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Civet Cat shit in sold Coffee... in australia.. wtf? LOL

 
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Some say that it tastes of caramel or chocolate. Others describe it as earthy and musty. Whatever the flavour, connoisseurs are happy to pay $41 to savour a single cup of luwak coffee.

That is quite a price for a brew made from beans digested and excreted by Indonesian civet cats, or luwaks.

It is being marketed in Australia as “the world’s rarest and most exclusive coffee,” although those with more sense than money refer to it as “cat-poo coffee.”

Allan Sharpe, co-owner of the Heritage Tea Rooms in Hervey Bay, Queensland, said: “People who willingly pay the $50 are uplifted by the thrill of the experience.”

Every month about a dozen people sample the café’s luwak coffee, which Sharpe and his wife, Michelle, have not yet promoted or advertised since it was first on the menu last November, relying on word of mouth.

“It’s as good as my private life is bad,” one taster said. “This is the kind of coffee you renounce your religion and sell your child for.”


Customers are rewarded with a “certificate of experience” as a memento of their drinking of luwak coffee. Others tell the Sharpes that even if they were paid to do so, they could not bring themselves to drink coffee from beans secreted by an animal.

Gift boxes of luwak coffee, also imported from Indonesia, include the animal’s droppings wrapped in plastic, which the Sharpes say are treated with gamma rays by quarantine officials on arrival in Australia.

The beans, which are gathered from forest floors by hand and initially resemble slabs of peanut brittle, are cleaned and lightly roasted.

The boxes, including 9 oz of coffee and the droppings encased in plastic, retail at $131.

It is not known when the first cup of luwak coffee was brewed, nor how the first cup came to be brewed from their excrement.

The most common theory is that those who harvest coffee beans realized that those contained in luwak droppings in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and south India were easier to gather from the forest floor than from the plants.

Annual world production is believed to be only about 660 lb., with a market price of about $987 a kilo.

Guelph University in Canada is one of the few institutions to have studied the make-up of luwak coffee beans. Its scientists found them to have less protein, a lower bacterial count and some pitting on the surface compared with the popular Colombian variety.

This may explain, the researchers said, why luwak coffee was less bitter and had a more attractive aroma.
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LONDON, April 10 (UPI) -- The British department store Peter Jones has announced plans to sell coffee, harvested from the dung of Indonesian jungle cats, for $100 a cup.
The pricey coffee known as Caffe Raro is a blend of rare Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and Kupi Luwak, an Indonesian coffee bean that is harvested from the bodily waste left behind by Indonesian civet cats, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

The blend is made by Italian company De Longhi.

"It is in high demand from coffee aficionados. They will relish the chance to buy such a rare coffee. After all, only 200kg (440 pounds) of Kupi Luwak coffee is produced each year," a De Longhi spokesman said.

Joe Teixeira, head of catering for Peter Jones, said the store's customers are more concerned with unique experiences and an appetite for the weird and the wonderful, whatever the expense.

"The fact the coffee includes a bean ingested by Indonesian civet cats gives them an experience they couldn't get anywhere else in the world," he said.

The store said money made from sales of the coffee will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.


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Just buy your own cat and DIY the coffee beans!

Much less expensive. :)
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Nothing like a cuppa pooffee in the morning.....
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I think this thread should be awarded with a cat. How about it, mods?
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"LONDON, April 10 (UPI) -- The British department store Peter Jones has announced plans to sell coffee, harvested from the dung of Indonesian jungle cats, for $100 a cup."

I hope WW3 gets here soon...lol
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well it shouldn't come as a surprise. they've been feeding us shit for years
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I think this thread should be awarded with a cat. How about it, mods?

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Not a civet, but they aren't domesticated anyway.
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I don't know why, but that pic cracks me up. LMFAO! Thanks!
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I think this thread should be awarded with a cat. How about it, mods?

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Not a civet, but they aren't domesticated anyway.

I don't know why, but that pic cracks me up. LMFAO! Thanks!
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ah thank you for that. it's good to see a little pussy in the afternoon
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Man this is really good shit. If you ever get a chance, try it at least once before turning you nose up at it. I am lucky I used to live on Borneo, and had a choice of some of the worlds best coffees as normal everyday fare. If you ever have $10 to spare, try it then come back here and tell us what you think.
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