Over at the Huffington Post, there’s a story about a taste test of civet-poop coffee. Civets eat coffee beans, but digest them only imperfectly:
It comes from a bean that’s been swallowed and partially digested by a civet, a mammal native to parts of Asia and Africa that looks a bit like a cat but is more closely related to the mongoose.
The civet has a reputation for climbing trees to eat the best, hardest to reach coffee berries. At some magical, undocumented point in history, a truly disturbed person picked out the partially digested beans from the animal’s poo, and found that it was fermented to perfection in the varmint’s alimentary canal.
Now, farmers are harvesting these beans for big bucks. And, of course, we use the word “harvesting” to be polite.
But is it worth $55 or more for roughly two servings? Editors at The Huffington Post tested Doi Chaang Coffee Company’s civet coffee, and pitted it against Starbucks and 7-Eleven to see which hot drink is the crappiest (video above).
Taste-testers at the Huffington Post found the coffee delicious.
Would you try it?
I’ll say yes, I would. How about you?