Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Most Expensive Coffee & Poop

Oddly these are one and the same…..

OK they try and tell you it’s not REALLY poop. It comes out of cat-like animal’s butt. That makes it POOP to me. (I am not saying I won’t ever try it…and FYI…this is how the boat tours usually get cancelled.)

So, sometime ago this topic came up on CSI.. The most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak, comes from a civet. It looks like a ferrett/cat, so of course I have to check it out. Today I just was thinking about it again and decided to blog about it. Luck you!

Kopi Luwak racks up as the priciest coffee in the world. It sells for between $120 and $600 per pound “The Luwak, (kopi meaning coffee) which eats the coffee cherry and then passes the beans out. The Indonesians then collect the droppings and retrieve the coffee beans.” Courtesy of (in case you want to get some go here…they seem like good sports.)

Doesn’t that sound like poop to you? Looks like poop too….see. -------->

Wikipedia says “Further research by Dr. Massimo Marcone at the University of Guelph (CA) has shown that the digestive juices of the civet actually penetrate the beans and change the proteins, resulting in their unique flavor.”

OK.. That’s POOP.

Soooooooooooo, who decides to market this stuff…..? I guess when you think about it, it kinda makes sense compared to other things. Not like whoever decided to eat the next thing that came out of a chicken’s butt.. Boy did they get lucky!

I mean they already knew coffee was good, but really…..who decided it might be better after being pooped out by a ferrett/cat? Was that a response to someone imbibing something else grown in the forest? I would have to be drunk or stoned out of my mind to contemplate boiling up some cat poop and drinking whatever came to be…and still probably NOT happening.

The funniest part is how someone managed to get people to pay big money for it. It is a huge market. Some places offer it by the cup for between $50 and $100 depending on where you are shopping. I am in love with the person who came up with this marketing scheme. “ Let’s see if we can get people to pay big money for Sh*t coffee.” Yep. IN LOVE!

There are now civet farms to make this stuff. Of course there is some speculation on the quality because wild civets have a choice of which berries they eat and therefore pick the ripest juiciest ones while farm civets get what they are fed… So wild civet poop coffee might be better? (Did I just write those words together in a sentence?)

There is also Kopi Muncak which is coffee that comes from the “dung of several species of barking deer, or Muntjac, that are found throughout Southeast Asia.”


Ok the deer barks and then poops coffee…….(Again....did I just write those words together in a sentence?)

I am going to stick to wine for now. I might be unknowingly drinking some pressed bugs but …’s all in the knowing.


  1. O.K. Ginger, that's funny. I don't have to worry, I would never spend that much for coffee. So, I'll never have to worry about it.
    Interesting, though.
    I think I had heard about this before and sort of forgot. Little wonder.

  2. I knew you were somewhat sane :)