Quote: “Could this be the most expensive coffee, ever?”
It’s your turn to get Apple chief executive Tim Cook to spill the beans. If you have some serious cash you can bid on the auction website Charitybuzz for approximately an hour’s coffee meeting with Tim. According to Charles Arthur from the Guardian website the auction bid price “already stands at $180,000.” So, if you are ready to fly to California and get the latest buzz, dig deep and enjoy your coffee because it will potentially be the most expensive one you will ever drink.
Coffeesage.com provides us with a weird coffee story:
“Kopi Luwak, also known as cat poo coffee, is taking New York by storm! It is made from the fecal droppings of a cat like creature, the civet. New Yorkers are shelling out $30 a cup for this unusual treat, according to the NY Daily News.”
This obsession with finding the best coffee by using an animal’s digestive system to produce a ‘great tasting bean’ is not a one off. If you take a look at My Bedtime Bean Chat blog post you will see an intriguing quote, “A monkey ate a coffee bean, crapped it out, then someone made a drink of coffee out of it and Rick Stein drank it.” Whether there is any truth in this I have no idea, but if cats can be used then why not monkeys?
And it’s not just cats and monkeys which have been utilised for our delicate and demanding taste buds; Elephants in Thailand are breaking down the coffee protein, which, according to www.huffingtonpost.com/2012, “Since protein is one of the main factors responsible for bitterness in coffee, less protein means almost no bitterness.” This “naturally refined” coffee would have set you back $50 in 2012.
If you decide that enough is enough and cannot stomach consuming something which has already been through the digestive system once, you could switch from coffee to tea. Tea is a safe option. Good old, reliable, leafy tea. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a “Chinese businessman announced he planned to sell organic green tea grown with panda dung for more than $200 a cup.” Huffingtonpost.