Top 10 Most Expensive Coffee In The World: Luwak Coffee Is Not The No. 1

What are the most expensive coffees in the world in 2018? It’s made by elephants, literally. The Black Ivory Coffee Company in Thailand feeds elephants with Arabia beans. The excreted beans are then roasted and processed into coffee, the perfect brew to wake you up. If elephant dung isn’t your thing, no worries. Here are other expensive coffee brands priced by the pound.

  1. Black Ivory Coffee – More than $500/pound
  2. Finca El Injerto Coffee – $500/pound
  3. Hacienda La Esmeralda– More than $500/pound
  4. Kopi Luwak – $160/pound
  5. Saint Helena Coffee – $79/pound
  6. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – More than $50/pound
  7. Fazenda Santa Ines – $50/pound
  8. Starbucks Quadriginoctuple Frap – $47.30/cup
  9. Los Planes Coffee – $40/pound
  10. Hawaiian Kona Coffee – $34/pound

Coffee is a popular energy boosting drink that is loved all over the world. The success of coffee chains like Starbucks tells its own tale. states that the global market for instant coffee is expected to top $36.3 billion in 2020. And you’re likely one of the reasons for this growth. Here’s how you turn coffee into a global multi-billion business.

There are many reasons why coffee is popular the world over, not the least the coffee myths and legends behind the origins of this beverage. To start, this drink has been accepted by most of the religions. It became widely used whenever alcohol was banned. Coffee contains caffeine which stimulates the mind and senses. It has a wonderful aroma that energizes the brain. Coffee shops have become popular centers for dating, meetings, and other social and business activities. In fact coffee houses have been traditional places for social interactions in places like Milan, Greece, Austria, and the Middle East. This BuzzFeed article tells you how coffee is consumed in different ways around the world.

On top of that, coffee has been marketed smartly by chains like Starbucks. People are willing to spend a sizeable amount just for a cup of this drink. You can see coffee lovers standing in long queues outside coffee shops outside the US to grab their beloved drink before they hit their day’s schedule. No wonder, Starbucks reported total revenue of $22.39 billion in 2017. In this list of most expensive coffees in 2018, Starbucks’s Quadriginoctuple Frap drink finds a place because it costs a whopping $47.30 per cup.

This article provides details about other most expensive coffees that are priced exorbitantly because of their rare ingredients. Read the list and related info on these coffees and determine whether you have the inclination and budget to try out any of them.

10. Hawaiian Kona Coffee – $34/pound

This coffee has a fantastic flavor and unique taste. It finds a place among the world’s most expensive coffees because it is made of a rare variety of beans. In addition, this coffee is in short supply which means most sellers use a blend of 10% Kona coffee and 90% cheaper variety. To enjoy the complete Hawaiian coffee experience, ensure you buy and consume 100% Kona coffee.

9. Los Planes Coffee – $40/pound

Finca Los Planes coffee is cultivated on a farm in El Salvador by the family of a person named Sergio Ticas Yeyes. This coffee won second place at the 2006 Cup of Excellence and sixth place in 2011. Popular flavors include brown sugar threads and tangerine with caramel. Though the price seems steep, many coffee lovers are willing to shell out the amount because of the drink’s refreshing taste.

8. Starbucks Quadriginoctuple Frap – $47.30/cup

This is Starbucks’s most expensive coffee. It commands such a high price because it is produced in limited quantities and includes a range of flavored ingredients such as 48 mocha frappucino with vanilla chips, caramel ice cream, two bananas, strawberry, caramel blues top, protein powder, pizza powder, and soybean mocha mattress. The cost is totally worth it as you are sure to feel energized and stimulated after consuming this exotic drink.

7. Fazenda Santa Ines – $50/pound

The highlight of this coffee is its fruity and sweet flavor. It is cultivated near the base of the Mantiquera mountains in Brazil and its production dates back to more than hundred years. This valuable coffee is patronized by a large number of people around the world. They are attracted to this tasty drink as its ingredients include different delicious fruits.

6. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – More than $50/pound

This coffee is cultivated in the Jamaican Blue mountains at a height of about 5,000 feet. This area is characterized by heavy rainfall and therefore water supply is abundant. The coffee beans are processed here after picking and sent to other places. This drink has a characteristic mild taste that lacks bitterness. It is popular in Japan which is one of the largest importers of this brand.

5. Saint Helena Coffee – $79/pound

The great Napoleon Bonaparte was an ardent fan of this coffee and cultivated it on the island of St. Helena which accounts for its name. The drink has continued to flourish since then. The island is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,200 miles from the west coast of Africa. Therefore, transportation costs are high which is one of the reasons for the hefty price tag. However, lovers of this brand are more than willing to shell out the high price as the drink has a high-quality, fragrant caramel flavor with hints of citrus.

4. Kopi Luwak – $160/pound

This coffee is made in Indonesia by Asian palm civets. These animals consume the coffee cherries and ferment them during digestion. Then they deposit the coffee beans in their feces from where they are collected and processed. The unique delicious taste of this coffee is because of the enzymes secreted by the civet during digestion. As a result, kopi luwak coffee is also known as civet coffee.

3. Hacienda La Esmeralda – $350/pound

This coffee has won numerous first place awards in worldwide coffee contests over the past many years. It is cultivated on the sides of Mount Baru in Panama in the shade of guava trees. This rare coffee delicacy offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for connoisseurs with its fantastic taste and rich flavor. It bagged a whopping $350.25 per pound at a recent auction.

