The world's most expensive coffee is made out of cat poop.
Would you drink something that is made out of cat poop? Do you think it could taste good? There is a coffee from the excrements of a cat and many coffee drinkers say it actually tastes delicious, and they pay up to $80 per cup for it. Cat Poop Coffee or Kopi Luwak is the rarest, most expensive coffee in the world.
Kopi Luwak, are coffee berries from Indonesia, which have been eaten and excreted by a cat called the Asian Palm Civet. In other words, the cat eats the berries from a coffee tree, then poops them out. Indonesian farmers then collect the poop and pick the coffee beans from it.
In the early 1700’s, the coffee was found by Indonesian farmers when they were working on Dutch coffee plantations. The Indonesians natives weren’t allowed to pick the coffee berries for themselves, so they started collecting them from the cat droppings. They would then roast and brew the beans for themselves. The civet coffee became so popular that even the Dutch started drinking it. The high demand, low availability, and time-consuming process made this coffee very expensive.
Why do the coffee berries taste better after being pooped out?
After the cat has eaten the berries, certain enzymes are added to the beans, which make it rich in amino acids and lower the bitterness of the coffee. During this digestive process, the beans are transformed into Kopi Luwak. Since every cat’s digestive system is different, no two cups of coffee will taste the same.
Protect the civets
Nowadays, to prevent the civets from being held in captivity for the production of the coffee, shop owners and buyers are encouraged to demand only wild sourced, cage-free civet coffee.
Eloise Kruger (Whyzz writer)