Saturday, March 26, 2011

World's Most Expensive Coffee...

The Most Expensive Coffee Made of Poop....
An Animal That Poops Gourmet Coffee...

Yes, it's true -- this mammal, native to Africa and Asia, is responsible for pooping out the world's most expensive coffee, called Kopi Luwak. Civets are fed coffee cherries, and during digestion the animal's enzymes mix with the coffee beans before they, ahem, pass through, giving the beans a unique, bitter taste. See how it all happens...

The Cherries Are Chosen, A farmer in East Java, Indonesia, picks coffee cherries to feed the civets.

A Whole Team at Work: Hand-Picking the Cherries

The Civet Approaches.. .

...Gets Ready to Dig In...

...And Is Joined by Friends for Dinner

Gathering the Dung With Gloves... In East Java, workers use gloves to clear the results of the feast.

That Ain't Peanuts and Nougat. Civet poop before it's turned into the coffee.

Separating It and Washing It Off

Another Step in Production

A worker displays the distinct, cleaned-off beans.

The Very Expensive End Result

Coffee Alamid, one Philippine brand. Because a very limited supply is produced each year, civit coffee can cost up to $600 per pound.

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