Aussies Love Cat Poo Coffee

Posted on May 21, 2007

Reuters reports that Australians love a new imported coffee called Kopi Luwak. The coffee is also known as cat poo coffee because it made from cofee beans that have been excreted by will civet cats in Indonesia.

Cafe-crazy Australians in the last decade have embraced coffee in all its forms, but they've saved the most expensive -- and excremental -- for last.

Kopi Luwak, made in neighboring Indonesia from coffee beans excreted by native civet cats, is reputedly the world's rarest and most expensive coffee, painstakingly extracted by hand from the animals' forest droppings.

When roasted, the resulting beans sell for around $1,000 a kilogram ($450 a pound) and brew into a earthy, syrupy, coffee acknowledged by connoisseurs as one of the world's finest.

Despite the closeness of the coffee's home on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi, Australia's first civet cat brew has only just gone on sale in Queensland state, selling for A$50 a cup at the Heritage Tea Rooms, west of Townsville.

Those of you familiar with the deadly Sars outbreak will remember that the Sars outbreak was linked to civet cats. The coffee certainly doesn't sound very appetizing or safe but apparently it is both delicious and safe. The article says reactions to the coffee are 99% favorable. The coffee is expensive and costs $50 (Australian dollars) per cup.

Note: There are also reports that the civet creatures are kept in conditions that are not ideal.

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