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Elephants Digest Beans for Pricey Coffee
UPI ^ | Dec. 7, 2012

Posted on 12/07/2012 9:06:41 PM PST by nickcarraway

A Canadian entrepreneur said his $500-per-pound coffee is made by plucking the beans from the dung of a herd of elephants in Thailand.

Blake Dinkin, 42, proprietor of Black Ivory Coffee, said the beans are fed to elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation then later plucked from their dung, Sky News reported Friday.

"When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness," Dinkin said. "You end up with a cup that's very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee."

John Roberts, director of elephants at the foundation, said the coffee does not harm the animals.

"As far as we can tell there is definitely no harm to the elephants," he said.

The foundation receives 8 percent of the profits from sales of the coffee, which goes toward healthcare for the elephants.


TOPICS: Food; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: canada; coffee; elephants

1 posted on 12/07/2012 9:06:47 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

This is the single most stupid thing I have read in my entire life.


2 posted on 12/07/2012 9:10:30 PM PST by Zauber
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To: Zauber

More stupid than Marxism?


3 posted on 12/07/2012 9:15:21 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Mayhap I can donate my body ... feed me raw coffee beans, dig them out of my feces and give me a cut of the profits. Easy money.


4 posted on 12/07/2012 9:24:09 PM PST by doc1019
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To: doc1019

Great. Now I regret posting this...


5 posted on 12/07/2012 9:37:40 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Zauber
Civet processed coffee has been around, and expensive, for years.

I've passed on the opportunity to try it, but after watching the civets carefully pick the beans, I'm sure they are on to something.

I would expect elephants are eating the coffee beans, bushes, leaves, and Abdul on a pretty wholesale level.

/johnny

6 posted on 12/07/2012 9:39:00 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway
"Great. Now I regret posting this..."

Good post! It convinced me to stick with the "bitterness."

7 posted on 12/07/2012 9:39:44 PM PST by davisfh
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To: doc1019
Actually.... they eat the berries. The beans themselves are inside the berries.

My limited understanding is that unless you are an herbivore with a gut set up for it... digesting the berries can be... somewhat distressing. Not only to you, but those around you.

/johnny

8 posted on 12/07/2012 9:43:13 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

So much for my dreams. Thanks for bursting my bubble. May your morning coffee be from a giraffe. ;-)


9 posted on 12/07/2012 9:58:38 PM PST by doc1019
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To: nickcarraway

Mmmmmmmm smooth with just a hint of earthy-ness.


10 posted on 12/07/2012 10:02:19 PM PST by Casie (Chuck Norris 2016)
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To: doc1019
My morning coffee will be un-digested Costa Rican Tres Rios La Magnolia.

Home roasted and ground.

For less than $6 a pound. ;)

/johnny

11 posted on 12/07/2012 10:02:56 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

Over the years I have regretted posting many things, I got over them. However, your post is not something to regret, I find it novel, uplifting and funny ... doesn’t happen often in FR.

Loved the Article.


12 posted on 12/07/2012 10:04:04 PM PST by doc1019
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To: doc1019; nickcarraway
It's not a wombat thread, but it's a good thread.

/johnny

13 posted on 12/07/2012 10:05:30 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I get my coffee wholesale, the cheapest crap I can buy. Load it down with artificial cow and I’m good to go. I’m after the caffeine hit not the taste. Thats just me.


14 posted on 12/07/2012 10:11:09 PM PST by doc1019
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To: nickcarraway
I bet it tastes like shh...

Wonder what a bunch of mice would do to elephants on too much caffeine.

Marketing campaign could be an industrious little dung beetle prospering on the wonderful caffeinated product that drops from above.

Mmmmm, yummy.

I thought it was interesting, thanks for posting.

15 posted on 12/07/2012 10:13:33 PM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: nickcarraway

So what do they call it? S**tbucks?


16 posted on 12/07/2012 10:13:45 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: eldoradude
I bet it tastes like shh...aving cream/be nice and clean/shave every day/and you'll always look keen.
17 posted on 12/07/2012 10:15:58 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.moviesoundclips.net/download.php?id=2854&ft=wav


18 posted on 12/07/2012 10:19:45 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: WKUHilltopper
I laughed hard enough the neighbor's front porch light came on, and my catz did the lifeboat drill.

/johnny

19 posted on 12/07/2012 10:22:52 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

*yikes* and people raz me about drinking eight o’clock bean.


20 posted on 12/07/2012 10:25:12 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: nickcarraway

A fine illustration of “The Invisible Hand” of the free marketplace maximizing the total welfare of all concerned (as defined for himself by each participant, which is the essence of the principle and precisely how free markets also maximize liberty).

