Man, that the NYT pulled that old chestnut out of the hat for last weekend’s edition means that it was a really slow weekend:
[…] Mr. Sibayan’s prize was the equivalent in the world of rarefied coffees: dung containing the world’s most expensive coffee beans.
Costing hundreds of dollars a pound, these beans are found in the droppings of the civet, a nocturnal, furry, long-tailed catlike animal that prowls Southeast Asia’s coffee-growing lands for the tastiest, ripest coffee cherries. The civet eventually excretes the hard, indigestible innards of the fruit — essentially, incipient coffee beans — though only after they have been fermented in the animal’s stomach acids and enzymes to produce a brew described as smooth, chocolaty and devoid of any bitter aftertaste. (NYT)
I’d love to try it. On the other hand, I’m not that much of a coffee connoisseur to go online and order coffee for $120+ per pound. Someday maybe, someday… and hey, I have to say that I’m perversely tempted by the DIY option that is available at Animalcoffee.com.