I can’t start my day without a proper cup of coffee, and this is my daily routine; I have to have a cup of espresso followed by iced coffee. This is how I start every single of my day, and I have to have this much caffeine to have a good day and go to the office. I need my coffee to be social, and I can’t function without it. But let’s be honest, there are some strange and weird coffees on the market; some sound really tastes, and others are weird and not appetizing at all (cat poop coffee, just the name itself puts you off). So, without further ado, let’s learn more about some of the strangest coffees around the globe.
1. Kopi Luwak (Indonesia)
This is famously known as the cat poop coffee, and it is the excrement of the palm civet; it is a type of wild cat. I got this as a gag gift a few years bag, and I was a bit afraid to try it at first, but one day I was out of my favorite coffee and only had Kopi Luwak at home and decided to taste it. Strangely enough, it is so good, and it tastes earthy and isn’t bitter at all. I would totally recommend it to anyone who can get over the poop part, even though it is entirely safe to drink. A pound of Kopi Luwak costs around $400, is expensive and is locally sourced. The palm civet eats ripe arabica coffee cherries, and they digest the berries partially and poop them out. Farmers then handpick the feces of the wild cars, and they are cleaned thoroughly and are safe for consumption. Choose the right brand of Koiu Luwak because some farmers have come under fire recently for abusing animal rights.
2. Monkey Coffee (India)
This one is technically not an animal poop coffee; the monkey doesn’t digest the beans, and calling it monkey poop coffee is a misnomer. They originate from Chikmagalur from India and come from the Rhesus monkey, and a pound of this specific coffee cost around 300 dollars, and it tastes like chocolate, citrus and vanilla. The Rhesus monkeys chew on coffee cherries and then spit them out, leaving their teeth marks and saliva on them. The enzyme in the monkey’s saliva breaks down the beans, and this leaves the beans tasting differently. After the monkey has split them, the beans change to a grayish color instead of their traditional green color
3. Black Ivory (Thailand)
This is known as elephant poop coffee, and this delicacy comes from Northern Thailand, and it tastes like chocolates and spices. Black Ivory is also on the pricier side, and one pound cost about $1081, and it is the next coffee on my list of must-tries. If you put it like Elephant Dung coffee, then it is not appetizing at all, but according to coffee experts, it is one of the better tasting coffees out there. These Thai elephants are feed coffee beans, and their dung is then collected and cleaned thoroughly, and the beans are collected. Black Ivory coffee is the most expensive coffee on the market, and coffee connoisseurs describe it as delicate and unusual.
4. Bat coffee (Costa Rica)
This is the last coffee on our list, but it isn’t the tamest one in here. It is often called bat poop coffee or even bat sh*t coffee. It costs around 200 dollars for a pound of this delicacy, and it has fruity and floral notes and is slightly sweet in flavor. Wild bats in Costa Rica, where this coffee is endemic, suck the juice of ripe coffee berries, leaving the rest of the cherry attached to the tree. The coffee bean and the chaff, which are covered with bat spit and saliva, are then let to dry in the sun, and the chemical in the bat’s saliva and the enzymes alter the taste of the coffee and leave us with a delicious coffee that is reminiscent of a summer’s day. It is important to know that this coffee is rare and can be hard to find at times. This is why they are a bit costly, not as expensive as the Black Ivory, though.
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