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World's most expensive coffee is processed through a cat (Yes, you read that correctly)
KOMO / KATU ^ | April 21, 2012 | Kerry Tomlinson

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, can’t digest the fruit’s 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 that’s been through the body of a cat taste like? Well, it’s 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 man’s drink to a rich man’s brew.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cats; civet; civets; coffee; kitteh; portland
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There is also a video report available at the KOMO site.

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Yes, you can buy this coffee over the internet ...  $25.. for a "sachet" that is said to make 2 four-ounce cups.

Specialty Coffee Products - Archive - Valbemar

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Civet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

"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."

 

 

 

 

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Extreme Coffee -- Sumatra - YouTube

 

"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. "

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

1 posted on 04/21/2012 8:22:44 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; HungarianGypsy; SunkenCiv
Wikipedia says that referring to this animal as a "civet cat" is an imprecise term, so any Kitteh Pinglist Owners in the vicinity are hereby advised.

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.

Thank you for your attention.

 

2 posted on 04/21/2012 8:23:57 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat
"Cappuccino or regular this morning Captain?"


3 posted on 04/21/2012 8:27:57 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Stoat
"Tastes like s**t."

"It is."

4 posted on 04/21/2012 8:28:58 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Stoat

I just had to post to say LOVE your tagline.

Also cute kitteh, or civet or mr. coffee or whatever it is!


5 posted on 04/21/2012 8:30:36 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Lazlo in PA

“Nutty, with a hint of Ex-Lax.”


6 posted on 04/21/2012 8:30:39 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Stoat


"Oh yeah..we can sell this sh*t...there's one born every minute !"
7 posted on 04/21/2012 8:33:48 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Stoat
"Three hundred years ago Dutch colonizers banned the Indonesians from drinking coffee. But the Indonesians found these beans and used them as a substitute."

I'd always wondered how this "recipe" was discovered.

8 posted on 04/21/2012 8:34:51 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Stoat

So, if one gets too snooty to drink burned coffee with other coffee snobs, they can upgrade to cat feces?


9 posted on 04/21/2012 8:35:09 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Stoat
wonder what PETA has to say about these poor creatures caged and made to eat coffee beans till they die???
10 posted on 04/21/2012 8:37:14 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Tainan

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.


11 posted on 04/21/2012 8:38:53 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Stoat

Me thinks I will stick with regular coffee,thank you.


12 posted on 04/21/2012 8:39:26 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I’ll second that.


13 posted on 04/21/2012 8:41:05 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Stoat

if this coffee tastes so dam good you would think someone would mimic the ‘process’?

And acid bath and warm fermentation...


14 posted on 04/21/2012 8:41:33 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Eric Holder is excreting coffee beans?


15 posted on 04/21/2012 8:42:22 PM PDT by KJC1 (Go Newt!)
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To: PAR35

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.


16 posted on 04/21/2012 8:42:40 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Chode

17 posted on 04/21/2012 8:43:46 PM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: Chode
wonder what PETA has to say about these poor creatures caged and made to eat coffee beans till they die??? 

 

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.

18 posted on 04/21/2012 8:45:03 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: jocon307

Thank you so much for your exceptionally gracious compliment, sincerely appreciated :-)


19 posted on 04/21/2012 8:47:06 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat
It's not that great. I've had it. I certainly wouldn't pay for it at that price.

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.

/johnny

20 posted on 04/21/2012 8:48:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Army Air Corps

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.


21 posted on 04/21/2012 8:50:34 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Chode

In this case I think I’d say about the same thing.


22 posted on 04/21/2012 8:50:34 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
I love coffee and I am known to be somewhat adventurous with food, but I am not keen on consuming something that was picked out of an animal's dung.
23 posted on 04/21/2012 8:55:43 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

This featured in that Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman movie about death, some years back...


24 posted on 04/21/2012 8:56:28 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Study closely socialist Hugo Chavez' usage of 'popular masses' in the streets to thwart 1992 coup)
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To: JRandomFreeper
It's not that great.

