Craving the world’s most expensive coffee? Just roast up a certain Asian palm civet’s fresh faeces. No big deal.
Today on the list of things you don’t really need to know, but can be pretty cool to know, we’ll talk about poop coffee, or Kopi Luwak as it’s called. It’s the world’s most expensive coffee, and it comes straight out of a wild cat’s arse. I couldn’t have said that with any more delicacy.
Let’s get into some fun facts about Kopi Luwak and what makes it the costliest coffee in the world.
The essence of the worth of this coffee lies in its unconventional production method. Mainly in Southeast Asia, especially Sumatra, this coffee is golden. A certain civet cat also called Luwaks in Indonesia, love to feed on the tastiest coffee cherries from the Coffea plant. After 24 hours, the cat excretes the partly digested coffee beans that go through some special kind of fermentation that gives the coffee it’s distinct flavour. It ends up looking something like this.
So, the faeces are then washed, dried, peeled, pounded and then roasted to make the most expensive cups of coffee in the world. They’re sold on an average of $100 to $600 for 500gm of product. Yes, let that sink in. Average coffee is sold on an average of $3 to $10 for 500gms of product.
I mean look at this little guy, do you think he’s aware of the magic he effortlessly creates? He’s so adorably oblivious to the worth of his poop. Nothing in his life changes, but for us, the next time we see a normal street cat, we might just end up thinking,
“One of your distant relatives is shitting out the world’s best and priciest coffee!”
By Anumon Banerjee