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Thailand coffee made from digested beans

By T.K. Randall
December 8, 2012 · Comment icon 31 comments

Image Credit: Sandra Fenley
A unique and expensive type of coffee is made from beans that have been digested by elephants.
At $1,100 per kilogram Black Ivory Coffee might seem fit only for the rich, but even those with plenty of money to spare are likely to think twice before sipping a mug of this particular brand. Produced in Thailand, the coffee is brewed from beans which have been fed to elephants and collected at the other end from their dung. The process is said to be the key ingredient in providing the coffee's unique flavor.

Workers who gather the beans are required to follow the elephants and collect their droppings in order to retrieve the precious ingredient. Many of the beans are crushed or destroyed during their trip through the elephant's digestive system which increases the difficulty and costs of producing them. "When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness," said Blake Dinkin who invented the brew.[!gad]At $1,100 per kilogram Black Ivory Coffee might seem fit only for the rich, but even those with plenty of money to spare are likely to think twice before sipping a mug of this particular brand. Produced in Thailand, the coffee is brewed from beans which have been fed to elephants and collected at the other end from their dung. The process is said to be the key ingredient in providing the coffee's unique flavor.

Workers who gather the beans are required to follow the elephants and collect their droppings in order to retrieve the precious ingredient. Many of the beans are crushed or destroyed during their trip through the elephant's digestive system which increases the difficulty and costs of producing them. "When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness," said Blake Dinkin who invented the brew.
Forget robusta and arabica - this is the world's most expensive coffee, given its unique flavour by. . . an elephant's digestive tract.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (31)




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Comment icon #22 Posted by King Fluffs 12 years ago
Anyone thirsty? Maybe it will taste a little chocolatey.
Comment icon #23 Posted by little_dreamer 12 years ago
Reminds me of the cheap coffee they had where I used to work. Mystery coffee in unlabeled bags that was extremely bitter. Who knows what was in it.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Lava_Lady 12 years ago
You think drinking coffee filtered thru poop is bad? Read this: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05/02/bugs-in-food_n_1467694.html Urp.... Lovely
Comment icon #25 Posted by coldethyl 12 years ago
Urp.... Lovely lol Sorry
Comment icon #26 Posted by UFO_Monster 12 years ago
Lots of coffees are from animal poo . It's always expensive,because someone has to pay the bean finders . You don't think they take minimum wage to go fingering around in piles of poop . And elephant poop,oh my god. I would need 75$,an hour,minimum . I'd pick some beans from pachyderm poo if I was paid that much. I am not ashamed to admit this.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
Why is the thread titled differently on the front page? Is "dung" a sweary word these days?
Comment icon #28 Posted by Lava_Lady 12 years ago
Why is the thread titled differently on the front page? Is "dung" a sweary word these days? lol only for the milquetoasts...its a really bad one for them!
Comment icon #29 Posted by Lava_Lady 12 years ago
lol Sorry I'm still having nightmares about the guy at the roach eating Contest...ugh
Comment icon #30 Posted by Pinguin 12 years ago
What is interesting is that people who collect the beans follow the elephants around. Based on the pictures, they are pretty close to those elephants. I wonder if there will be accidents in the near future. Elephants are dangerous animals when provoked.
Comment icon #31 Posted by -M7 12 years ago
I think I'm going to throw-up.....


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