Tuesday, July 20, 2010

YUCK!!

In looking for news items to post on WinnsboroToday.com, this morning, I ran across this from Fex News:

" Indonesia's top Islamic body declared Tuesday that Muslims can drink civet coffee — the world's most expensive coffee, which is extracted from the dung of civet cats.

A preacher recently suggested the beverage might not be "halal" — or religiously approved — because its unusual provenance makes it unclean. But after a long discussion Tuesday, the influential Indonesian Ulema Council said that the coffee, known locally as Kopi Luwak, could be consumed as long as the beans were washed.

Kopi Luwak, which takes it name from the Indonesian word for civets, is made from hard beans that have been eaten by the nocturnal critters and then fermented in their stomachs before being pooped out and roasted. Civet cats are mongoose-like animals.

It's highly prized for its smooth flavor and bitterless aftertaste, sometimes fetching well over $200 a pound."

I thought I had read it wrong when I saw the coffee is made from cat poop.  While I am quite a cat lover, I draw the line at drinking something made from their poop. Or any other animal's poop for that matter.

What about you? Would you try it?

7 comments:

Mary said...

I'm allergic to cats. Even if that didn't include their poop can't imagine me drinking that "coffee" ever. :>{
Giggles and Guns

Being Beth said...

That would be a definite no. And I thought I was a coffee snob, LOL! I guess I'm not as stuck up as I thought. I'd never pay $200 a pound for coffee, especially coffee that is made from beans collected from feces. Bletch!

Being Beth said...

So, I've got to know, did you write this up for the WinnsboroToday.com?

Helen Ginger said...

People eat and drink weird things. I can't see how that could be rendered clean, though. I'm with Beth. Bletch!

Anj said...

What I want to know is, who was the first person who thought it was a good idea to try this? ("Hey, this civit poop has some perfectly good coffee beans in it. I guess I'll rinse 'em off and roast 'em up.") Ick.

Or maybe someone made the coffee to give to an unsuspecting enemy in an act of passive-aggressive revenge. ("Here, Bob, have some coffee. Heh heh heh. No, I swear, it's good coffee. I was just laughing at a joke I heard last week. Now drink up.") When the victim declared it to be delicious, the would-be prankster perhaps decided there might be money to be had from people who will buy expensive and exotic things solely because they are expensive and exotic.

But no matter how delicious Kopi Luwak is reputed to be, even if it was free, there is no way I'd knowingly drink something that recently went through an animal's digestive tract. No way, no how.

Maryann Miller said...

Beth, I did not post anything about this on WinnsboroToday.com. It was too absurd for my news bits. LOL

Maryann Miller said...

Love your little stories, Anj. Maybe you have the beginnings of humorous short story, "The Poop that Refreshes."