Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kopi Luwak Coffee

First off-- I have never tried this coffee and have no plans to. Ever. It sells for about three hundred dollars a pound, which in itself is enough to keep my from sampling.. However, if you are not familiar with this  "most expensive" coffee in the world, let me fill you in.

These beans grow in Sumatra, Java, Bali---they are called coffee berries. Apparently they are quite common there, as they are the food of choice for the Asian Palm Civet (pic below)...a little rat-looking thing that roams these areas. So, you have coffee berries and you have little rat animals that like to eat them. And from THAT --- comes the Kopi Luwak coffee. Yep, you guessed it, the little rats eat the beans and then they "process" them, leaving their "deposits" in their wake. And people actually go around behind them, pick this (literal) crap up --- and process it into coffee! thank you. Seriously, NO THANK YOU.
How did this ever get started in the first place? Think about that for a moment, will you? And if that was an experiment that worked, what about all the others that must surely have been tried that didn't?

I'll stick to my Folgers.


welcome to my world of poetry said...

I have never heard of this coffee and at that price that many be the reason.
A most detailed post about the coffee but I think I will stick to my regular brand.


JY said...

foldgers is good. definitely.

Ruth said...

I wish I hadn't just eaten.
Would it be so hard to harvest the berries and grind it yourself or is digestion what gives it it's own special flavor?
Very informative.

Iron_Will said...

That might be where the phrase "shit eating grin" came from?? Just sayin :-))

Leann said...

Bucket List!!

Sue H said...

Well, if I didn't want to try this coffee because of the expense, I certainly don't want to now I know part of the 'production' process! eeeeeuuuw!

That little rat-like animal looks none too happy, either - maybe he's fed up of people chasing after him when he just wants to sit and have a nice quiet cr@p in private!

Just found you via the 'surprise me' button on the A-Z challenge - but I'll be back for more, as you sound as wacky as me! ;-)

SueH I refuse to go quietly!

Coffeypot said...

I have heard of this coffee, but I always wonder about the person who inveted it. Who was the one who set under a tree watching the little critter and though, "I am so thirsty that I am gonna make coffee out the the next thing that comes out of its ass."

Josie said...

Loved it Jamie, best laugh of the day! I agree, who came up with this idea, and where do we go from here? Scary thought. I'll stick to my tea, thank you... and please don't tell me anything gross about pre-digested tea leaves!! :-))