The World’s Rarest and Most Expensive Coffee



What is the world’s rarest and most expensive coffee?


Black Ivory Coffee


What makes it rare?

  • only 150 kg in total were produced in 2015 (i.e. very limited production)
  • sold primarily to five-star hotels in Thailand, Maldives (i.e. very selective market)
  • available in only one retail store in the world—The Elephant Store in Comfort, Texas


What makes it expensive?

  • 33 kg of beans (10,000 beans) are required to make 1 kg of roasted beans
  • the entire operation, from picking, selecting and roasting the beans is done by hand
  • the coffee is brewed by a special machine—the design dates back to 1840 France
  • an unusual presentation of an extraordinary coffee creates a unique experience for the adventurous connoisseur


What is unusual about the coffee?

  • the beans that make Black Ivory Coffee are processed through the digestive system of Asian elephants (i.e. beans are fed to elephants before drying and roasting)
  • the digested beans are ‘recovered’ from the elephant droppings for further processing
  • all the elephants used have been rescued kept in an elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand operated by the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation


The bottom line?

  • $50 to $70 per cup ($1200 per kg) of this exotic coffee experience


Read and see more (you’ll enjoy the NPR and ABC news reports)



p.s. Try the Organo Gold experience—a healthy coffee with a rich taste but not anywhere near as expensive as Black Ivory Coffee.


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