Britain’s costliest coffee made from cat’s droppings sells for £70
Britain has its most expensive coffee being sold at 70 pounds per cup, the beans for which have been extracted from cat’s droppings.Updated: Dec 17, 2011 17:07 IST
Kopi Luwak coffee, which is produced on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is made from animal droppings.
The beans are extracted from the droppings of the native palm civet, a cat-like creature that eats only the ripest coffee cherries but cannot digest the hard centres.
They digest the fruit pulp and excrete the beans on to the forest floor.The droppings, combined with the animal’s gastric juices, are claimed to be the key to the coffee’s rich, frothy flavour.
The beans are extremely rare and only around 450 pounds per year are harvested.
Exactly seven grams are weighed out before being brewed and poured into a heated coffee cup, which helps form a frothy layer on top, and can be served with or without sugar.
The coffee is to go on sale at new venue DSTRKT, near London’s Piccadilly.
“It’s not a gimmick. The beans actually make a really, really nice cup of coffee,” the Daily Mail quoted operations manager and partner Fraser Donaldson as saying.
“The way it is made might put some people off but it will certainly wake you up at 10 o’clock at night.
“We are the only people in the UK to sell it with the next nearest place the Ritz Carlton in Paris,” he added.
First Published: Dec 17, 2011 17:01 IST