SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A Californian coffee brews what's called the world's most expensive coffee at $ 75 a cup.
Klatch Coffee serves the exclusive Elida Natural Geisha 803 beer in its Southern California and San Francisco branches.
The 803 name of the café refers to the record of $ 803 per pound of organic grain sold at a recent auction after winning the Best of Panama coffee contest, said Bo Thiara, co-owner of the Klatch branch of San Francisco. He calls the annual competition the equivalent of Oscars in the world of coffee.
Thiara said that only 100 grams of beans were available for purchase and that most were destined for Japan, China and Taiwan. Klatch has secured 4.5 kg and is the only chain in North America to have it.
The high quality of its coffee and limited supply triggered a bidding war that determined its astronomical price, surpassing last year's winning beans, which sold for $ 601 a pound, Thiara said.
Klatch describes coffee as a rare variety of Panama Arabica, with a floral and tasty flavor with hints of jasmine and berries. The 10 pounds of beans will produce about 80 cups of coffee, said Thiara.
A few lucky coffee lovers have had the opportunity to try free samples Wednesday at the San Francisco branch, where promotional posters are posted, such as "The World's Most Expensive Coffee".
One of them was Lauren Svensson, a resident of San Francisco, who said it was "very different" from any coffee she had ever tasted.
"My mind was a bit puzzled because a $ 75 cup of coffee even exists," she said, "but it was terribly good."
His friend Charlie Sinhaseni also gave a positive review of his free sample.
"When I first looked at it, I thought it would be super pretentious and I would think of all the different notes for coffee, but I was too busy at it. appreciate, "he said.