The World’s Rarest and Most Expensive Coffee

Written by Les Dahl on April 30, 2016. Posted in Health, Sage's Scroll



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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