3 Of the World’s Most Expensive Coffees


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Waking up to the scent of freshly brewed coffee is something I have been used to ever since I can remember. When my parents switched brands I could immediately tell by the smell.

Now could I tell the difference between what a $14 bag versus a $22 bag of coffee smelled like?
Well not really. I mean I know I like dark roasted beans and that specific aroma would fill the air with a much stronger scent which I absolutely love.

Which brings me to today’s article on what is the world’s most expensive coffee.
I haven’t had the luxury of trying any of these YET, but can imagine that the scent would be something very unique and if I had the opportunity I would immediately jump on it.

Hacienda La Esmeralda, Finca El Injerto Coffee, and Black Ivory Coffee all sell for over $500 a pound and are the world’s top 3 expensive coffee.

Hacienda La Esmeralda

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A Panamanian estate auctioned Hacienda La Esmeralda beans for $1,029 per pound.  You read that correctly.   Over $1000 a pound! 

According to Robb Report “The Lamastus family’s Elida Estate sold one of its lots for $1,029 per pound, breaking the world record they set in a previous year of $803 per pound.”

Hacienda La Esmeralda is cultivated on the sides of Mount Baru in Panama in the shade of guava trees   and has won numerous first place awards in worldwide coffee contests over the years.

Food GPS says from the packaging they expected to taste the flavors of jasmine, honeysuckle and tangerine, with crisp citrus acidity and a “clean, white grape” finish but drinking a cup of Hacienda La Esmeralda was like drinking five great cups of coffee, since the flavor alters as the cup approaches room temperature.   

Black Ivory

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Black Ivory Coffee originates from the Surin province in northern Thailand.  It is prepared by elephants that consume the Arabica cherries (beans) and process them during digestion.

The taste of Black Ivory coffee is influenced by elephants’ digestive enzymes. Their stomach acid breaks down the bean proteins and provides its characteristic robust flavor.

Approximately 20 elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation in Chiang Saen produce the coffee. Which is why this coffee is rare and expensive because only a small amount of beans are available at any time. 
This rare blend will cost you $1,100 a pound.  

Finca El Injerto Coffee

Photo by: El Injerto

Finca El injerto is an organic blend processed by a father-son duo in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. It is made from rare, rich and small beans, which is the main reason for its high price tag. With a unique washing process to improve the quality of the grain, the coffee grains are washed in a single channel and broken down twice which gives it a sweet delicate, fruity taste.

This blend has been known to have been sold for more than $500 a pound.

While I have never tried this myself, I did my research and found this coffee to be described as having a sweet fruity, earthy taste with a hint of chocolate, and a buttery/milky texture with a pleasant aftertaste.  The taste can change depending on the season the coffee is grown. This can be attributed to the changing climatic conditions all through the year, which have an impact on the soil in the coffee plantation.


That wraps up the top 3 most expensive coffees in the world and being the coffee nerd that I am I have added these to my list of things to try.

I don’t think it will be anytime soon but when I do I will let you know. in the mean time I found 10 more higher priced blends that is easier on the wallet and I’ll be tasting.

Kopi Luwak$160 / pound
Ospina Gran Cafe Premier Grand Cru$150 / pound
Hacienda El Roble (Mesa de Los Santos, Santander, Colombia)$100 / pound
Panama Ironman Camilina Geisha from Finca La Aurora (Boquete, Panama)$100 / pound
Saint Helena Coffee $79 / pound
Molokai$51 / pound
Las Margaritas Colombia Geisha(Trujillo Valle, Colombia)$51 / pound
Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee$50 / pound
Fazenda Santa Ines $50 / pound
Cafetal La Herradura (Veracruz, Mexico)$50 / pound
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