Thanks!

although I still can’t stop laughing at the customers, HA!


21 posted on 12/07/2012 10:25:28 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: JRandomFreeper

S**tbucks, now corn and peanut free!

Try our new ‘Bung-hole’ roast. Good to the last pinch!


22 posted on 12/07/2012 10:26:25 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: doc1019
That means I get to die with a supercilious smirk because of my advanced taste in coffee, and your children get something left in the estate besides bills from Rosa in Costa Rica for 'entertainment'... ;)

/johnny

23 posted on 12/07/2012 10:27:20 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

lol!


24 posted on 12/07/2012 10:27:41 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: JRandomFreeper

LOL!


25 posted on 12/07/2012 10:31:02 PM PST by doc1019
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To: WKUHilltopper
STOP IT! Someone's going to call the cops, or I'm going to have cardiac arrest.

I'm not seeing my catz for a week at this point. I think they are under the house.

Laughing that hard has to be some kind of aerobic workout.

Wipes eyes... peanuts, corn... LOL!

/johnny

26 posted on 12/07/2012 10:31:28 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I blame my blood sugar!


27 posted on 12/07/2012 10:36:44 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: faithhopecharity
There's about 7*10e9 people on planet dirt, if one is a million is completely crazy, you got a small but lucrative market.

/johnny

28 posted on 12/07/2012 10:36:56 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway
The American voters proved they are stupid on November sixth.

Now we have a Canuck determined to prove they'll eat ....?

29 posted on 12/07/2012 10:51:32 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

yes, but it is a whole lot larger market than that, just look at the last election!

(also, many of those folks will undoubtably purchase this fine new product using their Obama Foodstamps)


30 posted on 12/07/2012 10:58:32 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: JRandomFreeper

There is irony in this.
Could it be that Mr Dinkins was backed by a successful venture capitalist who belongs to a religion that abstains from coffee. Who is known for practical jokes And who’s political party uses the elephant as it’s symbol.


31 posted on 12/07/2012 11:00:33 PM PST by fudimo
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To: JRandomFreeper; Darksheare; humblegunner; Eaker; TheOldLady; Salamander
Pinging some folks who just might be interested in a "gourmet" cup.

(Sal - I know you don't drink the stuff. Just thought you'd enjoy the subject matter.)

I hear "The Bieb" is introducing his new line of Bieber Beans.....



(Pictured here while "processing" his new product.)

32 posted on 12/07/2012 11:04:39 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: nickcarraway

Elephant pooped coffee beans.....ahhhh, no thanks. [Shudder]


33 posted on 12/07/2012 11:53:55 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: doc1019

Hey, especially if they are chocolate covered coffee beans...oh wait...pre or post roasted?


34 posted on 12/07/2012 11:56:40 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: shibumi
I blame the French.:)


35 posted on 12/08/2012 12:55:02 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: nickcarraway

We’re this crazy already? Drinking elephant $#!+? We deserve NO blessings.


36 posted on 12/08/2012 7:01:31 AM PST by abclily
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To: shibumi; JRandomFreeper; Darksheare; humblegunner; Eaker; Salamander

But I like bitter coffee. Tried some of that Hannity mild stuff and threw it away after the first pot.

Strong and bitter. Just like me.


37 posted on 12/08/2012 11:36:52 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady; shibumi; JRandomFreeper; null and void; humblegunner; Eaker; Salamander

You mean, there is a substance out there that has the power to make my coffee... worse?


38 posted on 12/08/2012 12:02:31 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare

You mean, besides Starbucks burn beans?


39 posted on 12/08/2012 12:41:06 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void

Yes.
Someone has discovered a way.


40 posted on 12/08/2012 12:44:49 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare; null and void

That’s it, Darks. You have precipitated the Zombie Apocalypse.


41 posted on 12/08/2012 6:28:16 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady; null and void
So who wins the argument over the coming zombocalypse?

42 posted on 12/09/2012 12:25:44 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare; null and void

Who knows? We’re still arguing.


43 posted on 12/10/2012 3:00:21 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady; Darksheare

WE ARE NOT ARGUING!


44 posted on 12/10/2012 8:01:39 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void; Darksheare

WHAT? ARE YOU SURE????

Oh wait. That was an argument on another thread about another issue with somebody else, that dang so-and-so.

You know I love you, Nully, and we never argue. Sorrrreeee!!


45 posted on 12/10/2012 9:08:45 AM PST by TheOldLady
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