Stories tagged civet

Mar
22
2007

UPDATE - The original picture posted in this entry was not a civet, see the comments below for some updated information.
New coffee maker: The civet cats of southeast Asia are credited with being able to create the most expensive coffee beans in the world. It is said that tTey eat choice, ripe beans, partially digest them and then eliminate the remains. Workers than collect the beans from th
New coffee maker: The civet cats of southeast Asia are credited with being able to create the most expensive coffee beans in the world. It is said that tTey eat choice, ripe beans, partially digest them and then eliminate the remains. Workers than collect the beans from th

Do you have expensive tastes for coffee? How about buying beans that cost $150 a pound for your morning cup of Joe.

If you’re willing to pay that much for the beans, you might not want to know how they’re processed. The Civets in southeast Asia play an important part of the process.

The small cats eat the coffee beans, partly digest them and then, ahem, eliminate them with all of their other solid wastes. They have exquisite taste and eat only the finest, ripest coffee beans they can find.

Workers collect the partially digested beans, wash away the residual dung and process the remaining coffee beans for sale to the public. Asian coffee shops say that their customers find the uniquely processed coffee to be excellent.

Some skeptics think it’s just an urban legend and a high-profile hoax to crank up prices on those gullible enough to be willing to pay huge money for exotic coffee. But coffee marketers from the East insist it’s a legitmate, and safe, way to get coffee.

What do you think? Would you be willing to drink some civet pre-processed coffee?