The Most Expensive Coffee

Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee, earns its pricey value and taste thanks to a surprising step in its production: digestion. In Indonesia, the Asian palm civet (a small critter similar to the weasel) cannot resist the bright red coffee berries that abound, even though they can’t digest the actual coffee beans. The beans pass through the civets system without being fully digested. At which point, brave coffee farmers collect the beans from the civets’ droppings, (hopefully) thoroughly wash them, and sells them for up to $600 per pound on the market!

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