SINGAPORE - A rare coffee brewed with beans from a small mountainous region in Panama - said to be the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world - will be available in Singapore soon.
The coffee is a natural processed Geisha cultivated at 1,800m above sea level in the mountainous region of Boquete town in western Panama, a country in central America.
Given that a 100-pound lot from the Hacienda La Esmeralda broke price records when it fetched US$601 (S$812) per pound, or $60,100 for 100 pounds, at an auction in August, be prepared to cough up an eye-watering sum for a taste.
A single espresso-size cup of Esmerelda Geisha coffee will cost you $85. The brew will be sold at speciality coffee chain The Coffee Academics' two outlets - at Scotts Square and Raffles City - from Nov 6. Only 80 cups will be available, while stocks last.
The coffee earned a top-scoring 94.1 points out of 100 for its cup profile, The Coffee Academics said in a statement on Monday (Oct 16).
Singapore will be the first country in South-east Asia to taste the beverage. It will also be rolled out to Hong Kong.
Coffee lovers can taste it first as part of GastroMonth Singapore on Nov 5 - those who purchase a $128 ticket for The Coffee Academics' event will be able to taste the "Best of Panama" coffee at a cupping and brewing demonstration.
The coffee offered to participants will also be an espresso-size serving, split up into portions for taste pairings.
The ticket price includes mocktails, speciality coffee cocktails and canapes.