International Gourmet Coffees
Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi
No other coffee in the world is in such short supply or retails at a price that's so difficult to digest. Harvested from the excreta of the Indonesian Luwak or Palm Civet, which sneaks onto coffee plantations and eats only the ripest cherries. Enzymes in its digestive tract soften the harsh, bitter overtones of the coffee beans, leaving them with a unique strong, nutty, chocolatey flavour.
Rs 2,100 for 450 gm
On special order at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Arabica beans cultivated on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is a mild, light, delicately floral, balanced coffee that lends itself well to numerous variations. But beware of the various Kona blends floating around-most of these contain only 5 per cent actual Kona.
Jamaican Blue Mountain
Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi
This is Caribbean coffee grown at the highest altitude, James Bond's favourite. It's hard to come by because much of it is shipped to Japan and Korea. If you do manage to lay your hands on a few beans, treasure its fruity aroma.
Rs 850/250 gm
Stores across India
Available only in a single blend, illy's 100 per cent pure arabica blend is made from a base of Brazilian beans, blended with 12 other...