Have you ever been making your morning coffee only to wonder if there is a coffee that just tastes better?
Never have I ever, thought it’d be coming out of an animal’s butt! Yup, There’s a Coffee Made of Poop
, And It’s Supposed To Be The Best Coffee In The World…
Meet the most expensive and what is supposed to be, the best coffee in the world…Kopi Luawk.
Kopi luwak, or civet coffee, is coffee that includes partially digested coffee cherries, eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. Fermentation occurs as the cherries pass through a civet’s intestines, and after being defecated with other fecal matter, they are collected.
The fun story about Kopi Luwak brings the topic to the coffee marketed as “cat-poo coffee”. Strangely enough, cat-poo coffee is actually the most expensive coffee in the world. The production process is completely different than standard coffee. For standard coffee, producers harvest the coffee fruit. For Kopi Luwak, on the other hand, peasants collect the feces of the civet cats, and then they use those feces to produce the coffee.
So, to sum it up, a rodent type animal (some say a cat-like creature) eats cherries which then in return, poops them out and someone has the shitty job of collecting that shit to turn into coffee…
Let’s just put aside for a second that people actually put this stuff in their mouths, and let’s just think that somewhere, on someone’s job application they had to list their job qualifications something like this:
- Has great customer service skills √
- Can deal with literal shit all day √
- Has no sense of smell √
- Isn’t bothered by staring at a rear end all day √
- Isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty √
- Can totally polish a turd √
- Remains optimistic even when knee deep in crap √
Okay, but seriously, who would want to try this coffee after hearing where it comes from? I mean, I am all about a great cup of joe, but I’m not about to drink something that looks like it came out of a raccoon’s butt. And in case you’re curious and want to do the bucket list thing and give it a shot, you should know, this exotic coffee sells for $30-$100 per cup and $100-$600 per pound.
WHAT MAKES THE COFFEE SPECIAL?
One of the reasons why Kopi Luwak is so special and unique is the rarity. Put into perspective, Kopi Luwak takes up to 1% of the world’s production of coffee per year. As a rare and luxury product, with a great story to back up the production process, the cat-poo coffee is a dream come true for “foodies who have everything”.
Packaging is another aspect that makes the coffee special, as the coffee is packed into tiny little sachets, which are stored for ages. And once you receive the sachet, you cannot drink it immediately. You need to wait to a certain day for the coffee to be ready (this doesn’t apply for cups ordered at coffee shops).
Lastly, coffee producers have changed from Arabica to Robusta plants in a way to increase the caffeine capacity of the coffee. For comparison, Arabic contains between 1 and 1.45% of caffeine, while Robusta plants contain between 1.7 and 4% caffeine.
The taste is exceptional, at least that is what people tried it say. There is yet no explanation of what happens in the digestive system of the civet cats, but something happens there that completely transforms the taste of Kopi Luwak. In the end, you are served with several times better taste espresso.
Last, but not least, speaking of technicalities, the coffee brews faster than standard coffee on the same grind. The coffee also produces a less oily shot. The higher notes of the coffee are fantastic on first taste, as you experience the taste of well-roasted coffee. Once you get to the lower notes, you get a lovely, subtly nutty aftertaste that will carry you through the day.
Retailers of this coffee market it as a rare product sourced from wild civets’ feces. I did, however, find this Kopi Coffee on Amazon
for under $25. Not a bad way to give it a try if you’re into that sort of thing.
One thing is for sure, this goes onto the list of some of the craziest things I’ve heard of to date.
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