In an article from the current Forbes Magazine, there is an engaging discussion of the highest priced of the coffee beans on the market today. As Forbes asserts: “serious coffee connoisseurs, people who are looking for a world-class drink rather than a “gourmet” cup, the top fare is made from the highest-quality beans in the world. The beans come from very specific regions and are prized for their unique characteristics. Cultivated on small farms, they are coddled by farmers who care more about quality than quantity.” So what are these beans and why do they garner the prices they do? The most expensive, Hacienda La Esmeralda’s Geisha coffee, set an online auction record selling for over $50 dollars per pound, unroasted, in May, 2006. The coffee, grown in the shade of old guava trees, is widely and enthusiastically praised for both its flavor and aroma. In the second place, Island of St. Helena Coffee sells for some $79 per pound.
Enjoy all of the Top Ten Most Expensive coffees in the slideshow which accompanies this article.
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