The Most Expensive Coffee in the World Comes From Civet Poop, but That’s Not the Bad News
The pricey coffee is posing an unexpected problem to multiple species.
by Joanna M. Foster
You might think your $4.25 Starbucks Macchiato was on the expensive side—and you’d be absolutely right—but it’s nothing compared to Kopi Luwak, or civet coffee, which can go for as much as 30 bucks a cup.
The civet, a small Asian mammal that looks like a cross between a weasel and a raccoon, is not just a cute logo for the brand. Civet coffee is made from coffee beans found in civet excrement. The civet’s digestive enzymes ferment the beans, and after much rinsing, the beans extracted from the feces are said to make a dark, smooth, rich, smokey cup of Joe—or as one tasteless term goes, “crappuccino.”
Now, while there is no good reason why people shouldn’t be allowed to waste their perfectly good money on novelty weasel-poop coffee, the growing knowledge and prestige of Kopi Luwak as the most expensive coffee in the world is threatening the wild civet population in Asia…
(read more: http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/04/22/the-most-expensive-coffee-in-the-world-civet-problem?cmpid=tp-fb)
(photo: Praveenp | Wikimedia Commons)