Friday, April 11, 2008

'scuse me waitress, but my coffee tastes like...

How much would you pay for a good cup of coffee? $2? $5? $10? $25?

How about $100 for a single cup?

You ask, "What could possibly make a cup of coffee worth a hundred bucks?" The answer is simple: rodent poop.

That's right. The most expensive cup of coffee in the world is made up of a mixture of two coffee beans: the Jamaican Blue Mountain and the Kopi Luwak. The coffee is called "Caffe Raro."

What makes Kopi Luwak so wonderful is that the Kopi Luwak beans are eaten by a rodent that lives in southeast Asia and China called the Asian palm civet (see picture).

The rodent is apparently a coffee connoisseur and only eats the finest and ripest coffee beans. Then, the enzymes in its digestive juices make the bean oh-so-good.

After the civet digests and passes the beans, workers collect the feces and separate the beans from the poop.

Then, the pooped Kopi Luwan beans are sold at more than $300 per pound. They are combined with the Jamaican Blue Mountain bean to make the special brew.

Want a cup? You can have one at Peter Jones in Sloane Square in England this month.

maybe they should have named it Caffe Crappe


Robin Lee Sardini said...

LOL, Steve!
Yup, that's some good...!
I had heard about civets and the lovely flavor they impart to those coffee beans but I'd have to be out of my mind (read: significant coffee deprivation) before I'd even consider drinking such a thing :-)

josey said...

i know this really has NOTHING to do with this post, but it makes me think of a line from the 2nd Ace Ventura movie..."guano bowls! collect the whole set!" LOLOLOL!

and about the coffee...would you personally dare try a cup? LOL!

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FriendinME said...

lol. What I want to know is who in the world ever discovered this treat???? I mean, there must have been a guy one day who said, "Hey, I want coffee so bad that I think I will cook up those beans that rat just pooped out."

That, Robin, is a serious coffee deprivation.

FriendinME said...

sure, josey, I'd try it, but I would want to turn around the money exchange-- you would have to pay me the hundred bucks... and it would help if I had a really bad caffeine headache!

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cheks900 said...

aww thats gross, people will buy and consume the weirdest things.