Cat Shit Coffee @ £50 a cup!

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Cat Shit Coffee at £50 a cup
Cup of Caffe Raro
The blend is made from two rare coffee beans

A gourmet coffee blended from animal droppings is being sold at a London department store for £50 per cup.

Jamaican Blue Mountain and the Kopi Luwak bean are used to create Caffe Raro which is thought to be the most expensive cup of coffee in the world.

Kopi Luwak beans are eaten, then passed, by the cat-like Asian palm civet, and sell for £324 a kilogram.

All profits from sales of the coffee at Peter Jones in Sloane Square in April will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ripest berries

Asian palm civets, which live in the foliage of plantations across south-east Asia, are said to pick the best and ripest coffee berries.

Enzymes in their digestive system break down the flesh of the fruit before the animals expel the bean.

The beans are then collected from the plantation floor by workers who wash away the dung and roast them.

David Cooper, who created the blend, said: “These rare coffees have been slowly hand roasted for around 12 minutes to ensure that we maximise the potential of each coffee.

“The final roast colour is quite dark to ensure that the espresso is perfect for a smooth latte or cappuccino.”

See the real “cat” and find out more info after the jump!

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Cat Shit Coffee grows in dozens of countries around the world. Some varieties have earned a special reputation, often based on a combination of rarity, unusual circumstances and particularly good flavor. These coffees, from Jamaican Blue Mountain to Kona to Tanzanian Peaberry, command a premium price. But perhaps no coffee in the world is in such short supply, has such unique flavors and an interesting background as Kopi Luwak. And no coffee even comes close in price, Kopi Luwak sells for approximately US$75 per quarter pound making it the most expensive coffee in the world!

“Kopi” the Indonesian word for coffee along with “Luwak” is local name for Asian Palm Civet, an animal similar to a weasel. Luwak comes from the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi, in the Indonesian Archipelago. But it’s not strictly the exotic location that makes these beans worth their weight in silver. It’s how they’re “processed.”

Kopi Luwak or Civet coffee is coffee made from raw red coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). The animals gorge on the ripe berries, and excrete the partially-digested beans, which are then harvested for sale. The stomach acids and enzymatic action involved in this unique fermentation process produces the beans for the world’s rarest coffee beverage.

Unable to digest the coffee beans, the Luwak graciously deposits them on the jungle floor where they are eagerly collected by the locals. Initially, it was a way for the natives to get coffee without the hassle of climbing trees, and has since evolved into the world’s priciest specialty coffee.

Japan buys the bulk of Kopi Luwak, but Mark Mountanos, the first in the United States to bring in this exotic bean, recently imported 110 pounds after a seven year search for a reliable and stable supplier. “It’s the rarest beverage in the world,” Mark Mountanos says, estimating a total annual crop of less than 500 pounds. This rare and exotic coffee can cost about US$5 per cup in the United States, and fetch as high as AU$50 (US$45) in Australia.

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2 Responses

  1. NotThisAgain says:

    Get over it already. This story is years old. Do we have to recycle everything from 2003 episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show?

  2. May says:

    Hey NotThisAgain, stop acting like a flippin’ Nazi. Some people don’t find out about things until some time later. Regardless of whether or not this is old news and when the author found out about it, GTFO if you don’t like it.

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