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.

25 posted on 04/21/2012 8:56:53 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Mr. K
if this coffee tastes so dam good you would think someone would mimic the ‘process’?

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  ;-)

26 posted on 04/21/2012 9:00:30 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: PAR35
So, if one gets too snooty to drink burned coffee with other coffee snobs, they can upgrade to cat feces?

 

I'm guessing that the typical Civet would be a lot more fun to spend time with than the generic facially-pierced Starbucks barista  :-)

27 posted on 04/21/2012 9:04:00 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

I would never give coffee to a cat. Poor thing might only sleep 20 hours a day.


28 posted on 04/21/2012 9:04:57 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Army Air Corps

“America Runs on Dunkin’”


29 posted on 04/21/2012 9:20:34 PM PDT by Former War Criminal (Who am I? Why am I here?)
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To: Stoat
I've dealt with that crowd. And I've cooked for them. And overcharged them horribly.

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. ;)

/johnny

30 posted on 04/21/2012 9:24:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Slings and Arrows
LOL! Beer on the keyboard through the nose.

/johnny

31 posted on 04/21/2012 9:25:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: windcliff; onedoug

Ping


32 posted on 04/21/2012 9:26:16 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I would never give coffee to a cat. Poor thing might only sleep 20 hours a day.

Indeed, and it might develop an interest in interest in a punk band named "Civet"

Civet - -You Get What You Pay For- --Official Video-- - YouTube

 


33 posted on 04/21/2012 9:36:10 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat
Three hundred years ago Dutch colonizers banned the Indonesians from drinking coffee.

Ok that is just mean!

34 posted on 04/21/2012 9:37:32 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (In most cases, revenge is not a good thing. In other cases, it's the only thing.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

...............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!


35 posted on 04/21/2012 9:45:12 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Stoat

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.


36 posted on 04/21/2012 9:48:08 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: RightOnline

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@&$!


37 posted on 04/21/2012 9:48:16 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Costa Rican is quite good - somewhat similar to the Guatemalan that I really love. Community Coffee actually has a pretty good Guatemalan available.


38 posted on 04/21/2012 9:49:02 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Stoat

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.


39 posted on 04/21/2012 9:53:28 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: RightOnline

Reminds you of a certain recent South Park episode? Stan becomes a cynical a$$hole?


40 posted on 04/21/2012 9:54:27 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Stoat

The band should be more appropriately named “Women With Electric Penises”.


41 posted on 04/21/2012 9:57:09 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: TheBattman

I’ll second that (re; the Community Coffee).


42 posted on 04/21/2012 9:57:40 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Stoat

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.


43 posted on 04/21/2012 9:58:00 PM PDT by PotatoHeadMick
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To: Stoat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikNzIdVBqLk

Ignore the flickering. It’s worth it.


44 posted on 04/21/2012 10:08:18 PM PDT by ROTB (FReepmail me if you want to join a team seeking the LORD for a Christian revival now in the USA.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Little so-and-sos have it made.


45 posted on 04/21/2012 10:12:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Stoat

Wow, they have an actual PO’ed cat as a lead singer!


46 posted on 04/21/2012 10:14:16 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
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.

Or alcohol, since it is yeast poop.
47 posted on 04/21/2012 10:15:23 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Stoat

I salute the brave soul that first thought of this.


48 posted on 04/21/2012 10:21:16 PM PDT by ROTB (FReepmail me if you want to join a team seeking the LORD for a Christian revival now in the USA.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Wow, they have an actual PO’ed cat as a lead singer!

 

;-)  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".

Awkward  ;-)

49 posted on 04/21/2012 10:36:46 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: ROTB
I salute the brave soul that first thought of this.

Apparently it required a deep, burning and passionate hatred of the Dutch  ;-)

50 posted on 04/21/2012 10:38:51 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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