I’ve become a bit of a coffee snob lately. My wife finds it to be really annoying. One of my co-workers showed up one day with a French Press. The coffee tasted way better out of there than the crappy company coffee stand in for our afternoon wakeup call. From there, we researched how to make the perfect cup (way more involved with a French Press but we think we have it down! haha). Then, the conversation turned to the coffee we buy. Store brand…Green Mountain…Starbucks, then…what’s better than that? Well, we delved into the most expensive coffee on earth.
As hard as it is to imagine, for coffee-lovers with a discerning palette, there’s a specialty coffee that consists of coffee beans initially eaten by the Asian Palm Civet of Sumatra and Java, which then passes through its digestive tract. Once in there, apparently, the enzymes make it taste just awesome. The beans are pooped out, gathered, dried in the sun and then roasted/brewed for the high income market. According to wikipedia, it goes for around $100-$600/pound.
This one goes in the annals of “who the heck figured this out?” and how much animal crap elsewhere in the world did people taste that didn’t go over so well? For the answer, the history goes back to the 18th century when the Dutch settled Java and Sumatra. The Dutch had prohibited native farmers from picking from the crops for themselves (greedy bastards). So, the natives, being curious, figured out that the native civets were eating coffee beans and pooping them out undigested. They thought it tasted great! The Dutch overlords eventually caught on and it became a delicacy even back then since it relied on civets which were in limited supply.
Where Can I Get Some!?
Apparently, most customers are Asian. There are reports now of coffee shops sprouting up in London, Milan and the US where it goes by the cup around $80. Hmm, I dunno, maybe once in my life to say I tried the best coffee on earth? I might spring for the $80 if I knew it was the real thing.
How About You? Would You Try It?