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Australian Cafe Charges £110 For Cup Of Luxury Coffee

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Australian Cafe Charges £110 For Cup Of Luxury Coffee

Most of us are more than happy to shell out a few quid for a decent cup of coffee on the way to work (or at least, back in the days when we could go into work).

But would you be willing to part ways with AUS$198 (£110) of your hard-earned cash for a cup of Joe?

For most of us, the answer to that question would be a big fat nope. Nonetheless, that's exactly how much Gesha Cafe in Surrey Hills, Australia, is charging for one of its Yuzo-style premium coffees.

While you might think that this is a massive rip-off, according to those who have tried it, the taste is well worth it.

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Customers - including one named Bernard who said he has about one cup of the expensive hot drinks per month - describe the flavour as 'smooth, aromatic and with fruit and butterscotch characteristics'.

Credit: Instagram/Gesha Coffee
Credit: Instagram/Gesha Coffee

Speaking to 7NEWS, cafe owner Ken Taing said: "[It's] the most unique and beautiful coffee in the world."

The reason it's so expensive is because gesha, also known as geisha, coffee is difficult to grow and comes from remote locations - in this case the highlands of Panama.

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The coffee originated from the village of Gesha, Ethiopia, before cultivation spread to Central America.

While geisha is grown elsewhere in other areas of the world including Colombia, Panama's beans are widely considered the best in the world.

Credit: Instagram/Gesha Coffee
Credit: Instagram/Gesha Coffee

Growing conditions here are very specific - these beans require the perfect altitude, volcanic soil and the microclimates of Boquete, a small mountain town in Panama where the best geisha beans are grown.

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It's this perfect blend of circumstances that make the region's geisha varieties the most expensive and sought after.

In fact, at the 2019 Best of Panama specialty coffee auction, a geisha strain from the Lamastus family's Elida Estate in Panama sold at a record-breaking US$1,029 (£738) per pound.

You can see why Gesha Cafe has to charge so much for a cup of the luxury drink.

Credit: Instagram/Gesha Coffee
Credit: Instagram/Gesha Coffee
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Sommelier Quinton Ferguson told 7NEWS that the coffee is about the experience as much as the taste, and is comparable to what cognac is to wine.

So if you're a coffee lover and you're over on that side of the world, why not head over to the cafe and treat yourself to Melbourne's most expensive cup of coffee (just be sure to give your bank account a fair warning).

Words: Daisy Phillipson

Topics: Food And Drink, Coffee, Australia

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