Friday, March 05, 2010

Repost Friday: Cat Poo Coffee

Katz Tales is out in The Star, Weekender, print version only tomorrow. Get your copy while it's hot!

This Friday Repost is from 19th May 2007

I thought this was a spoof but it isn't:

The world's most expensive, and rarest, coffee is Kopi Luwak. It is made in neighboringcivet cat Indonesia from coffee beans found in jungles.

And guess what, the only beans used are those that have been passed through native civet cats.

The price is a cool $1,000 (RM4000) a kilo.

As Wikipedia reports, "Civets are omnivorous, supplementing a meat diet (both hunted and scavenged) with fruit, eggs, and possibly roots. One of the Common Palm Civet's favorite fruits is the coffee "berry." The coffee bean within often survives, and it is sometimes gathered and sold as caphe cut chon (fox-dung coffee) in Vietnam or Kopi Luwak (civet coffee) in Indonesia."

Anyone for a cuppa? I thought Yuk but apparently the coffee connoisseurs in Oz are digging in happily. See here and here for news articles.

I wonder if Scoop and Au would like to eat a few beans? It might be a whole new cottage industry.

PS This image of the civet cat was originally called "Malaiischer Palmenroller, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus Schreb. 1/5 natürlicher Größe." It was created by Gustav Mützel and comes from Brehms Tierleben, Small Edition 1927. It's copyright is now expired so the image may be used by anyone.

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Anya said...

Fijn weekend voor jullie allemaal
Kareltje =^.^=

Amy & the house of cats said...

Ok, as a non-coffee fan I have said a few times that cat poop and coffee have a similar smell to me but this is just a bit too gross!

Pam said...

I had read about this before but still have a hard time believing anyone would want to drink this stuff. Yuck!
BTW, no, my daughter and her friends aren't all going to the same college. For some reason, her school has made them attend a ton of college field trips. She's been required to go to five different college fairs this year.

The Oceanside Animals said...

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~CovertOperations78~ said...

It's not just any cat! It has to be a particular type of civet cat, and the coffee beans are processed in digestion! Think of it as having an eco-friendly coffee bean grinder! Hurray!

Carla said...

LOL!! I find this VERY interesting. I'm not a coffee drinker, so I wonder how it changes the taste.

rickkgoh said...

Anyone for a coffee in coffee bean, try cat poo, it's 100% free.