Photo: Starbucks Sells $7 Costa Rican Coffee - Its Most Expensive Yet
Coffee giant Starbucks recently began selling a Costa Rican cup ‘o’ joe for up to $7 per cup.
Starbucks is now offering Costa Rica Finca Palmilera, which is made from Geisha, a difficult-to-grow, rare coffee.
One 8 ounce bag of the whole bean coffee will set you back $40, with a tall cup of coffee, their smallest size, selling for $6 – without milk.
The coffee chain may have more than 11,000 stores, but Finca Palmilera is only being offered in 46 or them, and most of those being in or around Starbuck’s hometown of Seattle.
The beans of the Finca Palmilera are so expensive because Geisha heirloom plants such as this don’t produce many cherries, leaving fewer beans with more concentrated flavor, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to spokeswoman Alisa Martinez, Starbucks is now “working through 3,800 pounds” of the rare beans.
Geisha heirloom varietals were originally discovered in Ethiopia, but have been in Central America since the 1950s.