I saw an article over at Beppo’s Blog about the world’s most expensive coffee, and it’s a story that is most definitely random and stupid (yet true). This coffee is called Kopi Luwak (or Civet coffee), and it is made from coffee berries that have been eaten and pooped by a weasel-like animal. Yeah, you heard that right — the animal eats the coffee berries, digests them, defecates them, and then someone collects the feces, and they make coffee from it.
The coffee berries are washed, and then given “only a light roast so as to not destroy the complex flavors that develop through the process”. Think about that — the berries were digested and then pooped out by an animal, and they don’t want to destroy the flavors that developed through the process! This is most definitely not for me!
Guess how much people pay for this crap coffee… In processed form, between $120 and $600 per pound! In coffee form, $50 per cup.
If you want to see a picture of how these berries look when they are collected, follow this link. (Doesn’t it look like something you’d want to brew coffee with?)
One website that is promoting it said this about the flavor :
“It has earthy tones of natural processed Sumatra Mandheling. It has low acidity with a syrupy body. There’s something else there, a nuance in the flavor profile that I can’t describe, and when I’ve challenged others, no one else can either. It’s almost alien, a tiny little flavor note, highly exotic.”
Yeah, that little “nuance” / exotic flavor is POOP! I just can’t believe people drink coffee made from crap! Will people buy anything if it’s considered rare and exotic?
What is this world coming to?!?