Skip to comments.World's most expensive coffee is processed through a cat (Yes, you read that correctly)
Posted on 04/21/2012 8:22:39 PM PDT by Stoat
PORTLAND, Ore. - This coffee can cost as much as $700 a pound and $80 a cup, and it is processed through the digestive system of a cat.
It's said to be the most expensive coffee in the world and it was served up Friday at the International Coffee Expo in Northeast Portland.
An Indonesian company brews it here as it is done in cafes in Jakarta.
"It is very delicious, very smooth and so luxurious," said Valerie Sindal, director of sales and marketing for ValBeMar Specialty Coffee.
Coffee cherries are eaten by Civet cats, processed through their digestive system, and the beans are harvested on the other side. According to ValBeMar's website, the Civets, found in the islands of Java and Sumatra, cant digest the fruits inner beans and they are excreted whole.
The beans are collected from the cat droppings, cleaned and roasted just like any other coffee bean. But the fermentation process while inside the stomach of the cat is the key to its exquisite taste, according to the company.
"If I could drink it every day, I would," Sindal said.
What does the most expensive coffee in the world thats been through the body of a cat taste like? Well, its unique, but balanced and smooth.
The coffee has a rich history. Three hundred years ago Dutch colonizers banned the Indonesians from drinking coffee. But the Indonesians found these beans and used them as a substitute. The coffee has gone from a poor mans drink to a rich mans brew.
Yes, you can buy this coffee over the internet ... $25.. for a "sachet" that is said to make 2 four-ounce cups.
"The term civet applies to over a dozen different mammal species. Most of the species diversity is found in southeast Asia. The most well-known civet species is the African Civet, Civettictis civetta, which historically has been the main species from which was obtained a musky scent used in perfumery. The word civet may also refer to the distinctive musky scent produced by the animals."
"It's the most exotic, rare and expensive coffee in the world. Kopi Luwack which comes from the dung of the Common Palm Civet or Luwack is so rare some believe it doesn't exist.
Much of the coffee which can sell for more than $50 dollars a cup in New York, Hong Kong or Tokyo has been cut or is simply fake.
The ABC's foreign affairs editor Peter Cave is a coffee lover who has been seeking the real thing for many years, so he headed to the mountains of Sumatra to track down the exotic brew and sample it with the farmers who collect the civet dropping from the forest floor and who are experimenting with taming and domesticating the increasingly endangered Luwak. "
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The word "cat" was included in the title only because that's what was used in the original article.
That being said, I have no information as to any experimentation that may or may not have taken place involving coffee beans and domesticated house cats.
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I just had to post to say LOVE your tagline.
Also cute kitteh, or civet or mr. coffee or whatever it is!
“Nutty, with a hint of Ex-Lax.”
I'd always wondered how this "recipe" was discovered.
So, if one gets too snooty to drink burned coffee with other coffee snobs, they can upgrade to cat feces?
I understand even the red coffee berry pulp contains caffeine.
That civet cat looks pretty caffeinated to me. Look at those big eyes. Wide open.
Me thinks I will stick with regular coffee,thank you.
I’ll second that.
if this coffee tastes so dam good you would think someone would mimic the ‘process’?
And acid bath and warm fermentation...
Eric Holder is excreting coffee beans?
In the mid 70’s I was traveling Indonesia and would fly out of the domestic airport in Jakarta. After you checked in and went thru security you were in the holding area and there was only one concession..a coffee vendor. It was really great coffee and tasted really good after traveling across town at 4 AM to check in for the first flight. Turns out that the Indonesian’s I was traveling with were aware that this vendor served this special Sumatran coffee..which wasn’t expensive then. It was great. Oldexpats get to tell olde war stories.
The 'harvesting' of this coffee is done by brown-skinned people.
For the Left, nonwhite people cannot be criticized in any way. That is "racism".
PETA's silence will undoubtedly be deafening, despite this Coffee Expo occurring in hard-Left Portland.
