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Elephant Dung Coffee, The Worlds Most Expensive


Phil Cup has written for Men's Health, Reader's Digest, Outside, National Geographic Traveler and Field & Stream. He knows a little bit about a lot of things and almost nothing about anything in particular. He is almost completely bald.

Elephant Dung Coffee

Previously we’ve told you about Kopi Luwak coffee, a specialty coffee refined and extracted from the excrement of the Asian Palm Civet, a small mammal that resembles a cross between a weasel and a cat. It also costs around 25.00 an ounce.

Not to be outdone by a furry cat-weasel, some elephants in Thailand saw the cash that poo coffee was bringing in and decided they wanted a piece of the action. Black Ivory Coffee, started by Canadian coffee expert Blake Dinkin, is made from Thai arabica hand picked beans, and “refined” with the help of an elephant.

Like Kopi Luwak, Black Ivory coffee is retreived from the excrement of the animal, in this case an elephant. Unlike the palm civet, coffee beans are not something an elephant would eat in normal conditions, so hand picked arabica beans are harvested, and stirred into a mixture with fruit and rice that is fed to the elephants.


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