SINGAPORE: Ever wondered what the world’s most expensive coffee tastes like? Starting from next month, coffee aficionados in Singapore can pay S$85 per cup to find out.
Singapore will be the first country in Southeast Asia to taste the Panama Hacienda Geisha Canas Verdes coffee, which broke all previous price records at the Best of Panama coffee auction hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama in August.
Fetching a whopping US$601 (S$822) per pound, this coffee is now the most expensive in the world, topping even the more famously known (and controversial) Kopi Luwak, which is made up of part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet.
Cultivated at 1,800 metres above sea level in the mountainous region of Boquete, Western Panama, the world’s most expensive coffee is from the natural processed Geisha varietal which originated in Gesha, Ethiopia.
It’s renowned for its resistance to a coffee disease called “leaf rust”.
This top-scoring batch from the Hacienda La Esmeralda farm earned 94.1 points out of 100 for its distinctive and unrivalled cup profile, boasting taste notes of jasmine, lychee and peach.
Specialty coffee chain The Coffee Academics (TCA) told Channel NewsAsia that only 45.6 kg of this history-making coffee exists in the world.
“Only a handful of countries got limited quantities, including Japan (20kg), the United States (5kg) and China (2.6kg),” said Jennifer Liu, CEO and founder of TCA.
“Singapore is the first in Southeast Asia to secure a batch of 3kg for The Coffee Academics, which was the highest quantity available.”
Also known as the Esmerelda Geisha 601, the coffee will be exclusively launched by TCA at GastroMonth Singapore on Nov 5.
For a ticket price of S$128, guests will be presented with an espresso-size serving of this highly sought after coffee at a special cupping and brewing demonstration. There will also be mocktails, specialty coffee cocktails and canapes.
From Nov 6, the coffee will be available to the rest of Singapore at TCA’s two outlets – Scotts Square and Raffles City – for S$85 a pop. You can choose to have it hand-brewed by a barista on site the exact way you like it or brew it yourself at home.
Only 80 cups will be available to the public while stocks last.
“Singapore is the most coffee advanced city in the region and with many true connoisseurs, award-winning baristas and practitioners,” said Liu.
“We believe this is the city that knows how to appreciate the true value of this crop and taste this ‘once in a lifetime’ 2017 Best of Panama brew which fetched the highest price on record.”