What is the fixation among coffee drinkers for consuming brews whose beans have passed through the digestive tract of one animal or another?
Kopi Luwak, an Indonesian coffee whose flavour is enhanced after being eaten, and later defecated, by a cat like creature called a civet, was popular in Sydney a couple of years ago. If cat coffee isn’t your thing though, perhaps you’d care to sample “black ivory”, a bean that is… fermented by way of an elephant’s intestines:
Just 200 kilograms of elephant dung coffee are produced every year, as it takes 33 kilograms of coffee berries to yield just 1 kilogram of the coveted stuff. The final product supposedly has aromas of dark, nutty chocolate and tastes of cherry and tobacco.