As we're so often told, the best things in life are free. But somebody also said 'but you can keep them for the birds and bees'
The point is, most of us can't afford the most expensive of anything. When it comes to cars, watches and wine, it's a definite and resounding 'no'. But there are things on this beautiful blue planet you can afford the very, very best of. Read on for exciting (not that exciting) details.
So here's a quick list of the most expensive things in their category on the market. It's fantastically inaccurate, but hopefully it'll help you waste a few minutes of internet downtime.
Most Expensive Watch - Louis Moinet Meteoris Collection ($3.5M)
Dollars per pound: $9,922,322
This watch is full of all the usual things you need to accurately tell the time. If you thought they'd overlooked the essential fragment of the planet Mars then you'd be mistaken. They're not stupid!
Most Expensive Meteorite - The Fukang Meteorite ($2,008,186)
Dollars per pound: $908.27
Found in the Fukang mountains in China, this 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite is a pallasite which are incredibly rare as far as meteorites go. Only around 1% of the total meteorites we know of on earth are pallasites which is partly why this huge one is so Fukang expensive (sorry, couldn't resist). At 2,211lb you'd definitely prefer to find it rather than it find you.
Most Expensive Handbag - Hermès white Himalaya crocodile diamond Birkin ($379,261)
Dollars per pound: $189,630
Covered in diamonds and 18-karat-gold, this handbag has incredibly clever inbuilt security. Even though it's tremendously expensive the fact that it looks exactly like ones you literally see all the time, everywhere means nobody will mug you for it.
Most Expensive Car - Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita ($4.8M)
Dollars per pound: $1,495
The CCXR goes from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds. So if you hopped in the passenger seat you'd be doing 100kmph before you'd finished buckling your seatbelt.
Most Expensive House - Antilla, Altamount Road, Mumbai ($2 billion)
Weight: Like, soo much
Dollars per pound: $2bn ÷ Like, soo much)
You might be surprised to hear that a tycoon lives in this 400,000-square-foot pad. Mukesh Ambani moved into this house/mansion/skyscraper with his wife and three kids in 2008. They should be able to swing as many cats as they like with 80,000 square feet each to play with.
Most Expensive Wine - Domaine de la Romanee-Conti – Romanee-Conti Grand Cru – Burgundy, France 1990 ($21,255 per bottle)
Dollars per pound: $7,457.89
Wines have sold for more, but this is (probably) the most expensive you can actually buy off the shelf. It's the sort of wine you get in trouble over when you home drunk, open, pass out after one glass and spill the rest of the bottle over the swan-feather carpet.
Most Expensive Coffee: Black Ivory Coffee ($85)
Dollars per pound: $1,105.69
It's called Black Ivory because it's been "refined" by an elephant's insides before you get to drink it (you lucky thing). Beans are eaten, ejected and then roasted. It seems coffee just has to have been pooped for people to scream 'take my money' - there's a civet coffee that works in the same delightful way. (It makes you wonder if you could make a DIY version of your own, doesn't it?)
So, in summary, most of us will not buy the most expensive of anything in life. And that's ok, because often the most expensive isn't the best.
The advantage that coffee-lovers have over billionaires is that you can get mind-alteringly-good coffee for a few bucks-a-pop. The chances are there's an awesome local roaster doing incredible things a stone's throw away from you right now. So get out there and find out what you're missing.
Just a little nudge in the right direction: pour over coffee is one of the best ways to enjoy the full spectrum of flavor from quality coffee. Check out our pour over brewers - they have stainless steel filters which means more flavor on your lips and less absorbed in a nasty paper filter. Hint: they go very nicely with a Gator gooseneck kettle with a built-in thermometer for an accurate temperature and a smooth flow. Check out the dynamic duo here.