World’s Most Expensive Coffee

World’s Most Expensive Coffee

If you’re an avid coffee drinker and just can’t kick the habit, maybe you should try the world’s most expensive coffee.  Especially since after you hear where it comes from, you may kick the habit cold turkey…

Noted as one of the world’s largest, most lawfully valuable traded commodities after oil, coffee has become an way of life for many.  Millions accross the globe guzzle cups of the dark liquid every morning, as prices clime higher for rare and premium brands.  Surprisingly, the most expensive coffee in the world does not originate in the mountains of Jamaica, or the Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii, or even the local Starbucks.  Instead, this rare, strange, and extremely pricy variety hails from Indonesia.

Kopi Luwak, also known as civet coffee,  is the world’s most expensive coffee.  Why is it called civet coffee you ask?  Well, in order to earn the name the coffee berries have to pass through the digestive tract of an Asian Palm Civet, a cat-sized furry mammal native to south-east Asia.

Asian Palm Civet

The small racoon-like creature eats the berries and the digest the outer flesh, but the beans inside pass through their system undigested.  The feces produced is then processed and the coffee beans are sold.  Enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee’s flavor by breaking down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste.  A similar coffee in Vietnam, called weasel coffee, is made in a similar fashion.

Kopi Luwak retails for around $600 a pound, and up to $50 per cup.

And don’t forget to get a really great coffee machine to make your beverage.

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