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Would you drink coffee made from cat poop?

Kopi Luwak gets a lot of buzz, but is it good — or just trendy?

By Linda Melone Sep 4, 2013 9:29PM

'Twas a brave man who ate the first oyster, as the saying goes. I also give kudos to whoever envisioned a lobster or snail as the main entrée in a fine dining establishment. But when it comes to cat-poop coffee, clearly someone lost a bet.

Admittedly, the civet cat is miles cuter than an oyster, slimy snail or spidery-looking lobster. But while I love my two cats, I’ve never scooped out the litter box and thought, “I think this would make a fine breakfast beverage.” Never.

That thought process did, however, occur to those who came up with the idea for Kopi Luwak, coffee made from the digested, partially fermented beans expelled from the Indonesian cat’s digestive tract.

Here’s the kicker: Expect to pay $600 a pound for this cat-poop coffee.

Whether it’s the novelty of drinking something that’s been run through an animal’s intestines or a real love of the stuff, many people pay big bucks for a sip. So much so that cheap knockoffs motivated biotechnologists to develop a chemical test to differentiate civet-poop coffee from regular beans picked from trees.

What’s worse than paying $600 for cat-poop coffee? Paying $600 for fake cat-poop coffee.

Like drinking expensive wine, some say Kopi Luwak is about status. Others argue in favor of the coffee’s “exquisite,” superior, smooth flavor. Its aroma, on the other hand, reportedly sends some people running.

Would you try a food or beverage simply because it’s trendy, and not because it tastes good? Believe it or not, some swear these trendy foods are delish:

Bugs: Scorpions, hornets and assorted edible insects can be bought online at websites such as this one in Thailand.

Durian: Popular in Southeast Asia, this fruit has an obnoxious aroma that apparently travels for miles but is worth it for the flavor, according to fans of the fruit.

Fried bat, tuna eyes, bird’s nest soup, ox penis, fried tarantula and fried silkworms can all be found on gourmet food websites from around the world, if you’re brave enough to try them.

As for Kopi Luwak, I’ll stick with my $4 tried-and-true Starbucks, thank you.

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98Comments
Sep 5, 2013 5:11AM
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There is a sucker born every minute. 

Sep 5, 2013 4:56AM
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i think caviar and snails were something that poor people fed to rich people and laughed their ****'s off watching them eat it. sounds the same for the cat poop. bon appetite.
Sep 5, 2013 8:33AM
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Isn't this the coffee Morgan Freeman made fun of in The Bucket List?
Sep 5, 2013 10:13AM
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who writes this sh-t---ha ha get it.
Sep 5, 2013 7:39AM
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I have a persian cat who will eat coffee beans, pick your own poop $50 or pre bagged $100 LOL
Sep 5, 2013 11:55AM
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Some of these articles are just plain stupid.   

Sep 5, 2013 9:05AM
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One of the funniest scenes of "The Bucket List" with two of my favorite actors is when this cooffee is decribed.  I had a cup (just one cup) a few months after seeing the movie.  It was OK but my pallet is not refined enough to tell the difference.
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