Petersfield, Hampshire, UK (PRWEB) April 17, 2008
The world's most expensive coffee has finally arrived in the UK and the high prices charged of over £50 per cup reflect its extraordinary origins.
The coffee is a mixture of traditional Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee and Kopi Luwak, a bean that comes from south east Asia and is collected off the floor from the droppings of civet cats. The civet cat apparently eats the beans fresh off the plants, partly digests them, and then excretes them in the usual way. It is no surprise that this coffee is rare and costs over £350 per kilo.
The digestion process apparently does change the whole nature of the bean to give an entirely different perspective on coffee. Available online and from the top people's store Peter Jones in Sloane Square, the coffee is said to be dark and very smooth.
Expert coffee maker Bill Brown from Cook Shop Group Armorica is excited about this new arrival.
"It is obviously a very different type of coffee that requires a very special preparation technique," says Bill. "We would strongly recommend a coffee machine that is able to cope with the subtle nature of these beans -- a fine grind, water temperature of between 85° and 92°, and pressure in the espresso machine in excess of 15 bars would be ideal. This would ensure that every little bit of flavour and its subtlety is extracted from this precious bean."
At the sort of prices mentioned it is no surprise that this coffee has become a big hit with the rich and famous, a new designer label to add to the collection.