Thank you so much for your exceptionally gracious compliment, sincerely appreciated :-)
Now for quality coffees, you have to go to Jamacian Blue Mountain and Kona.
But for day-to-day, I'll stick with my Tres Rios Costa Rican that I roast myself. Best value for high-quality coffee, in my humble opinion. Back when I had real money, I mixed it 75:25 with Kona.
I can just see one of those spit-takes when someone has that coffee in their mouth and another person told them where it came from.
I’m not that big on coffee,anyway. It gives me heartburn.
In this case I think I’d say about the same thing.
This featured in that Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman movie about death, some years back...
I imagine that this is mainly about marketing and the power of suggestion, with a target audience of people who have more money than sense and who want to be able to have something 'exotic' to talk about at cocktail parties.
And acid bath and warm fermentation...
I think that the US Patent Office would be delighted to issue a patent for a Civet Digestive Replicator ;-)
I'm guessing that the typical Civet would be a lot more fun to spend time with than the generic facially-pierced Starbucks barista :-)
I would never give coffee to a cat. Poor thing might only sleep 20 hours a day.
“America Runs on Dunkin’”
You are absolutely correct.
I can import my Tres Rios and roast it myself for less than I can buy Folgers. Of course, I have contacts, and I know what time of year to buy coffee to get the best price and best quality. It's good to be the cook. ;)
Indeed, and it might develop an interest in interest in a punk band named "Civet"
Ok that is just mean!
...............This featured in that Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman movie about death, some years back...............
The Bucket List! Great flick, but then all movies with Morgan Freeman are great!
Anyone can make a fantastic cup of coffee out of a regular supermarket blend of whatever you like.
Get an Aerobie coffee maker for 25 bucks - amazon has them now for free shipping. Follow the directions. The key is getting the water to around 180 degrees. Not too hot to activate the tannens in the coffee and make it bitter. The coffee turns out great.
Beat me to it... first thing that came to mindafter reading the title. Just imagine how this “delicacy” was discovered. Just try and imagine the thought process and conversation that took place to come up with this bright idea and the discussions which took place as to what to say when MARKETING this S@&$!
Costa Rican is quite good - somewhat similar to the Guatemalan that I really love. Community Coffee actually has a pretty good Guatemalan available.
I would think that people having a heightened interest in things coming out of anuses, fecal fetishes, of just have otherwise boring lives and having nothing else interesting to say, may gravitate towards a coffee like this.
Fill in the blank as to who you think fit those groups.
Reminds you of a certain recent South Park episode? Stan becomes a cynical a$$hole?
The band should be more appropriately named “Women With Electric Penises”.
I’ll second that (re; the Community Coffee).
One night I heard some rustling in the undergrowth of my garden in Jakarta so went to get my little rat trap to catch the beggar. I went out with it and quietly approached the bush from which the noise was coming.
Do you remember the scene in Jaws when the police chief is throwing out chum to attract the shark and the Great White appears? The Chief backs off shakily, slack jawed and says “I think we need a bigger boat”.
That was me when the civet cat came sniffling out at me from the hedge. I’d never seen one before and to confront one at ten pm at night face to face came as a bit of a shock.
When I had calmed down after a stiff drink my wife explained I hadn’t encountered Ratzilla but a “mussang”, which a bit of research confirmed was a civet cat. He became quite a feature of the garden, walking along the wall at night before climbing on to the mango tree to eat the fruit.
I contemplated catching him to feed him coffee beans to sell to dumb people at a hundred bucks a pound but thought better of it.
Ignore the flickering. It’s worth it.
Little so-and-sos have it made.
Wow, they have an actual PO’ed cat as a lead singer!
I salute the brave soul that first thought of this.
;-) I'm reminded of the James Bond movie where he complains about the awful singer on stage "strangling a cat" and the Russian mobster says "that's my girlfriend".
Apparently it required a deep, burning and passionate hatred of the Dutch ;-)