By: Bill Waters, NewsOXY Reporter
07/28/2010 02:37 PM ET
Cat poo coffee $30 a cup, straight from a feline. New York City is going crazy over coffee that's made from cat poo. Here's the catch, the coffee beans are passed through the digestive tract of a cat.
It is made from the beans of coffee berries, which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet, also known as Toddy Cat, then passed through its digestive tract. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and freer amino acids.
Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, having kept their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world. Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines.
Peter Longo owns Porto Rico, a coffee shop in New York's West Village. He explains that orders for the poo brew come in as frequently as once per week. "At first I did not want to take it on," Longo stated. "I thought it was kind of dirty because of where it comes from."
"The stomach acids in the cat's digestive tracts make for a very smooth tasting coffee taste," Michael Peter, a coffee consultant at the Tamp Tamp Coffee Lab in New York City, said in a statement. "Americans started importing the cat coffee within the past few years," Peter said. A pound can cost as much as $400.