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June 20, 2006

Ass Coffee or Kopi Luwak

I don't drink coffee and thanks to this little article I never will.

[T]he paradoxurus [is] a tree-dwelling animal that is part of the sibet family. Long regarded by the natives as pests, they climb among the coffee trees eating only the ripest, reddest coffee cherries. Who knows who first thought of it, or how or why, but what these animals eat they must also digest and eventually excrete. Some brazen or desparate -- or simply lazy -- local gathered the beans, which come through the digestion process fairly intact, still wrapped in layers of the cherries' mucilage. The enzymes in the animals' stomachs, though, appear to add something unique to the coffee's flavor through fermentation.

Long story short. Monkey eats coffee beans. Monkey craps out half digested coffee beans. Coffee bean crap ground up and brewed to perfection.

Enjoy your coffee.... MMMmmmm nutty!

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Posted by hypnobee at June 20, 2006 8:22 PM