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It really is funny what we consider prized and rare coffee. Well, some are definitely rare but why prized? Does the coffee really taste better when it goes through the digestive system of an animal?
Kopi luwak (Indonesian pronunciation: [ˈkopi ˈlu.aʔ]), or civet coffee, is one of the world's most expensive and low-production varieties of coffee. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In the digestive tract, the civets' proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness. This coffee is widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world with prices reaching $350 per kilogram ($160 per pound).. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak
Kopi Luwak I think is the better known 'most expensive coffee in the world'. There is another one as well made from the poop of elephants.
Here is black ivory coffee: http://www.blackivorycoffee.com/. Coffee from elephant dung…
Ten years in the making, BLACK IVORY COFFEE is created through a process whereby coffee beans are naturally refined by Thai elephants at the Golden Elephant Triangle Foundation in Chiang Saen, northern Thailand. It begins with selecting the best Thai Arabica beans that have been picked from an altitude as high as 1500 meters. Once deposited by the elephants, the individual beans are hand-picked by the Mahouts and their wives and sun-dried. Approximately 10,000 beans are picked for each kilogram of roasted coffee. We require 33 kilograms of coffee cherries to produce just one kilogram of BLACK IVORY COFFEE.
Black ivory is about $500 a pound. Will I ever try these varieties? … Realistically probably not. But I should produce my own! Would anyone drink coffee gathered form raccoon poop? We do have lots of those around here… Hmm new marketing opportunity.
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