Obviously, as everybody knows, we Brits like nothing more than a perfectly brewed Darjeeling. But according to todays London Evening Standard, there is a new cuppa in town.
“Rich, dark and, at an exorbitant £560 a kilo, Kopi Luwak is meant only for the most discerning of palates. Educated drinkers describe the drink as syrupy, chocolatey, earthy and musty, with jungle undertones.” They refer to the worlds most expensive coffee bean so rare that Indonesia (where it comes from) produces only 230 kg of the stuff a year (thats 500 lbs to you non-metric folk in America).
What makes it so special? It starts life as an ordinary coffee bean, but then gets swallowed by a rare civet cat, which ahem processes it internally, digesting all the nasty bits and pooping out a refined bean. So some poor chap has to run around after these cats all day long, poking around in their deposits, picking up a bean here and there. So I can see why they are expensive youd have to pay me a hell of a lot of money to poke around in cat shit all day. Those of you who own cats will know exactly what I mean.
But this is what I dont understand WHO ON EARTH WOULD PUT A BEAN THAT COMES OUT OF A CATS BOTTOM IN THEIR LATTE?!