How Expensive is Coffee Around The World?

Civet Coffee In Indonesia

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages for people of many ages, and is especially popular among those who love a good boost of energy in the morning. It’s soothing to drink and soothing to smell. It is one beverage that comes in a variety of flavors and strengths, and one that allows you to create your masterpiece by what you add to it. Those who have a favorite coffeehouse are probably familiar with the different types of coffee available there.

But how familiar are you with the different types of coffee around the world? There are many countries that grow and produce coffee and they are proud of their product. They know their coffee is worth every penny they charge for it and that there are people who are willing to spend the money for every pound they buy. If you aren’t familiar with coffee from around the world and what it costs to buy even a pound of it, keep reading to see what other countries are brewing and selling.

Coffee is produced globally

There are many countries around the world that produce coffee and it is much needed since coffee is the second most traded commodity around the world, second to oil. There are primarily two types of coffee beans that are grown; Arabica, which accounts for about 70% of the coffee beans produced, and Robusta, which is easier and cheaper to grow. Not only are coffee beans grown for the favorite beverage, but coffee beans are grown for other uses too, such as pharmaceuticals, cola drinks and cosmetics.

The beverage, coffee, comes in a variety of flavors, qualities, tastes and prices. You may think you already spend a lot on your favorite brand of coffee, but if you look at coffee from around the world, you will soon see that there are some pretty expensive coffees out there and of the ones listed below, the cheapest is an impressive $24 per lbs., and chances are, you won’t find these coffees at your local grocery store or even most coffee chain stores in your hometown.

Five of the biggest coffee producing countries include:

  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Uganda
  • Honduras
  • India

Here are five expensive coffees around the world

Coffee Yauco Selecto AA (Puerto Rico) – $24/lb.

This coffee is grown in the Yauco area of Puerto Rico and is a superb coffee that is worth $24 a lb. It is described as having a mild flavor yet tastes delicious which is why this coffee is loved by coffee lovers all over the world, and especially by those who are able to afford it. Those that can, love it and buy a lot of it so that it is now, one of the most popular coffees in Puerto Rico and now making its way in popularity to people outside Puerto Rico.

(Starbucks) Rwanda Blue Bourbon (Karengera, Gatare, Rwanda) – $24/lb.

This is a unique story. Starbucks visited Rwanda’s coffee washing stations in 2004. When they did, they introduced the Rwanda Blue Bourbon coffee bean to the country and now farmers are growing the Blue Bourbon coffee plant as a main crop. It is not necessarily one of the most expensive coffees you’ll see further down the list, but it is pricey and does come in at the same price as the Yauco Selecto AA (Puerto Rico)coffee at $24 a lb.

Fazenda Santa Ines (Minas Gerais, Brazil) – $50/lb.

This Brazilian coffee is one of the priciest around the world at $50 a lb. It is primarily grown in Minas Geraizz and in the Fazenda Santa Ines farm, it is grown in the old, traditional ways with no automated processing involved. Most people will tell you that the flavor of this coffee is a sweet combination of berries and caramel. For those who do love a sweeter coffee as opposed to a more bitter taste, this could easily become a favorite of yours. If you can afford $50 per lb., this coffee might be worth giving a try.

St. Helena Coffee Company’s Island (St. Helena) – $79/lb.

St. Helena Island is about 1,200 miles off the coast of Africa and it is here that you’ll find coffee being grown and cultivated. Napoleon Bonaparte is held responsible for the start and love of coffee on this island. He sowed the seeds and ramped up the notion of coffee to the point that the islanders soon fell in love with it and has made it an important product of St. Helena ever since. The coffee grown here is so good, in fact that it sells for $79 per lbs. If you can afford to spend this kind of money on coffee, it is well worth giving it a try.

Luwak Coffee (Indonesia) – $160/lb.

Luwak coffee is grown and produced in Indonesia. The coffee is expensive for a couple reasons, one of which is the most unusual way in which it’s produced. Before the beans can be produced into coffee, the beans must first pass through a particular animal. The animal is a mongoose and it must eat and digest the bean all the way through before the actual production of the bean to coffee begins. This coffee is often referred to civet coffee and it has become very popular all over the world. It’s very costly, at $160 per lb. and you will hard pressed to find any other type of coffee as expensive as this.

The bottom line

Coffee connoisseurs, like wine connoisseurs, love trying new and different coffees to find the flavors that tantalize their taste buds. For those who are serious about their coffee, they are willing to spend a pretty penny on their coffee and may even be willing to order it from other places that carry what they want. Most regular grocery stores carry low-end brands that the general public can afford and the tastes and quality are pretty comparable. So if you want more flavorful, robust or out of the ordinary tasting coffees, you may have to look outside your local food stores. But like anything else, the same applies to coffee; you get what you pay for.


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