Thursday, 10 April 2008

Cuppa Poo?

The most expensive coffee in the world is now a local at Peter Jones (Sloane Square) in London. What’s so special about this brew that warrants its £50 price tag (that’s per cup!!) you ask? Well, that’s a very good question.

The brew is called Kopi Luwak and consists of coffee beans that have passed through an Asian Palm Civet (a weasel/cat like animal native to Southeast Asia). Confused yet? Basically the Civet goes around eating the coffee berries and then poops them out – for some reason the actual beans are able to pass through the animals inside without being digested. But here’s the ‘really’ special part (apparently, not like I’ve tried it!), even though the bean hasn’t been digested it’s been exposed to certain enzymes in the Civiet’s stomach that breaks down the coffee’s bitter taste so it’s meant to be a lot smoother and tastier (?!). So when our furry little friend leaves his ‘stuff’ behind workers then collect and remove the beans, wash it and give it a little roast. The special blend is ready.

Even though it sounds very fascinating, I think I’ll pass (for many reason!)

Via: Metro

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