The World’s Most Expensive Cup Of Coffee

Brits pay $100 for a cup of coffee made from dung

Q1x00174_9 Britons are being encouraged to spend £50 — about $100 — for a cup of coffee that is made from animal dung.

The barista says Caffe Raro is a complex and costly blend of coffee that includes rare Jamaican Blue Mountain and Kopi Luwak beans. What makes this beverage truly unique is the fact that Kopi Luwak beans come from the droppings of civets, a cat-like animal.

The Associated Press described the process back in 2004: Civets live in the foliage of plantations across Southeast Asia. These fussy foragers pick the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system break down the flesh of the fruit before the animals expel the bean. Workers collect beans from the plantation floor, wash away the dung and roast them to produce a unique drink that devotees might say is good to the last dropping. (You can see the civet in action thanks to ABC News.)

The roast is now being served in the espresso bar at Peter Jones, a London department store, with the proceeds going to a cancer charity. BBC News says this blend is thought to be the most expensive in the world.

Bottoms up.

Update at 11:50 a.m. ET: In January, The Baltimore Sun reported that 100 people each paid $10 for a chance to taste the “special brew”:

The coffee seemed to be a hit with the tasters. Many who normally take cream and sugar were able to take it black. There was widespread agreement that the Kopi Luwak has no bitter aftertaste, but beyond that, what makes it distinctive was up for debate. Some said it was sweet. Other descriptions included “smooth,” “earthy” and “a little nutty.” Perhaps the most disturbing: “gamy.”


One Comment

  1. Posted April 11, 2008 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    I don’t actually think it’s made from dung but rather fertilized with dung. I don’t think I would pay $100 just to taste it.

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