Two of the Most Expensive Coffees – Where do they Come From?
The most expensive Coffee….mmm! That smell is so invigorating, yet strangely comforting. You get what I mean? Many of us love coffee, some are even addicted. So where does coffee come from? Of course, from the beans of the coffee plant, silly me! But it’s processed in different ways to get different tastes and textures. So where do two of the most expensive coffees in the world come from? How are they processed and what sets them apart from normal coffee? Let’s find out!
1 – Black Ivory Coffee
This is the #1 expensive coffee in the world. It’s a brand of coffee produced by the Black Ivory Coffee Company Ltd in northern Thailand. It’s basically produced from Arabica coffee beans. So what’s the huge difference? It’s all in the processing, trust me!
The Arabica beans are consumed by elephants and then the beans are collected from their waste. Yum! It is said that the Black Ivory Coffee is less bitter as the protein which is the primary factor in coffee for bitterness is broken down by the elephants’ digestive enzymes, influencing the coffee’s unique taste.
Oh don’t worry about the elephants though, they are tended to by the company very well, so they are very happy. The beans are mixed with other food items and then fed to the elephants. As they are herbivores, they utilize fermentation to help break down the cellulose.
2 – Kopi Luwak
Kopi Luwak or civet coffee is another expensive one. So what makes this one stand out? Again, it’s all in the processing!
Asian palm civets are omnivorous cat-like animals. Kopi luwak is produced from the part-digested coffee cherries eaten and excreted by the civets. The unique flavor of the coffee and the difficulty in obtaining them is what makes this coffee special.
The civets usually choose the best and ripe coffee cherries to feed on. As the cherries pass through a civet’s intestines, fermentation occurs. And after being defeated with other fecal matter, they are collected.
It should be noted with a due seriousness that the increasing popularity of kopi luwak has resulted in some people being excessively greedy and hence, they cage civets, using them for the sole purpose of producing the coffee. As I said earlier, naturally, the civets eat only the ripe and best cherries, hence the coffee is of the best quality and fine taste. However, when they are caged they are forced to eat whatever their owners give them, which affects the quality of the coffee as well as that of the civets.
So if you plan on buying kopi luwak then make sure that you get them from the authentic sources.
But you don’t have to worry about Black Ivory Coffee though!
So do you still wanna have these expensive coffees?