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.