Would you consume something that came from animal dung? Supposedly the world’s best coffee beans can only be found in the excrement of the civet, a Southeast Asian wild cat. Um, yuck!
According to this NY Times Article ,”Costing hundreds of dollars a pound, these beans are found in the droppings of the civet, a nocturnal, furry, long-tailed catlike animal that prowls Southeast Asia’s coffee-growing lands for the tastiest, ripest coffee cherries. The civet eventually excretes the hard, indigestible innards of the fruit — essentially, incipient coffee beans — though only after they have been fermented in the animal’s stomach acids and enzymes to produce a brew described as smooth, chocolaty and devoid of any bitter aftertaste.”
Sure it sounds good, but it came out of a kitty’s butt, so I’m still going to go with “ew”. (Though I wish my cats’ waste was worth that kind of money, I’d be set for life.)
The less funny and more depressing part of this article is that enterprising slimy entrepreneurs are now farming the wild cats, and keeping them in cages so that they can produce these prized beans. Poor wild cats