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The Most Expensive Coffee in the World

Coffee is also one of the most common product of many different countries all around the globe.  It is very popular with people of all ages, especially to those who require an energy boost.  Coffee is also considered to be one of the most soothing types of beverage.  It is available in many different varieties, with variations in quality, taste, and flavour. However, these qualities are not the only ones that set them apart from each other; there is also the price that you have to pay for to be able to enjoy them.

If you are a coffee-drinker and lover, it’ll be good to know about the most expensive types of coffee in the world. If you thought that your current brand of coffee is already expensive, think again, as the cheapest of these already come with a price of $24 a pound/$53 per kilo. Here is a rundown of the 10 most expensive coffee in the world.

 

10. Coffee Yauco Selecto AA (Puerto Rico) – $24/lb or $53/kilo.

10 Yauco Selecto AACultivated in Puerto Rico’s Yauco Area, the Coffee Yauco Selecto AA is an exquisite coffee worth $24 a pound. Its mild flavor but delicious taste is something that coffee lovers from all over the world, particularly those who have the money, go crazy about. Its popularity has swelled as it can now be enjoyed by other people other than those who live in Puerto Rico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Starbucks Rwanda Blue Bourbon (Gatare/Karengera, Rwanda) – $26/lb. or $58/kilo.

The Starbucks Rwanda Blue Bourbon is basically a type of coffee bean that can be found in 9 Starbucks Rwanda Blue BourbonGatare and Karengara, Rwanda. Starbucks introduced this to the country when the company visited Rwanda’s coffee washing stations back in the year 2004. Nowadays, you will find coffee farmers growing the Blue Bourbon coffee plant as one of their main crop products. It is not as expensive as the other types of coffee included in this list, but it is definitely costly for its price of $26 a pound.

 

 

 

 

8. Hawaiian Kona Coffee (Hawaii) – $36/lb or $79/kilo.

The Hawaiin Kona Cofee is the name for the commercial coffee being cultivated and hawaiian_kona_coffeegrown on the Mauna Loa’s and Hualalai’s slopes, specifically located in the South and North Kona Districts of the island of Hawaii. Only coffee that has come from these districts can be referred to as ‘Kona’. The Hawaiian Kona Coffee is known for its comforting taste, which you can enjoy for $36 a pound.

 

 

 

 

7. Los Planes (Citala, El Salvador) – $40/lb or $88/kilo.

7 Los Planes El SalvadorLos Planes is a type of coffee grown in Citala, El Salvador. In the 2006 Cup of Excellence, it received second place, with the first place being secured by the $50-worth El Injerto coffee. For $40 a pound, it is quite expensive, but it is still definitely something that can change your perception on how coffee should be made.  This particular coffee appears to be out of stock.  We will let you know when it becomes available.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Blue Mountain (Wallenford Estate, Jamaica) – $40/lb. or $88/kilo.

blue_mountain_jamaica_coffeeThe Blue Mountain coffee, from the name itself, is grown in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. The best produce of this particular type of coffee is known for its lack of bitterness and mild flavor. Over the last decades, the coffee was able to develop a reputation, which resulted in it becoming one of the most sought-after, albeit very expensive coffees in the world. More than 80 percent of this coffee is being exported to Japan. If you can spend $40/lb., make sure that you give the Blue Mountain a well-deserved try.

 

 

 

5. Fazenda Santa Ines (Minas Gerais, Brazil) – $50/lb. or $110/kilo.

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For a price of around $50 per pound, the Fazenda Santa Ines Coffee is definitely one of the costliest coffee products around the globe. It is a product of Brazil, particularly of Minas Geraiz, where it is grown, bred, and cultivated. Its production in the Fazenda Santa Ines farm is quite impressive, as the coffee is still grown in a traditional manner. No automated process whatsoever is involved. When asked to describe how it tastes, people will automatically say that it is reminiscent of the sweetness of berries and caramel.

 

 

 

4. El Injerto (Huehuetenango, Guatemala) – $50/lb or $110/kilo.

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The El Injerto coffee originated from the Huehuetenango, Guatemala territory. In the year 2006, this coffee produced by the El Injerto was able to take home the Cup of Excellence grand prize. The El Injerto coffee, despite only getting the 4th spot on this list, still has quite a hefty price tag attached to it, as you can only purchase it for a minimum of $50/lb.

