For all you coffee snobs out there here is something new to try. Why not give coffee made from beans excreted from the excrement of wild Civet cats a try? As the lady in the video says. Everyone originally thought they were crazy. But now it seems many others agree that this process makes some fine tasting coffee. I won't even be slightly tempted to find out. Do to the fact that I've never found coffee enjoyable. This isn't the first time I've read something like this. I either read or was watching a show on tv where a similar process was in use for some other food product. You can watch the video here to make up your own mind if Civet cat poo coffee will be on your menu soon.
Coffee Alamid is Philippine civet coffee that comes only from the sweetest coffee cherries of the Philippine forests. The palm civets that naturally propagate the sugar palm trees are also the same civets that choose and eat these ripe cherries. The beans are then fermented in the digestive system of the civets, then excreted as whole beans. The coffee farmers pick these civet droppings during coffee season.
Kopi luwak or Civet coffee are coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Common Palm Civet. The animals gorge on the ripe berries, and the undigested beans are excreted. This process takes place on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, in the Philippines (where the product is called Kape Alamid), in the country of Vietnam, and the coffee estates of south India.
Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world selling at $75 USD per quarter pound, and is sold mainly in Japan and United States, but it is increasingly becoming available elsewhere, though supplies are limited.
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