Want to Taste the World's Most-Expensive Coffee

It’s a bargain at $55 a cup.

Would you pay $55 (or more) for a cup of coffee?

How about if it was award-winning coffee so good that a juror at a coffee competition in Panama, where the bean is grown, called it "God in a Cup"?

A coffee so rare — grown in just one Panama valley — only between fifty and 100 bags of it are produced a year?

A coffee so coveted that it recently sold at auction for a record-breaking $601 a pound — reportedly nearly double the cost of the previous pricey coffee record holder?

A coffee described as “powerful and complex” with “an aroma of chocolate strawberries,” as well as abundant “flavors of blueberries, blackberries, sugar cane, fruit loops and rose hips,” not to mention “nectarine acidity, a juicy body, and the aftertaste of peach”?

If your answer is yes, you now have your chance. Klatch Roastery & Training Lab in Rancho Cucamonga, California, is offering a limited number of people (only 250) willing to shell out what, all things considered, sounds like a rather reasonable cost to try a cup of Esmeralda Geisha 601, the most expensive (and perhaps most delicious) coffee in the world, at a 601 Experience event, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event, to which tickets can be purchased at three “package” levels, ranging from $55 to $95 and including an “exclusive” 601 souvenir mug (so you can remember the time you shelled out big bucks for a not-so-humble cup of joe), will feature coffee brewed by two-time U.S. Brewing Champion Todd Goldsworthy, who won his second championship, in 2016, brewing coffee from this very same lot. It will also feature a talk by Mike Perry, Klatch Roastery’s roastmaster and “green buyer,” who brings a background in chemical engineering to his role, about the science of the bean’s journey from seed to costly cup.

Tickets to all but the highest (“Platinum”) level are still available. And if you’re not in a position to travel to California to drink a cup of coffee, no matter how good, you can also have 15 grams of Esmeralda 601 shipped to you — at either the “Silver” or “Gold” package level — so you can brew it yourself at home.   

Photo courtesy of @klatchroasting

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