SAN DIMAS (CBSLA) — The world’s most expensive coffee may leave some Southern Californians with the jitters – but not from the caffeine.
Klatch Coffee Roasters has procured 10 pounds of the exclusive Elida Natural Geisha coffee to split among its Southern California stores. At $1,200 a pound after roasting, each hot cup will cost a cool $75.READ MORE: Republican Gubernatorial Hopefuls Take Debate Stage Wednesday Night
“I will definitely pay a premium, but $75 — probably not going to be happening for one cup,” customer Kevin Gandy said.
The unroasted coffee is imported from Panama and set a world record price of $803 per pound at the Best of Panama coffee competition. It’s available only from Klatch Coffee in North America.READ MORE: Suspected Corona Movie Theater Shooter, Joseph Jimenez, Reportedly Confesses
The coffee company says Geisha is a rare variety of Arabica coffee that came to Panama from a research lab in Costa Rica, with origins in Ethiopia. It’s known for its floral, tea-like and stone fruit flavors.
CBS2 reporter Tina Patel, an self-described tea drinker, sampled a cup and agreed that the coffee tasted fruity, much like tea — before handing it off to a colleague.MORE NEWS: No Apology From Department After 5-Year-Old Boy Bitten By South Pasadena Police K9 Tuesday At National Night Out Event
The rare and expensive coffee will be available at Klatch locations in Redondo Beach, San Dimas, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and LAX.