These Rare Coffee Beans Cost $1300 A Pound

When your alarm goes off and it's time to rise and shine, what gets you out of bed in the morning? For many, it's the rich, comforting aroma of hot coffee. Or at least for 64% of America, that's the case, says Disturb Me Not. With its complex flavor profile and energy-boosting qualities, this popular morning beverage also has many health benefits. 

According to Healthline, "many people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and veggies combined." Whether your prefer a lighter, mellow roast or a darker, robust flavor, a steaming cup of joe can help jump start your day, or provide you with the perfect excuse to spend hours with friends at a cute café.

But how much would you want to spend on your morning brew? Maybe $5 or $6 at most? Would you be willing to splurge for $1,300 coffee beans? We don't even know if Jack's magic beans were worth that much. Here's why this lavish coffee has such an outrageous price tag.

Are these luxurious coffee beans worth the price?

If you pride yourself on being a coffee connoisseur, we might have just found your definition of heaven. Located in the highlands of Panama, 2,100 meters above sea-level, is Finca Sophia, a farm "that produces some of the most prized beans in the world." According to Food & Wine, this high-altitude farm sold their washed Gesha beans at the 2020 Best of Panama Auction for $1,300.50 USD per pound. This more than doubled the previous world record of $601 USD paid for Gesha beans at the same auction in 2017 (via Daily Coffee News).

You may be thinking to yourself, no coffee bean could possibly be worth this much. But this award-winning variety "is renowned for its uniquely pungent floral flavor tapered by a signature refined sweetness and clean taste," per Best Quality Coffee. So maybe there is something to it!

While these rare beans may be out of many people's price range, there's good news for coffee lovers as a more affordable option is now available. Finca Sophia is teaming up with the coffee start-up Cometeer, and together, they have a 20-set capsule collection of these desirable beans that have been brewed and flash frozen for freshness for just $99 (via Food & Wine). If you do the math, that's about $5 a cup, which is much more standard coffee fare — and you might even be willing to share.