AT £50 a cup it is the world’s most expensive and rarest coffee.
But because of the slightly strange way it is created, the Caffé Raro may not be to everyone’s taste!
Exotic cat-like animal the wild palm civet has to digest – and then excrete – some of the world’s rarest coffee beans to make the exclusive coffee blend.
Huddersfield-based Coopers Coffee created a blend of civet coffee which is only available in an exclusive Sloane Square shop in London.
The indulgent coffee is made using Kopi Luwak, which is widely regarded as the most expensive individual coffee bean on the market, and the rare Jamaican Blue Mountain bean.
Produced in Indonesia, the Kopi Luwak bean is digested by a Palm cat for several days before being used in coffee.
David Cooper, managing director of Coopers Coffee, said: “About three months ago I was asked by DeLonghi to make the world’s rarest blend of coffee that was so exclusive and expensive it couldn’t be outdone.
“I took on the challenge and there were only three coffee beans I could have potentially used and one of the crops had already sold out.
“The Kopi Luwak is the rarest bean, there are only 300 kilos of it in the world and I managed to buy three kilos.
“The bean is excreted by this wild cat, which is native to Indonesia.
“The cat forages on the ground for the cherry bean and takes all the nutrients as it builds up in its gut.
“It passes the bean a few days later which is then cleaned and dried for coffee.
“The beans are so exclusive it costs around $1,000 for one kilo.”
Expert coffee makers spent the weekend blending the rare beans and creating the Caffé Raro, which went on sale on Wednesday morning for £50 a cup.
Mr Cooper is a World Barista Championship Judge and Board Director of the World Barista Championships.
He founded the Huddersfield-based company which is considered among the best coffee makers in the world.
He added: “It’s a beautiful coffee, really mellow and clean.
“A lot of affluent people tried it as soon as it was available and two women in their 70s said it was gorgeous.
“I don’t think we can ever surpass this, but there are other ways of creating a unique coffee and I will always try it.”
The Caffé Raro luxury blend is on sale at the Chelsea department store Peter Jones.