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Meet The 500-Euro Cup of Coffee

In a world saturated with coffee options, where every roastery boasts of its unique blends and rare finds, one particular brew stands out among the rest: Bourbon Pointu. This Arabica coffee variety, fetching nearly 500 Euros per kilo, isn't just a beverage; it's a connoisseur's dream, steeped in history, scarcity, and unparalleled flavor.


Step into the realm of gourmet coffee, and you'll find yourself amidst a sea of claims about award-winning beans, the epitome of perfection, or beans so rare they're practically mythical. However, in the case of Bourbon Pointu, these claims hold weight. According to Jonathan Morris, a research professor in history at the University of Hertfordshire, Bourbon Pointu's high price is not just a result of marketing hype; it's a testament to its scarcity and story. (According to Food&Wine)

To trace the origins of Bourbon Pointu, one must embark on a journey to Réunion, a tiny island nestled off the coast of Madagascar. Formerly known as Bourbon, this island has been intertwined with coffee history since the 1600s when French traders introduced coffee plants to its fertile soil. Over time, a genetic mutation gave rise to Bourbon Pointu, named for its distinctive pointed shape, and thus began its saga of rarity and prestige.

During the reign of King Louis XV, coffee became the preferred drink of the French elite, with Bourbon emerging as the most prized of all French colonial coffee origins. However, the path to its modern-day revival was fraught with challenges. By the mid-1900s, Bourbon Pointu plantations had all but disappeared from the island, only to be rediscovered in private gardens decades later.

Today, Bourbon Pointu is experiencing a renaissance, with approximately 50 producers meticulously cultivating this elusive bean on the slopes of Réunion's volcanoes. But what sets Bourbon Pointu apart isn't just its history; it's the unparalleled taste experience it offers. With its complex, fruity flavors and sweet undertones, Bourbon Pointu tantalizes the taste buds like no other.

Despite its acclaim, Bourbon Pointu remains a rarity outside of select circles, particularly in Japan where it enjoys a cult-like following. For those outside Réunion or Japan, acquiring a taste of this exclusive coffee requires either a pilgrimage to the island's coffee farms or attending specialty events. Yet, for those willing to splurge on a cup of the extraordinary, Bourbon Pointu offers a moment of indulgence and pleasure. With its low caffeine content, it's a coffee meant for savoring, a luxurious treat in a world of ordinary brews.

So, the next time you crave a truly exceptional coffee experience, consider the allure of Bourbon Pointu. Beyond its hefty price tag lies a story centuries in the making, a taste sensation like no other, and a journey worth embarking upon for any coffee aficionado.


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