Posted 2.12.14 @ 16:25
There’s coffee and then there’s coffee. Those of us that know the difference between that $10 bag of questionable “fair trade” coffee and the good stuff know that it’s worth its weight in gold - and some of us are even willing to pay upwards of $600 for a half a kilo of the good stuff!
But what makes a bean special? Reputation, flavour, scarcity?
$27 per pound: Starbucks Rwanda Blue Bourbon
Not the most expensive coffee on our list, it still is more of a “treat” coffee for most. Rwanda’s Blue Bourbon coffee is now grown around the world - so while it’s rarer than some other beans it’s still in the affordable range if you want to splurge every day on your cuppa.
Kona Coffee: $35 per pound
There’s something about the volcanic soil of Hawaii that makes the coffee special - and Kona Coffee, or coffee grown on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa is some of the best you’ll find anywhere. Remember that Kona coffee has to come from one of these two places or it just isn’t Kona.
$51 per pound: Blue Mountain Coffee
Real Blue Mountain Coffee comes from the Blue Mahoe Estate in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains - but what sets this apart is its mild flavor and low acidity. The majority of Blue Mountain coffee is exported to Japan, but if you’re looking for a mild coffee that never fails to deliver, give it a try.
St Helena Coffee: $81 per pound
One of the British Empire’s first attempts at a successful, profitable coffee colony, St Helena’s rich, dark “Bourbon” beans are mild and delicious just like Blue Mountain’s, but you’re paying for the history and the prestige - not just the beans.
It’s said that Napoleon himself loved the beans (as did Louis the XV long before him) and sowed beans of his own in the soil in St Helena.
$120-$600 per pound: Kopi Luwak Coffee
Everyone’s heard about Kopi Luwak, or “Civet Coffee” and its interesting origins. Once the Dutch found out about it the cat (or civit) was out of the bag. Some believe that the cruelty factor for this coffee goes up as the price comes down, but there is currently reform in the industry to safely “encourage” civet coffee production.
Honourable Mentions: Panamanian Hacienda La Esmeralda Coffee runs $115/lb., and is known for its sweet and subtle hints of guava in every cup. Guatemalan El Injerto coffee costs $50/lb. and has wone numerous “Best in Cup” awards.
Again, it’s all in the preparation too! Grinding down your beans and popping them into a refillable K-cup won’t give you the same result as an old fashioned espresso (or Nespresso) machine.
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