2. Finca El Injerto Coffee – $500/pound

Finca El Injerto Coffee is expensive because it is made from rare, rich, small beans. The grain quality is improved by washing them in a single channel and breaking them twice. Despite its going rate of $500/pound it is a popular drink that is favored by coffee aficionados around the globe.

1. Black Ivory Coffee – More than $500/pound

This coffee is made from Arabica beans by the Black Ivory Coffee Company in Thailand. Similar to civet coffee, it is prepared by elephants that consume the Arabica coffee beans and process them during digestion. Their stomach acid breaks down the bean proteins and provides a characteristic robust flavor to the drink. This coffee is rare and expensive because only a small amount of beans are available at any time. You need to shell out about $50 for a cup of black ivory coffee which makes it currently the most expensive coffee in the world.

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  • kenyaman says:

    Kape Luwak is popular in Indonesia and parts of Southeast Asia. I happened to have tasted one and it’s smooth, almost caramel-ly. If not for the fact it was spewed out by an animal, I’d enjoyed another cup. Not the mention the price was truly beyond my daily living cost.

  • Tim says:

    Kopi Luwak – from A..holes for A..holes

    Caged Civets are almost exclusivly used and force fed any mediocre coffee cherries for gulible westerners to buy.

    • Peter says:

      Absolutely correct, only complete imbeciles give credit/kudos to this nothing better than below average coffee. However, it is fun to hear all the people telling of “the coffees supremely subtle flavour”.I know the animals havery been force fed the nastiest, cheap ass beans that they can possibly get ahold of.

      • Jay says:

        Don’t knock it cause you can’t afford it. It sells very well and if you have the means, who cares what you or anybody thinks. I see poverty spending hundreds of dollars on meth every day and I’m going to get shit for buying coffee I like maybe once a year?…. get a clue and enjoy your Folgers.

  • Ezra says:

    In fact, having enjoyed some time in Indonesia, I am intimately familiar with this coffees history and process.
    And yes while there are mediocre farms that feed only grub worms and coffee berries to their animals there are also traditional family growers who shade grow exquisite quality coffee then allow nature to take its course. The animals are free, the berries available on the bush (wild civet cats are super picky) and an abundance of high quality grains, fresh tropical fruit (which helps give the coffee such wonderful flavor in ‘the end’) and of course only ripe quality berries. Those that care for the farm collect up after the “children” as they say and break up the feces by hand to extract and inspect each bean. Only whole and perfect beans allowed! They are washed and sunned to the proper humidity being turned many times per hour to avoid mold. Only a fraction of their coffee comes west. I am very fortunate to get any at all! Most goes to the Middle East and Far East and Japan.
    I have relatives there who have had this farm for generations and the delightful coffee that we enjoy, while costing as much as $1600 per pound, when prepared correctly with patience at the correct temperature is the best coffee I’ve tasted in the world at any price in the 42 countries I visit and do business in.
    I’m sorry if you had a badly sourced or improperly prepared cup but you have missed out on a bit of heaven.
    I can’t imagine drinking anything else!

  • Stan says:

    Why no mention of the Black Ivory coffee? Touted as the most expensive I thought it would be on this list. It’s a good article I love seeing the comments people always seem to jump all over Kopi Luwak and make claims about it.

    I love the armchair brigade “Oh it comes out of a cat’s arse” Like that’s a reason not to try it. The whole time they’re sitting there eating an egg mayo and lettuce sandwich not actually thinking about what an egg is or that lettuce is grown in manure.

    The coffee I’d really like to try on this list is Hacienda La Esmeralda, I know I have expensive tastes “Shame I have a poor mans wallet”, I’ve tried a few on the list like St Helena, Rwanda Blue Bourbon and Blue Mountain.

    • Kellie says:

      It isn’t just lettuce that is grown with manure. Anything grown below the ground such as beets, carrots, potatoes, radishes, onions and others, as well as anything sitting on the ground like lettuce, spinach, and even vining crops like melons, cucumbers, squash and so on. But then again there is also corn, garlic, peppers and oh so many other veggies and fruits that are grown using manure. Yummmm lol.

    • Israel says:

      Black Ivory coffee IS on the list. In fact it’s number 1. I completely agree, the egg is a perfect example as it does indeed come out of the hen’s behind. In some cases the eggs are ill washed and are a lot more dangerous to eat because of contamination with the hen’s feces, than a cup of kopi luwak or black ivory coffee, seen that in the later two cases, after washing the beans they are husked and roasted. The roasting kills any pathogen that might have escaped the washing process. Furthermore, after grinding, coffee is brewed adding an adicional layer of protection against any microbial hazard. So poop aside, these “animal poop coffees” are just like any other type of coffee, just a lot better tasting than most.

      I’d love to see the result of using the coffee cherries produced by Finca El Injerto, or La Esmeralda to produce kopi luwak. I bet if we let a couple of civets loose on those farms they would make the owners a lot richer than they probably already are. Imagine yellow bourbon kopi luwak.
      The best of both worlds. I just wouldn’t want to imagine the price tag.

      • deshi says:

        The ONLY difference between eggs and coffee pooped out is that the eggshell pretty much provides a barrier, but the coffee beans pooped out are all ground for coffee—no shell barrier.

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