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The World's Most Exclusive Coffees

Updated on August 23, 2018
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Nothing starts the day like a hot cup of excellent coffee. I begin almost every day this way, and enjoy everything from Folgers to Kona.


Everyone likes a good coffee

We wait in long lines at Starbuck's for our coffee. We buy gadgets and gizmos to make it easier, better, or faster. Everyone has a favorite coffee mug.

I believe that good coffee should first start with the beans. Better beans make a better coffee, no matter if you are working with a drip filter coffee maker, espresso machine, or French press.

This is a list of some of the most exclusive, best coffee beans in the world. The beans that all the other beans want to be like, and stand out in a crowd.

The things we do for good coffee...

The things we do for good coffee...
The things we do for good coffee...

Kopi Luwak - The "CSI" and "The Bucket List" coffee

Kopi Luwak originates from Indonesia and was the most expensive coffee in the world at about $3000 per kilogram at peak, now a more reachable $500 to $700 per kilogram.

The Asian Palm Civet eats the coffee bean and the feces is collected for the beans found inside. They are (thankfully) fully cleaned and roasted into exclusive coffee.

Kona Peaberry Coffee - Hawaii's Best Arabica

Kona coffee is grown ONLY in the Kona region of Hawaii, and is governed by many special rules. Coffee was first introduced to Hawaii by Samual Ruggles in 1828. It spread quite well and is now one of the more profitable exports per pound from Hawaii.

Source: Wikipedia

Black Ivory Coffee

Arabica beans sourced from Elephant Dung

A very exclusive coffee, Black Ivory is made by having elephants eat the cherries produces. The dung of the elephant is searched for intact beans, which are then cleaned and sent for roasting.

Black Ivory production is very limited due to many things. Sometimes the elephants aren't hungry. Sometimes they crack the beans. Sometimes beans are missed.

According to Black Ivory's webpage, only 70 kg of beans were produced in 2012. Production is supposed to be 300 kg in 2013.

Black Ivory coffee is about $50 a cup. This works out to be about $1000 per kilo.

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Black Ivory Coffee

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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