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Most Expensive Coffee in the World: Kopi Luwak $90 a Cup

Britney Scott / June 28, 2013

Are you willing to dole out $90 for just one cup of coffee?  Well, most probably the answer would be a big “NO” after all, how expensive can a coffee get.  But the Kopi Luwak is not your regular coffee because it this cup of java has been extracted from the feces of a small exotic animal called the Paradoxuras!

Well, it might sound crazy to have coffee beans being defecated by an animal and then reused to produce the world’s most expensive java, but you will definitely change your mind after you take a sip.

This unique coffee called Kopi Luwak is originally from Sumatra, an Indonesian island and is produced in the most grotesque manner by the Paradoxurus, which is from the civet family which looks like a cross between a mongoose and a cat.  It so happens that  the Paradoxurus swallows the coffee cherries, which then enter its digestive system but are excreted in an intact form.  These beans are then ‘hand picked’, cleaned and finally they are roasted.    Then these beans are used to produce the most exotic and expensive Kopi Lowak that normally would cost you around $90!

If you get addicted to this coffee, then you could buy a pound of these exquisite beans for just a thousand dollars.  We’ve already seen the hard way this coffee was ‘produced’ and trust me, it is equally harder to get a cup which requires you to make an appointment with one of the small firms that have this exotic blend of coffee!

What is it that makes this cuppa so luxurious- is it the labor involved in the process that ups the price or something else?  The answer to this would be that no commodity can be priced extravagantly until and unless it offers something to the senses and the Kopu Lowak indeed satisfied your taste buds- no wonder it was glorified on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Funnel Mill, a coffee website has a lot to say about this novel product:  “coffee … said to be like no other. It has a rich, heavy flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate. Other terms used to describe it are earthy, aromatic, sweet and exotic. The body is almost syrupy and it is probably the smoothest coffee known to mankind.”

Another website by the name of Touch of Modern is also giving a temporary offer on Kopi Luwak which is ‘cheaper’ so to say and enables you buy a bag of Kopi Luwak for under 30 dollars.  This rare cup of java is now set to reach a broader audience- so are you ready to try the world’s most expensive coffee yet?

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