Coffee beans being digested by animals.
After writing about the coffee beans being digested by animals I did a little research and found it very interesting. Here’s my findings.
The World’s Most Expensive Coffee is From Beans Cycled Through an Indonesian Monkey’s Digestive System
Summary of eRumor:
Kopi Luwak is a rare and gourmet coffee from Indonesia that is made from beans passed through the digestive system of monkeys.
Kopi Luwak does exist, is very expensive, and is made from coffee beans passed through the digestive system of an Indonesian animal, but it’s more like a cat than a monkey. According to a feature article by the Manila Coffee House, which sells the stuff, the people who harvest the digested beans don’t really have to pick through cat litter to get it. The animal processes the beans and excretes them whole, unscratched, and without dung.
The animal is a palm civet, a dark brown tree-dwelling cat-like creature found throughout Southeast Asia. The scientific name is paradoxurus hermaphroditus.
According to the Manila Coffee House, the palm civet just happens to like to ingest the ripest and reddest coffee beans, which also happen to be the ones best for brewing. The cat eats the outer covering of the beans in the same way that is accomplished by de-pulping machines. Something happens to the beans in the journey through the cat’s intestines that gives it a flavor that is celebrated by coffee drinkers.
At this point, most of the beans are purchased by Japanese buyers.
As a direct consequence of this, these animals are kept in cages treated poorly live in appalling conditions and fed coffee beans not necessarily the ripe ones they would normally eat. For more interesting information click this link and this one.