 

 

 

 

3. St. Helena Coffee Company’s Island (St. Helena) – $79/lb. or $174/kilo.

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St. Helena Island, which is situated around 1,200 miles from the coast of Africa, is where you will find the St. Helena coffee being cultivated and bred. Its popularity is all thanks to Napoleon Bonaparte, who praised it and sowed seeds himself on the St. Helena Island. If you can afford to spend around $79 a pound for your cup of Joe, then by all means, go ahead and give the St. Helena Coffee a try.

 

 

 

2. Hacienda La Esmeralda (Boquete, Panama) – $104/lb. or $229/kilo.

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The Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee is grown specifically in Boquete, Panama. People from all over the world enjoy this type of coffee because of its unique taste. It is mostly cultivated under the shades of old guava trees. If you want to be able to try the Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee, be prepared to pay for a minimum of $104 a pound.

 

 

 

1. Luwak Coffee (Indonesia) – $160/lb.  or $352/kilo

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Luwak Coffee, also commonly referred to as civet coffee, deserves the number one spot on this list of the top ten most expensive coffee in the world, not only because of its extremely expensive price tag but because of its uncommon means of production. This particular type of coffee is produced from the coffee beans that have been consumed by a certain animal, which is the mongoose. Before it can be produced, the coffee beans would have to first pass through the digestive system of the animals. From there, production can begin. This extremely expensive coffee, which costs $160 per pound, has gained extreme popularity all over the world. In the United States, you will find a coffee shop that sells civet coffee. As strange as you may find it to be, you will not find any other type of coffee as costly as the Luwak Coffee.

 

 

 

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Melbourne International Coffee Expo Web

Were You at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo?

Melbourne International Coffee Expo Web

 

See http://internationalcoffeeexpo.com/

General Information

Official Event Brochure

MICE Brochure

Australia’s Coffee Show

Following the overwhelming success of the 2013 Melbourne International coffee Expo, the 2014 show is set to continue as the largest and most dynamic coffee event for the coffee industry in the Australasian region. MICE2014 will again bring the industry together, officially commencing with the Global Coffee Review Leaders Symposium, where the industry’s most influential voices gather from around the globe to discuss pressing issues around the growth and development of the international coffee industry.

Then the fun begins at MICE2014, a dedicated four-day event showcasing 150 exhibitors. We will continue to build on the features that have made previous events successful for sponsors, exhibitors and attendees. The region’s business leaders will come together to educate, inform, network and do business.

MICE2014 will proudly host the World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits and World Cup Tasters Championships in conjunction with the AASCA coffee championships, including the prestigious Australian Barista Championship, amongst other events. With MICE bringing these globally recognised events to Melbourne, we can again showcase our specialty coffee scene and cement its growing reputation as one of the best in the world. The four-day expo also provides an opportunity to attend satellite events in and around Melbourne, including roasting workshops, café tours, and endless networking opportunities to meet and greet the world’s top coffee industry personalities and decision-makers.

Admission & Showtimes

Thursday 15th May

10am – 5:30pm (trade visitors only)

Friday 16th May

10am – 5:30pm (trade visitors only)

Saturday 17th May

10am – 5:30pm (open to public)

Sunday 18th May

10am – 4pm (open to public)

How to get there

Melbourne International Coffee Expo – Travel information from Public Transport Victoria

How to get to the Melbourne Showgrounds  

Melbourne International Coffee Expo – Travel information from Public Transport Victoria Melbourne Showgrounds is located on Epsom Road, Ascot Vale, just 15 minutes drive from the CBD and 15 minutes from the Melbourne International Airport. The Showgrounds is easily accessible for all visitors

By Train: The Show Train will be in operation on Saturday and Sunday. Please visit ptv.vic.gov.au/journey  to plan your journey or ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/1482 to view the timetable.

By Bus:   Bus Route 472 runs every 20 minutes during the day from Williamstown to Moonee Ponds and stops at Flemington Racecourse. In the evening bus Route 472 runs every 40 minutes. Route map:http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/1666

By Tram:   Melbourne is famous for their iconic trams and getting to the Showgrounds by tram is convenient and easy.  Take Tram Route 57 (towards West Maribyrnong) from the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders street (Stop 1) to Melbourne Showgrounds (Stop 33). Route map:http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/887

By Car:   Road access is just 15 minutes from the CBD via Flemington and Racecourse Roads, or off CityLink at Racecourse Road. Ample parking is available on-site at Melbourne Showgrounds.  Visitors enter via Gate 7, Leonard Crescent  off Langs Road.  Exhibitors enter via Gate 5, Langs Road.  Parking fees apply.

