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#1 Hum

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 17:50

In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee.

Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste.

Stomach turning or oddly alluring, this is not just one of the world's most unusual specialty coffees. At $1,100 per kilogram ($500 per pound), it's also among the world's priciest.

For now, only the wealthy or well-traveled have access to the cuppa, which is called Black Ivory Coffee. It was launched last month at a few luxury hotels in remote corners of the world — first in northern Thailand, then the Maldives and now Abu Dhabi — with the price tag of about $50 a serving.

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"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 has spent $300,000 developing the coffee. "You end up with a cup that's very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee." :huh:

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 17:57

That's just gross! :x

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 18:10

On the plus side the elephant makes more coffee per day than that other "Little" creature who's poop we make coffee from.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 18:16

Oh Hum. You seriously make my day sometimes with the random stuff you share :D

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 19:30

RemixedCat will not like this. LOL


and that is digusting. Congress needs to add lunatic back into the documentation so they can aptly discribe the individuals who drink this sh*t.

I mean literally it is drinking sh*t. :x

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 19:40

A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste.



You'd think they could treat the beans with some lab chemicals, instead of sending them thru a tour of an elephant. :s

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 19:52

You'd think they could treat the beans with some lab chemicals, instead of sending them thru a tour of an elephant. :s


I was thinking the same thing. Surely they can artificially recreate the same effects.
Though I'm sure half the selling point is the novelty fact that you're drinking something that's been crapped out. :/
The same thing is being done with a type of monkey, if I remember correctly.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 20:14

I mean literally it is drinking sh*t. :x


Its really no big deal, its not like they don't wash them first. Not really different than eating anything from an animal.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 20:20

What kind of mind thinks: "Hmm, I bet the coffee from an animal's butt will taste great!"

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 21:46

Moose nugget earrings come to mind. At least no one eats them.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 21:57

You'd think they could treat the beans with some lab chemicals, instead of sending them thru a tour of an elephant. :s


http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Kopi_Luwak

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 22:00

Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate


I see what they did there. :shiftyninja:

Also... I'd try it.


You'd think they could treat the beans with some lab chemicals, instead of sending them thru a tour of an elephant. :s


Natural ftw? ;)

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 22:06

Also... I'd try it.


You would try it? I just lost a little bit of respect for you. :rofl:

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 22:24

You would try it? I just lost a little bit of respect for you. :rofl:


I'm leaning that way too....

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 22:27

Let's all just open up a can of "poop" coffee and give it a try.