Regurgitated Weasel Coffee (Kopi Luwak) From The Sumatran Civet Cat
Poop goes the weasel! Or technically, the Sumatran Civet Cat, which is the creature responsible for this most unusual brew of coffee. Among Sumatrans, this blend is highly prized, not only for its flavor but its rarity. Given the pains that must be taken to collect the beans, it's little wonder that only 500 kilos, or about 1100 pounds, are gathered a year.
Civet Cats eat the cherries grown in Sumatran coffee plantations, and eventually the pits go through their digestive systems. At that point, workers sift through the droppings left by the cats to find the digested beans. Mm-mmm, sounds yummy, right?
But the truth of the matter is that as unappetizing as the process may sound, the result is a gourmet coffee that is thoroughly sterilized and boasts a rich, chocolate taste. The coffee comes in packs of 57 grams, or 2 ounces, and the packaging shows the Civet Cat in the act of producing these beans - though you might have to explain that to whoever the lucky recipient of this is. Then again, maybe he wouldn't want to know!