If you live in one the U.S.’s 20 top coffee-consuming cities, you’re probably aware of the latest craze of the caffeinated set: Cat Crap Coffee.
Jack Nicholson’s character imbibed in “The Bucket List,” while Morgan Freeman’s character — who knew where those coffee beans had been — declined. This peculiar blend of java juice is made from the excrement of a cat-like* creature called the civet, who feeds on coffee berries (no word on whether the civet ever sleeps). The berries pass through the civet’s bowels and are excreted as undigested feces. This dung is harvested and the beans are extracted, cleaned and lightly roasted, eventually producing a unique brew that can cost over $30 a cup, prized by caffeiniciandos who appreciate the bitter taste imparted by enzymes in the civet’s stomach. Coffee from Indonesian civets is considered to have the best aroma.
“At first I did not want to take it on,” Peter Longo, owner of the trendy New York coffee spot Porto Rico told the NY Daily News. “I thought it was kind of dirty because of where it comes from.”
It was nearly banned in Indonesia because Muslims consider it unsanitary.
But is it safe to drink?
Reportedly, the beans are safe to consume by the time they reach the coffee cup, despite having taken a scenic cruise through the civet’s intestines. Those who buy it need to be able to stomach the hefty price tag: the beans sell for up to $600 per pound and only 1,000 pounds make it to market each year.
I think I’ll stick to my Cinnamon Dolce Latte, thanks.
[SOURCE: CBS News]
* OK, OK. Not exactly a cat, but it was a slow news day.