If the price of your $6 Starbucks latte gives you heart palpitations, one Southern California coffee chain’s fancy cup of joe might just kill you.
Klatch Coffee Roasters, which has shops from Los Angeles to San Francisco, is currently selling a very exclusive brew for $75 cup.
The shop is the only one in all of the US to sell Elita Geisha coffee, and even they only have a limited quantity: There are just 80 cups of the super-fancy beverage available.
Not a budget drink, for sure! Klatch Coffee Roasters is the only coffee shop in the US to offer a coffee called Elida Geisha, which they’re selling for $75 a cup
The coffee was made at the Lamastus Family Estates in Boquete, Panama, with only 100lbs. produced.
Last summer, it was auctioned off at the annual Best of Panama green coffee auction hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama.
It sold to several buyers from around the world for $803 per pound, the highest per-pound price ever paid at the coffee auction.
Klatch Coffee Roasters bought ten pounds and was the only US coffee shop to get any.
Those with a coffee obsession and cash to spare can splash out $75 to try a cup of it before it’s gone.
A customer who did manage to taste it told KABC in Los Angeles that it’s ‘very smooth’ and has ‘good taste,’ while another said it ‘packs a punch.’
Expensive! They bought 10lbs. of it at the annual Best of Panama green coffee auction. At $803 per pound, it was the highest per-pound price ever paid at the coffee auction
Hyper exclusive! Klatch Coffee Roasters has just 80 cups worth, and its only available at its Los Angeles and San Francisco locations
Klatch, meanwhile, explains on its website that it has floral and fruit flavors.
‘Geisha is a rare variety of Arabica coffee that came to Panama from a research lab in Costa Rica but has its origins in Ethiopia,’ the site reads.
‘It is known for its floral, tea like and stone fruit flavors with Jasmine, Bergamot, Sugar Cane and Stone Fruit (peach or apricot) being common flavor notes.
‘Natural describes the processing where the cherry is dried fruit on for many weeks, imparting mixed fruit notes like strawberry, raspberry, or blueberry.’
And while the price is certainly sky-high, its possible there will soon be an even pricier cup: The next auction takes place from May 22 and May 25 and may turn out an even more expensive bean.
Previously, Klatch had sold the Esmeralda Geisha, which it bought for $601 per pound. The 250 eight-ounce cups available went for $55 each.