By Taxi:   A taxi to the Showgrounds from the CBD should only take around 15 minutes. There is a taxi rank (for pickups and drop offs) located just outside the Showgrounds main entrance in Epsom Road, Ascot Vale. Bookings can be made by calling 13CABS (13 2227).

Enter ‘showgrounds’ into the online journey planner at http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au and receive a customised trip plan detailing all services and connections.

For train, tram or bus information, visit http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au

Overseas Visitors

Visa applications   Overseas visitors please visit the Department of Immigration website at www.immi.gov.au for important travel information. Residents from most countries require visa to enter Australia. Please ensure you allow enough time for your application to be processed. Please also refer to the forms below  for more information on applying for a visa.

Customs
Please refer to the document below for important information on customs and immigration into Australia.

 

 

  

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Great Coffe

Top Tips For Great Tasting Coffee

Great tasting coffee does not occur by chance, but the end product of good practices and dedication.

The starting point for great tasting coffee does not come from choosing the right blend of coffee or even the type of brewing equipment to be used, but in the quality of the water used and the cleanliness of the equipment!

As coffee is more than 98% water it should come as no surprise that the quality of the water has a dramatic impact of the quality of the finished beverage.

Freshly filtered water should be used when making coffee. Many domestic and commercial water filters and calcium treatment units are available and most do an excellent job in removing heavy elements, impurities and odours from water.

Be sure to draw a little water from the system first, and pour it away. Use fresh clean cold water for starting off the process of brewing your favorite beverage.

The equipment used to brew the coffee should be clean and free of coffee stains and grounds. Coffee contains many complex compounds that can go rancid when left on equipment for a while and will adversely affect the quality of the coffee produced.

Choose a good quality roast coffee bean to suit your taste and make sure you buy it in a sealed bag or container.

Avoid buying pre-ground coffee – it may be more convenient but it will start to oxidize the moment you open the packet and even if subsequently kept in an air-tight container much of the damage will have been done. The flavour of freshly roasted coffee can deteriorate remarkably fast and within a week or so and much of the flavour will be lost.

Whole roast coffee beans will also begin to lose some of their flavour once the seal has been broken on the coffee bag, but as long as you keep them in a cool dry place, out direct sunlight and not exposed to the atmosphere they will stay fresh longer.

For these reasons you should only grind as much coffee you need for the brew in question and not be tempted to grind more than what it going to be used immediately.

Storing your ground coffee in the refrigerator is not a good idea as other goods may taint the flavour.

The grind of the coffee is very important to the taste of the final coffee brew. Always follow the guidelines of the brewing equipment used and grind your coffee beans to their specification. Grind too large and the final beverage will be too weak, grind too fine and it may clog up the system.

Typically a standard pour and serve drip method coffee brewer should take between four and six minutes to complete the brew.

And always remember to keep your grinder clean.

Grind a little coffee and then discard it, this should get rid of any old stale coffee within the grinder that you cannot see or reach after cleaning.

It is best to wait until the coffee jug has completely brewed before serving. Typically a drip filter machine will produce slightly weaker coffee at the start of its cycle as it comes up to temperature and slightly stronger towards the end.  Remember, good things come to those who wait!

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Organic Coffee Pods

Organic coffee pods are individual portions of coffee grounds, which are pre-sealed in a coffee filter paper.

They are similar to tea bags, which can be dipped into hot water to brew a cup of tea. But coffee pods need to be dropped into a special coffee pot that drips very hot water on the pod, providing you with a cup of freshly brewed coffee in about thirty seconds.  It is a quick, neat, and easy way to get a fresh brewed cup of coffee with every cup you drink.  There is a huge variety of flavours available to the coffee connoisseur. The ten most popular flavours are almond, cinnamon, caramel, chocolate, French vanilla, hazelnut, Irish cream, peppermint, espresso, and cappuccino.  But there are many, many more, and new combinations pop up all the time.

If you check online under organic coffee pods, you will discover hundreds of distributors, each with their own lines of coffee and choices of flavours.  You will be able to find both organic and traditional, the various roast choices and any number of flavours to pick from.  Many people, once they have tried organic coffee pods, feel that making coffee by the pot full gives you a lacklustre, stale cup of java.

