Sunday, 6 January 2008

Like some Cat Poo with your Coffee?

I like my Starbucks Caramel Java Chip Coffee as much as the next fella, but I don't think I'll be switching to this variety anytime soon...

A coffee shop in Rockford, Michigan is serving up a rare brew of coffee, made from Indonesian roasted 'Kopi Luwak' beans.

The beans are first fed to a kind of cat - the luwak civet - and are then collected when they, you know, pass through the other end. Coffee connoisseurs around the world are apparently willing to pay big money for the unique flavour.

The Indonesian luwak (also known as the Asian Palm Civet) instinctively picks the best coffee berries, and fans of the brew say the feline's stomach acid and poo give the beans an unrivalled flavour.

Owner of the Herman's Boy coffee shop, Floyd Havemeier, insists the coffee beans are safe, despite having passed through a cat's butt...

“It will be very sanitary, probably more sanitary than some other things we consume”, he says. “The bean is protected as it goes through the digestive system. The acidic part of the stomach creates some unique flavors.”

Less than 1,000 pounds of the unusual Kopi Luwak coffee is released on the marketplace each year, with the brew normally selling for up to US$50 a cup.

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  1. Phil Says:

    Gives new meaning to the phrase: "Tastes like sh*t"

    (apologies for the crassness)