyên Vũ, who is regarded as Vietnam’s Coffee King.

Products:
Legendee simulated kopi luwak coffee
Fresh coffee
G7 instant coffee: G7 3in1, G7 2in1, G7 Strong X2, Pure Black, Cappuccino, Passiona, White Coffee.
Roasted and ground coffee: Filter Coffee (1,2,3,4,5), Creative Coffee (1,2,3,4,5,8), Espresso, Blend (I, S, N, Premium Blend, Gourmet Blend, House Blend).
Bean coffee
Trung Nguyên coffee products use a variety of different coffee beans, including Robusta, Arabica, and Excelsa.

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Trung Nguyen G7 in a coffee store in Bangkok, Thailand.

Famous for: Weasel and Legendee coffee
Trung Nguyên is known as an important producer and distributor of kopi luwak (Vietnamese: cà phê chồn), weasel coffee Trung Nguyen, also known as civet coffee, both natural and simulated. Kopi luwak, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world, is coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting, and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness. Trung Nguyên’s Legendee brand coffee is a simulated kopi luwak product, which uses synthetic enzymes to mimic the civet’s gastric acid, producing effects on flavour similar to actual kopi luwak, and reducing the need to rely on the civet, which is now endangered in Vietnam due to excessive hunting. In August 2010, Trung Nguyên CEO Dang Le Nguyen Vu reported that the company had begun manually producing its own natural (non-simulated) kopi luwak under its Weasel sub-brand. Due to the complicated production process, only 40–50 kg of Weasel coffee are produced annually. It is much more expensive than any of the company’s other products: a 1 kg bag of Weasel coffee costs $3,000, six times higher than Indonesian kopi luwak. Dang has claimed, however, that Trung Nguyên’s Vietnamese version is of higher quality, since production depends on wild or free range civets who choose the best coffee beans themselves, instead of being caged and force-fed.

There are some online coffee stores that are selling Vietnamese coffee and Trung Nguyen products in Thailand. You can buy online coffee beans, ground, instant coffee ticks and coffee accessories and filters easily.

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A Vietnamese traditional coffee filter set.

Hands and Heart Coffee Shop

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With its minimalist black-and-white decor inspired by Teshima Art Museum, in Japan’s Kagawa prefecture, Hands and Heart is serious about hand-brewed coffee (Aeropress, pour-over and Chemex), which they say is made only from seasonal AA-grade single origin beans.

In keeping with the decor, they serve their black coffee (Colombia, Kenya, Thailand) in a white cup, and their white coffee (from partner cafe Roots) in a black cup.

You can also order homemade pastries such as charcoal croissant (B80) and cheesecake brownie (B120), while herbal juices are B60.

Phone: 081-442-7977
Address: Hands and Heart, Ascella Condominium, 33 Sukhumvit Soi 38, Bangkok, Thailand
Area: Thonglor
Nearest Train: BTS Thong Lo
Facebook: www.fb.com/handsandheartcoffee
Opening Hours: daily 7am-9:30pm
Cuisine: Cafe
Open Since: March, 2015

Cup Cake Love

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Like its name suggests, Cup Cake Love specializes in cupcakes and has five branches citywide.

We recommend their signature cupcakes which are red velvet and ulimate chocolate (starting at B90). For bite-size lovers, a set of 4 mini cupcakes is priced at B125.

The place also serves blue apple soda (B70), lemonade (B60), and Dilmah tea (B80/pot). Custom-made cupcakes for special occasions can also be ordered five days in advance with a mininum of 12 cupcakes.

Phone: 02-613-1233
Address: Cupcake Love, 7/F, Central World, Ratchadamri Rd., Bangkok, Thailand

Emailinfo@lovebakeshop.com