They also love the convenience of not having to deal with loose coffee messes. These pods are packaged in packages of six, sixteen, or twenty-five single pods, depending on what brand you buy, and can be purchased in one flavour or style or in a mixed variety.  The pods are sixty-two mm wide and weigh seven grams each. They brew one cup of coffee per pod.

So what are the real advantages of organic coffee pods as compared to buying it loose and by the pound? The types of roast available are light, medium, dark, flavoured, and decaffeinated.  This is true of both kinds of packaging. For one thing, you won’t need a coffee grinder to get a fresh brewed cup of coffee. It is as easy to use as a tea bag, and gives you the taste of fresh home brewed coffee. And it is so much less messy than loose grounds are. The coffeemaker is also simple and easy to use.

Let’s face it. If you want a consistent, perfect cup of coffee every time, using organic coffee pods is the way to do it. There will be no mess, no waste, and the perfect taste every time you pour a cup of java!

by Paul Easton

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Brewing A Great Cup Of Coffee

Today, I will propose to you how to make a great cup of coffee. You can do it. There are a few secrets to the process. I will share these with you.

Start with the bean and pick your roast. Quality coffee can only come from a quality coffee bean that is properly roasted. The process of roasting a coffee bean is complex and can result in a given bean tasting very different depending on how it is roasted. If you desire a strong intense flavor to your coffee, choose a dark roast (ex: French Roast). If you like to a light flavor, less intense, choose a lighter roast.

Never use pre-ground coffee. Pre-ground coffee will lose its flavor and essence within a short period of time. Grinding before you brew will assure you that no flavor is lost due to time.

Always use cold filtered water when brewing your coffee. The water you use represents 98% of your cup of coffee. Filtering the water will remove impurities that could affect the taste. Poor quality water can come from a variety of sources. Example, older house will have older pipes. Theses pipes tend to give the water an off flavor. You will want to remove this by filtering. The basic rule is the better the water, the better the coffee.

Skip the paper filters and go for the gold. Yes, these are 23k gold plated stainless steel filters. Paper filters will influence the flavor of the coffee in a negative manner. The Gold plated filters influence the flavor by allowing natural oils to infiltrate into your brew, adding a level of flavor and aroma you wont find with paper coffee filters. Another plus is that these filters can be reused over and over, and will last a very long time. Not only will your coffee be better, but you will be helping the environment by saving on waste.

Never over do it on the add-ins. Cut down on the sugar, cream, and other flavor add-ins to really enjoy the true essence of the brew. If we disguise the coffee to much; we will never know the true taste.

Part of what makes a great cup of coffee is how and when we enjoy it. We all have our favorite time and rituals. For me, nothing beats enjoying a great cup of coffee on a Sunday morning and reading the paper.

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The Art Of Roasting Coffee

Could there be anything better than a hot, fresh brewed cup of coffee? As you open that can of pre-ground Maxwell House Coffee, did you even know that coffee comes in different roasts? Did you know that you can roast your own coffee beans at home? If you think that the aroma of your fresh ground coffee beans can’t be beat, get a home coffee roaster, you’ll be in Java Heaven.

Roasting the coffee beans is what imparts flavor. Similar to the making of a fine wine or a hand rolled cigar, some consider the roasting of coffee beans as an art. Those that describe coffee use some of the same vocabulary they use to describe wine. Depending on the roast level chosen the beans take on different flavor characteristics. The lighter the coffee bean the less flavor it will have, the darker the coffee bean the stronger the flavor it will have.

There are generally four different categories of roast. A light roast (American) , a medium roast (Breakfast), a dark roast (French), and darkest roast (Italian or espresso). Each type of roast imparts a different appearance to the coffee beans.

When a coffee bean is roasted to an American roast the beans will have a very light color to them and they will appear dry. A medium roasted bean, or Breakfast roast will have a rich brown color and will be oily in appearance. A French roasted coffee bean will have a very oily appearance with the beans appearing very dark brown. The darkest roasted beans or Espresso beans will appear black.

Coffee roasting can easily be done in your home. Depending on the roast that you desire you can roast coffee in five to fifteen minutes. Green beans are available online from a number of sellers, as are coffee roasters. Choose different types of green coffees to sample. Drum roasters are very popular for use in the home. It’s best to consider purchasing a roaster as it will give you the most consistent finish to your beans. Some try to roast beans in frying pans, some use hot air popcorn poppers. While each of these techniques will work, as mentioned above they don’t give a consistent finish to all the beans and you will most likely be disappointed in the result.

