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This is what it’s like to taste the most expensive coffee in North America

By in Press Enterprise on November 17, 2017

By Brooke Staggs

It starts with the smell — fruity notes that don’t typically accompany a cup of black coffee.

Then there’s the color, which isn’t really black at all. Melted caramel comes to mind.

Finally there’s the taste. Oh that taste. Bold but not bitter. Layers of floral and citrus that make it just sweet enough, you’d swear there was a dab of sugar inside. And so smooth, you won’t be reaching for gum to mask that coffee breath, hoping instead to savor those flavors as long as you can.

This is what it’s like to taste the most expensive coffee in North America.

  • Mike Perry, CEO and founder of Klatch Coffee prepares a cup of Esmeralda Geisha 601 Friday November 17, 2017 at the company’s Rancho Cucamonga headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga.. Klatch Coffee customers can pay $55 to sip eight ounces of the rare coffee. Making it the most expensive coffee in the U.S. That title was previously held by an $18 cup of java. The Rancho Cucamonga-based coffeehouse will pour the rare coffee Nov. 18 at a ticketed event. The coffee, known as Esmeralda Geisha Cañas Verdes Natural, began with more than 1,000 pounds of red ripe coffee cherries that were handpicked from the hills of Volcan Baru, Panama. (Staff photo by Rick Sforza, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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