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The finest coffees in the world: they can cost up to 900 euro per kilo

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Coffee Luwak, Indonesia © Ted Soqui/Ted Soqui Photography/Corbis

Coffee is the best known drink in the world and its aroma is a welcoming start to the day. But not all coffees are the same: some can cost 70 euro per cup. Let’s take a journey through the finest coffees in the world.

Kopi Luwak
Grown mainly in Indonesia, it is among the most expensive coffees in the world and comes to cost about 700 euro per kilo. Its beans are found in the droppings of the civet, a nocturnal animal that wanders in the coffee plantations of South East Asia. Civets select mature coffee berries, eats them, and then ejects the indigestible part, that is, the grains. Since they have been partially fermented by acids and enzymes in the stomach of the animal, from those beans we get a drink with a velvety taste that is reminiscent of chocolate and devoid of any bitter aftertaste.
Black Ivory Coffee
This is a brand of coffee produced in northern Thailand. Its quality Arabica beans are ingested by elephants and then collected in their feces. As with Kopi Luwak coffee, the taste is influenced by the action of the digestive enzymes of the elephants, which break down proteins of coffee, and allow us to get a less bitter drink. Digestion of the grains can take anything from 15 to 70 hours, during which time they undergo a fermentation similar to that of grapes for wine production. It is among the most expensive coffee in the world and can cost 900 euro per kilo.
Fazenda Santa Ines
Produced in Brazil, in the state of Minas Gerais, at the foot of the Mantiqueira mountains, this is the Yellow Bourbon variety of coffee and it is always harvested by hand. Its berries are collected in a cloth so that the coffee is not contaminated and does not lose its quality. The drink that is obtained has a delicate flavor that is reminiscent sweet, ripe berries and caramel.
Hacienda La Esmeralda
The coffee of Hacienda La Esmeralda grows on the plantations of Panama and is one of the rarest coffee in existence. The Geisha Grand Reserve quality comes from a very old cultivar that grows at 1,850 meters above sea level that develops aromatic scents and has an extremely sophisticated flavor. We find notes of jasmine and fleshy fruits, such as peach and apricot. It is so sought after that by the families selling it put it up for online auction on the internet just once a year.
Jamaica Blue Mountain
Coffee Blue Mountain is famous worldwide for its outstanding quality. It is grown on a mountain range that rises to over 2,500 meters above sea level. It is much appreciated because it has a particular balance of aroma, body and acidity, is mild and free of any bitterness. About 80 percent of production is exported every year in Japan. It is used as the basis for the coffee liqueur Tia Maria: the beans are roasted to bring out the flavor, ground and combined with sugar, syrup, rum and other secret ingredients, which have never been disclosed by the producers.

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