Kopi Luwak (Cat Poop Coffee or Weasel Poop Coffee) – Coffee Made from the Beans which Fall Out of a Cat’s Bum – Yum!

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And you can quote me: "Kopi Luwak, known more affectionately as "cat poop coffee" or "weasel poop coffee", is truly coffee made from the coffee beans which have been pooped out by the Indonesian Luwak civet cat. What I want to know is, who the heck first thought of this??"

Posted in Observations, WTF?, September 7th, 2006


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Today I got to thinking about the coffee which is made from coffee beans which are pooped out by a civet cat that is indigenous to Indonesia.

I’m not making this up. The coffee beans come out in the cat’s poop, and people in Indonesia actually collect these beans, and people actually drink the coffee which is brewed from these beans.

(I was thinking about it because I alluded to it in my post about how to save 75 cents off a venti iced coffee at Starbucks.)

But here’s what I want to know:

Who the f*ck first thought of this?!?!

I mean, really!

Who was the first person to think “Ooh, look, that cat is pooping out coffee beans – what if I brew them up into a beverage and drink it?”

WTF were you thinking? Or, should I say, “WTF, were you thinking?”

Apparently so, because, like, Kopi Luwak, as this coffee is known (“Kopi” being the Indonesian word for ‘coffee’, and the cat in question being called a “Luwak”), now sells for more than..wait..are you sitting down?

Kopi Luwak – coffee which is made from coffee beans which have traveled down a Luwak civet cat’s intestinal tract and been pushed out its rectum – sells for more than $600.00 a pound!

And people actually buy this stuff!

Here’s something else which makes Kopi Luwak unique, other than its amazing price, and that people actually drink it. According to coffee resource, importer and retailer TheCoffeeCritic.com:

“Kopi Luwak has a very unique and distinguishable roasting smell and taste… like no other coffee.”

No sh*t.

Or maybe..well, yes.

You just know that somewhere in Indonesia someone is laughing their tails off all the way to the bank, and thinking “Those crazy Americans will drink anything, the more expensive the better.”

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  1. This plus factory farmnig of food animals are great ways to spread disease through the human network.Maybe we’re using factory farmnig in a different way. What I mean is you have a city over here and in a very boring place where city people don’t go you have huge factory farms. As we both agree, they come out of places where large populations live with their farm animals. So despite vacant claims organic types make about the dangers of factory farms, factory farms are great ways to prevent new viruses. How many mutated viruses have come out of the USA? The USA is liikely the biggest factory farmnig nation in the world. Factory farms keep large populations well isolated from food production, thereby greatly diminishing the risk of the kind of lateral genetic transfer that results in things like SARS and swine flu.

    Comment by Vuong — April 7, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

  2. how can it be gross when a)roasting the bean kills any disgusting parts, and b)its less gross than eating sausages which are essentially its body stuffed up a pigs removed ass track.
    Meh,more amazing coffee for me

    Comment by Rose of the sith — April 30, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

  3. Ok I agree with the fact that that is just freaking gross!!!! Who in the world wants to drink coffee from beans straight out of a cats butt??? I mean really thats just gross as it gets D= And not to mention that its 180.00$ per pound thats just outrageous! I feel sick just thinking about that stuff

    Comment by Alley — March 24, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  4. I like how your website is set up

    Comment by Matthew — October 1, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  5. from http://www.innovations-report.de/:
    “The internal fermentation by digestive enzymes adds a unique flavour to the beans, which Marcone said has been described as ‘earthy, musty, syrupy, smooth and rich with jungle and chocolate undertones.'”
    Or, as Austin Powers put it, “a bit nutty.”
    As for the power of the coffee, I read that the beans are roasted much less than normal coffee beans, which would result in higher caffeine content. But let’s not underestimate the thrill of drinking cat shit. My dogs sure think it tastes like candy.
    Matt

    Comment by Matt — January 16, 2007 @ 7:15 am

  6. This “coffee” crap is so hard to believe, I don’t think it would even make a credible April Fool’s joke. Can Jay Leno and Conan O’Brian even make a joke about it in a way that the audience will find it funny because it is believable? Maybe Conan O’Brian could present this story as a fantasy that the “coffee” is givn to their masterbating bear who drinks it and has strange reactions. … Hmmm. … The bear doesn’t hibernate and does other strange things?

    I hope I didn’t misspell anything or forget to capitalize a word like I did on the previous message I left. Goodbye for now.

    Comment by Jerry — January 15, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

  7. I first heard about this peculiar cat poo coffee while listening to CJOB radio station from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I listen to it way down here in Bismarck, N.Dak. because I get it during the day. CJOB is a powerful station that broadcasts with 50,000 watts of power and has a huge day time coverage area. At night they turn down their power. during the day when the local Bismarck station puts on “Rush Limbaugh” I switch to more intelligent and interesting talk radio from CJOB in Winnipeg (CJOB’s frequency is 680 on the AM dial).

    I heard the the radio talk show host interview a man in the Twin Cities area (Minneapolis and Saint Paul) who said he buys and sells the cat poo coffee beans. He discribed its “good flavor” as if it were good stuff. How good can it taste if someone is ready to puke when they hear what they are drinking? And yes I agree with the others, who ever thought of creating such crap for use or resale? And who buys such crap? They should be interviewed by Jay Leno on Jay Leno’s segment called, “Jay Walking” where incredibly simple questions are asked of incredibly stupid adult imbeciles on the street who should never have graduted from the second grade but were grduated from high school and more.

    Comment by Jerry — January 15, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

  8. You have missed the single most importent point – how on earth does one harvest these beans. Stalking around being a hopped-up jittery wild cat (think Denis Leary circa ‘no cure for cancer’ – just think of the horse-felling amounts of caffeine coursing through the civet’s circulatory system) with a sieve and clothes peg on one’s nose sounds like a sure-fire way to get clawed.

    Or at the very least arouse the suspicion of the local constabulary.

    Comment by Grumpy Old Man — September 9, 2006 @ 10:43 am

  9. Actually, Annie, you can order four ounces on the net for $30, or a pound for $120.
    Still high, but $600 is way too much.

    See Armeno Coffee’s site.

    The Straigh t Dope column is fun.

    Comment by Joe — September 8, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

  10. Ah, I see many do not grasp the feline fecal beans. Perhaps they do not know the auspiciousness of the passage of the venerated civet — no ordinary puss!

    Such brew was cherished by our honorable ancestors for bringing good fortune. Luck follows for generations when ancestors are buried with such a cat and a French press.

    😉 cwb

    p.s. I’ll have tea, please!

    Comment by Christine W-B — September 8, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

  11. i still have some kopi luak left (my parents worked in indonesia for three years and brought back loads of the stuff because my expat father had some connections) it makes a mind-bending cup of coffee and an even more mighty espresso.

    i took my cappuccino machine to church camp one year and made ‘crapuccinos’ for my churchy friends.

    once, i slipped the stuff into the staff coffee machine at a school i taught at. the teachers there who seemed to like complaining about everything were complaining one day about the shitty coffee. one thing led to another.. told ’em later that they were actually drinking shit.

    did i mention that i USED TO teach there?

    Comment by jollybeggar — September 8, 2006 @ 11:57 am

  12. Do you know which store carries this ? (Pet Supermarket?)

    Comment by Don — September 8, 2006 @ 9:54 am

  13. god, what next, urine lattes???Annie, ya have finally succedded in GROSSIN’ ME OUT!!!! LMAOROTFF

    bet the yupps will love it…..

    Comment by jimi — September 8, 2006 @ 5:11 am

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