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Litter Box Coffee?

March 5, 2005

I’m totally releaved at Blogjam’s having saved me from ever having to try Civet Coffee in some moment of insatiable curiosity…

…The way it works is this: The Common Palm Civet Cat (actually part of the Mongoose family, and feared by many to be a possible source of the SARS virus) prowls the coffee plantations of Sumatra at night eating only the finest, ripest cherries. The stones √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú which eventually become coffee beans √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú are then collected by workers, who comb through the cat droppings to find them. In case this still isn√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t clear, I√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ve produced a flow chart to document the process.

If that’s not clear enough, he’s even worked up a flowchart of the “curing” process.

Please note that this might not have actually disuaded me — even I’m amazed at the things I’ve been willing to try at least once. Unfortunately, the final word is that the coffee is fairly bland and not nearly as good as the story. I figure if you’re going to eat coffee crapped out by a mongoose, it should at least have some sort of special kick or psychotropic property or something.

I think I’ll stick with Columbian Supremo today…

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