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OrganicLiveFood gang brings you Poop-Coffee. Really, no kidding, Poop-Coffee. Except, we don’t physically bring it to you but just inform you about it

Poop-coffee is sold in San Francisco and Bay area for $35 a cup! No, it’s not a joke. Yes, it is real. No, we are not kidding. It’s real. Really.

Luwak-civet-coffee-civet-farmsYou must have heard about it by now, but if you haven’t, you are going to have a laugh by the end of this article. Or you are going to cry, if your friends bought you some Kopi Luwak coffee as a present when they visited Asia.
First of all, everything in this article is actually true. Ahhh, we kind of wished it was not – specially caging animals. But, it is.

Yes. There is – such a thing as Poop-Coffee!

There is a coffee called Kopi Luwak in Indonesia or also known as civet coffee. Civet coffee refers to the beans of coffee berries once they have been eaten and egested (yes egested) by the Asian palm civet (civet is an animal that looks a lot like a rat that has a head like a cat). Really, I am not kidding. It’s true.

A civet eats a coffee berry and then poops it out. The civet bean farmers collect the feces and inside of it, is the coffee bean that they use to make ground coffee for export.  Civet coffee is very expensive and a huge contributor to bringing in foreign currency for exporting counties.

Long ago humans discovered that the enzymes in the civets’ tummies break down the coffee’s bitterness, leaving behind the coffee bean. Now farmers in Indonesia's Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi area, as well as farmers in the islands of the Philippines collect the poop, wash it lightly, roast it, ground it, and export it as the most expensive coffee in the world. It is served in the most expensive cities in the world: San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and others. Prices can range from $30 per cup of coffee (or $750 per pound of ground coffee) to $120 a cup for freshly flown in beans that were egested in the last few days.

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As humans do, when profit is to be made, the farmers initially collected the poop when civet coffee beans were picked from wild civet excrement found around the jungle:

But this wasn’t good enough for human beings so the farmers decides to get these poor animals in “civet farms” which are battered cages where they are forced fed all kinds and qualities of coffee berries in order to increase profitability.

Latest studies conducted throughout Southeast Asia have suggested that the civets in captivity are no longer simply passing the bean removing the bitterness of the coffee beans through the enzymes in the civets’ tummies. Instead, they are adding a horrid smell to the coffee beans and the taste.

I would guess the civets are trying to send a coded message to humans: you make my life poop, I make sure my tummy enzymes add a poop-musky smell to your coffee:

Only human beings are capable of such horrors. These poor animals have to spend the rest of their live in captivity and if they refuse to over eat coffee berries, they are not given any water, unless they eat more food. Despite all this, I am still trying to understand what the first person who decided to drink this coffee was actually thinking, without yet knowing if the coffee tasted nice or not.

 

 

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