Civet Coffee You Say?
The market is flooded with all types of coffee and coffee beans, Colombian beans, Mexican beans, Peruvian beans, light roast, medium roast, heavy roast, french vanilla roast, exotic beans and blends and the list just continues on and on until you have an IV line feeding directly into your veins....ah the good life.
But those of you who settle for the the store brands, the mediocrity of the coffee world, you are missing out, at least in the eyes of Kopi Luwak conniosuer's.
Now if you are going who or what is a Kopi Luwak, chances are you live in the same caffinated mediocrity such as myself. If however you are familiar with this brand of coffee or even tried it then kudos to you for either being very rich or just culturally diverse.
Before we proceed further in this article, allow me to introduce you to my friend to the right. That cute looking animal is a Civet.
If a Cat, Fox, and Squirrel were to mate I can only assume it would look like our little friend here.
The Civet is native to Southeast Asia but has been found in other parts of the world as well. Our friend to the right is mostly a nocturnal creature and although not typically domesticated has been to known to be taken in by some indigenous people in its region as a pet.
So what does this cute little cat-fox-squirrel crossbreed  have to do with Kopi Luwak?
Look closely at the picture, now take your focus off the odd creature in the tree and look at the berries it's eating. If you guess grapes try again, if you guess they were coffee berries then well done!
The Civet, like the one shown has an appetite for Coffee berries. They enjoy the pulp of the tasty treat and find it fine dining. When the Civet digests the berries, enzymes in its digestive tract break apart the berries but leave the beans in tact meaning they retain their original shape upon defecation.
Now if your still a hardcore coffee lover and an advocate for recycling I have a double bonus for you!
When the Civet relinquishes its bowel movement of coffee beans, well they kind of come out looking like the first picture above. The collected coffee bean excrement is then washed, sun dried and roasted lightly to preserve that unique blend of flavors.
Doesn't that sound delicious?
Basically all it is is sun dried coffee berry bean excrement. Oddly enough people enjoy that exotic flavor and appeal and many more are willing to pay for exotic extremes.
So while your sipping on your $11.95 home brew of Foldgers, or downing your 8th Chai Latte from Starbucks at $6.95 a piece, try not to do a spit on your monitor when reading the next few lines.
Kopi Luwak on average will set you back a whopping $50 (USD) dollars per cup.
Yes you read that right - PER CUP. On average it will sell for between $200 - $600 per pound.
Now I can see my Foldgers can on the shelf right in front of me and if I close my eyes and pretend I just spent $200 dollars on a can of coffee that involves being processed through the cat-fox-squirrel creature above I may have to myself checked by a health professional.
To those of you who can afford it and enjoy it please don't feel I'm knocking it. I wish I could say I have had the opportunity to try it but understandably I can't drop $50 dollars on a cup of cat excrement coffee without getting slapped upside the head.