When I’m researching for a project, I often end up stumbling into information that has exactly nothing to do with whatever I was originally researching. It’s an education of the most haphazard variety, and it is both the joy and the eternal time suck of writing.
Recently—and I really wish I could remember what website trail led me to make this discovery—I learned about the world’s most expensive coffee. That alone would be intriguing enough, but get this—it’s made from the poo of this animal:
For realz. This little Asian Palm Civet—which lives in Indonesia and, yes, is absurdly cute—eats up coffee berries, and then defecates them… at which point everything stays in the same shape as the original berry. Workers gather up the teeny-tiny poops, clean them (I choose to believe they spend a lot of time on the cleaning), and then dry/roast/grind/whatever to turn them into the world’s most expensive coffee. In the United States, the Kopi Luwak coffee (for that is what it is called) goes for anywhere from $100 to $600 a pound. You can even buy it on Amazon. Supposedly the beans are only given a very light roast so as to retain and enhance the coffee’s very unique flavor.
You know, the unique flavor… OF TINY ANIMAL POO.
Anyway, I have taken two things from this remarkable and educational finding:
- I want an Asian Palm Civet. Not only are they ridiculously adorable, but cleaning its cage would become a financial opportunity.
- If life hands you shit… make coffee.
Thank you! Tip your waitress! Try the fish! I’ll be here all week!