Enjoy!

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Grind And Brew Coffee Makers Overview

It won’t matter how rich, expensive or high quality your coffee beans are, they won’t produce the best flavor if the grinding isn’t right. There is more than one type of grinder on the market and when evaluating grind and brew coffee makers, you will want to pay careful attention to the grinder.

The Grinding Side of Coffee Making

Some grinders come with blades and some have burr type grinders. The generally consensus among coffee growers is that the burr type is best. The blades tend to cut the coffee in a way that doesn’t release the best flavor. On the other hand, 2î burrs will gently chop the beans into a well ground consistency that will enhance the bean’s flavor. The objective here is a fine, consistent grind.

The Brewer

The other side of the combination grind and brew coffee makers is the brewing component. This will consist of a water reservoir, a filter and the cup or pot area to catch the hot coffee. Brewers come with a thermostat to heat water to the perfect temperature. Filer areas can hold a filter designed to hold enough grounds to make a full pot, or have single serving filters. The most important part of the brewing side of things to consider is how well the water is filtered as well as the coffee. If tap water is used and contains minerals, there must be a water filtration system to avoid having chemicals or minerals change the taste of the coffee. You could of course use filtered water, but in combination units convenience is the goal.

Putting the Two Together

Combination units have taken the best grinders and best brewers and put them conveniently together. Many combo units have timers so you can program them to grind and brew just minutes before you are ready to enjoy the coffee. This freshly ground and brewed coffee can be waiting for you and begin the process as you sleep. You will wake up to the aroma and flavours that will help you start your day just right.

There are various sizes and styles of combination coffee makers. Depending on the recipe (Espresso, Latte, etc) or if you plan to make more single cup drinks than pots, you can right the model for your needs.

In addition to comparing features you will want to compare your personal needs to the machine’s abilities. For example, the super automatic Espresso maker or Cappuccino Makers are designed for the busiest people. They go from stone cold to a freshly brewed cup of coffee in a matter of minutes. There is also a clean up time to factor in. With super automatic styles, there is no clean up so you can save even more time with these models.

The basic formula for the perfect, freshest brew then is to begin with the beans. Select a flavor from around the world that appeals to you. Next, make sure you retain that flavor by grinding it with a burr style grinder (not usually found at your local grocery store) to ensure the texture is just right for brewing. Then brew with pure water and a good filter that won’t change the flavor. Grind and brew coffee makers with all of these features will do the job. The rest of the features, such as timers, automatic cleaning, etc. will just be foam on your latte!

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How To Grind Your Coffee Beans

Air is the enemy of all coffee drinkers. Once air comes in contact with your coffee grinds, they begin to lose their flavor. Coffee manufacturers vacuum seal their grinds to keep them fresh while they sit on the shelves at the supermarket but once you break that seal, it’s all downhill from there. Buying whole coffee beans and grinding them yourself is a great way to ensure that your coffee remains as flavorful as possible. But do you know how to grind your coffee beans properly?

Different types of coffee calls for different types of grinds. So you’ll need to learn to use your coffee grinder properly if you want to make the freshest best tasting coffee possible.

If you plan on brewing your coffee with a percolator or a French Press coffee maker then you’ll need a coarser grind. Place the coffee beans in your coffee grinder and tap the grind button a few times as you would use the pulse feature on your food processor. The goal is to break the beans up so that they look like tiny pieces of coffee bean. If they look like a powder, then you need to slowly back away from the coffee grinder and start again. Remember to tap the button and not hold it down.

Automatic drip coffee makers work best with medium grinds. Picture the grinds that you’d find in a can of supermarket coffee. Those are medium grinds. They can be described as looking like brown sand. So remember the last time you went to the beach but instead of seeing the sand in between your toes, imagine seeing sand in your coffee maker. Once again, while holding the coffee grinder button, don’t get carried away and over grind your coffee beans. You do not want a fine powder if you’re going to use an automatic coffee maker.

Finally if your using an espresso maker, you want those fine powdery grinds that you’ve been trying to avoid when making coarse and medium grinds. So grind away until your heart is content.

Grinding your own coffee beans right before you brew your coffee is a great way to make sure that you’re getting the freshest cup of coffee possible. But a fresh cup of coffee can still be bitter or weak. Learning how to grind your coffee beans is an important part of making great coffee.

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