Phew – who would have known that getting a morning cup of Joe could be so expensive? No, we’re not talking about the few bucks that people spend at their local coffee shop. Rather, we’re talking about the price that people are paying for 500 grams (1.1 pounds) of coffee beans.
In honor of your wallet – and our ever-recovering economy – here are the top 5 most expensive coffee beans used to make gourmet drinks.
- Kopi Luwak. The wisdom of “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” couldn’t be applied more accurately than to this coffee bean. Considered the most luxurious bean used to make gourmet drinks in the world, Kopi Luwak costs a whopping $590 per 500 grams. So what gives? In Indonesia, “Kopi” translates into coffee and “Luwak” refers to an animal that eats a coffee berry. Because the animal can’t eat the bean, it secretes it – thereby creating the bean used to make flavored coffee.
- La Esmeralda. The tradition of getting this coffee bean to make gourmet drinks is as magical and legendary as it sounds. In the mountain peaks in West Panama, there’s a farm named Esmeralda Jaramillo. The winters are extremely harsh and the temperatures don’t really improve over the summer. The result? A coffee bean that is as intense and strong as the biting cold. Oh, and did we mention that the process of harvesting the bean in these conditions can be deadly? This is why the La Esmeralda coffee bean costs $100 per 500 grams.
- St. Helena Coffee. Want flavored coffee that is unique and truly one of a kind? Then consider shelling $80 for just 1.1 pounds of St. Helena Coffee beans. These beans come from the Green Tipped Bourbon Arabica, a plant that is exclusive to the island. And the taste? It’s naturally fruity and pleasant flavored coffee without the additives – truly all-natural!
Don’t feel like dropping $80 to $500 just for a bag of coffee beans? Neither do we! Fortunately, you can make gourmet drinks with the same intense flavor for only a fraction of the cost. Amoretti Premium Espresso Coffee Syrup, for instance, allows you to enjoy coffee flavor in any beverage you desire.
Want to make your coffee taste more exciting and exotic? Then try making flavored coffee with premium syrups such as Amoretti Premium Pumpkin Spice Syrup, which allows your taste buds to enjoy the exquisite flavors of pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, and Chai all in a single sip!