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Subject:  Re: Non-Photoshopped Photos Of Obama Shooting Date:  2/4/2013  8:11 PM
Author:  bighairymike Number:  670133 of 744933

This board is just so educational. Where else do you learn interesting tidbits like this..

I could have lived a very long time without knowing about civet cats and coffee, however. - wolverine


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Yeah, And that civet ass coffee that fleg likes is sooo yesterday. All the coffee connoseuers like myself are drinking Black Ivory, that is when we aren't drinking Folgers...

And now the new worlds most expensive coffee.

Elephant-dung coffee lures intrepid foodies to Thailand

GOLDEN TRIANGLE, Thailand (AP) - 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 $500 per pound, it's also among the world's priciest.

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The result is similar in civet coffee, or kopi luwak, another exorbitantly expensive variety extracted from the excrement of the weasel-like civet. But the elephants' massive stomach provides a bonus.

Think of the elephant as the animal kingdom's equivalent of a slow cooker. It takes between 15-30 hours to digest the beans, which stew together with bananas, sugar cane and other ingredients in the elephant's vegetarian diet to infuse unique earthy and fruity flavors, said the 42-year-old Canadian, who has a background in civet coffee.

... lots more at link

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2012/12/28...
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