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.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7340005.stm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Palm_Civet


maybe they should have named it Caffe Crappe

9 comments:

Robin Lee Sardini said...

LOL, Steve!
Yup, that's some good... errrr...coffee!
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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Robert Basler said...

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Bob Basler
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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!

friendinME said...

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LadyBanana said...

Disgusting... I will not be popping down to Peter Jones in any hurry!

cheks900 said...

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