We have written about this in one of our other blogs and now a recent article is on the news wires about the Kopi Luwak Coffee beans from Indonesia. When I first heard of this I thought it was an urban legend but it turned out the be true. I found this on the menu of a South Beach restaurant and the price was $57 for a single cup of coffee!
Would you pay $175 (101 pounds) for a pound of coffee beans which had passed through the backside of a furry mammal in Indonesia?

Apparently, some coffee lovers wanting to treat themselves to something special are lapping it up.Kopi Luwak beans from Indonesia are rare and expensive, thanks to a unique taste and aroma enhanced by the digestive system of palm civets, nocturnal tree-climbing creatures about the size of a large house cat.

“People like coffee. And when they want to treat themselves, they order the Kopi Luwak,” said Isaac Jones, director of sales for Tastes of The World, an online supplier of gourmet coffee, tea and cocoa.

Despite being carnivorous, civets eat ripe coffee cherries for treats. The coffee beans, which are found inside of the cherries, remain intact after passing through the animal.

Civet droppings are found on the forest floor near coffee plantations. Once carefully cleaned and roasted, the beans are sold to specialty buyers.

Update: A few years after this article was written Volcanica Coffee decided to start carrying Kopi Luwak Coffee which has been popular among the more affluent customers and we are now one of the top sellers on the internet.