The aroma of a premium coffee or tea is meant to appeal to the senses of a caffeine lover and hands down, its does. A sip of a premium variant of these bevvies profoundly rejuvenates senses and relaxes our nerves. But there is one secret fact about these premium beverages which can straightaway take you aback. Some coffee and tea variants are made with poop, saliva and even puke of animals. The manufacturing processes take place in a way that the final products taste smooth, delish and soothing. Here are some types of tea and coffee, the processing of which takes place via the digestive tracts of animals:
1. Black Ivory Coffee
This is made out of elephant poop and believe it or not, is one of the most expensive coffee variants in the world. Coffee expert Blake Dinkin. who runs the company Black Ivory Coffee produces this coffee type in Thailand. The process of producing this coffee involves feeding the coffee beans to the elephants and then excreting the whole beans from the poop and converting it to the final product. One kg of this coffee is around $2000 ( ₹1,47,800). Akshay Kumar had also tasted the elephant poop tea in his thrilling ‘Into The Wild’ episode.
2. Ya’an’s Green Tea
To produce this particular type of green tea, panda dung is used as a fertiliser. The panda poop is believed to increase the invigorating property of the beverage. The tea is grown in China’s Ya’an and 50 grams of it cost around $3,500 (₹2.5 lakhs).
3. Monkey Parchment Coffee
This is a coffee variant made with the coffee cherries spat out by the monkeys. The enzymes present in the saliva of the monkeys help in fermenting the coffee beans. The Indian Bean Company has this coffee variant which costs ₹350. Araku Coffee is also experimenting to launch its version of monkey derived coffee.
4. Kopi Luwak
Kopi Luwak or civet poop coffee is processed with partially digested coffee beans excreted out of Asian palm civet. This is an Indonesian coffee blend and dates back to the 19th century. In Coorg, India, similar experiments are going on and coffee experts have also created a variant called Ainmane from wild civet droppings. However, there have been cases of animal cruelty in the production process of Kopi Luwak. News about caging and feeding the animals forcefully have driven the animal rights groups to take a stand for switching to sustainable processes of producing the coffee.
5. Weasel Derived Coffee
In Vietnam, there is one particular type of weasel which loves coffee cherries but usually pukes out the undigested coffee beans. Natives extract the beans and process them into the delicious coffee.
The surprising fact about the above brews is that, despite their weird production methods, they taste mesmerising and thus come with heavy price tags. Coffee types like Kopi Luwak and Black Ivory are clearly elite class coffees. Did you ever taste any of these rare brews? If yes, tell us about your experience in the comments section below. Meanwhile, here’s a weird food combination challenge by team Curly Tales: