Friday, 7 March 2008

Have a cuppa..... cat poo coffee

Alarm screams in the morning, lifting a weary head

hear the birds chirping, must get out of bed.

Nostrils flared, eyes are the smallest of slits,

getting yourself together, gather all your wits.

A fire breathing dragon morphs straight into a softy

once she's fed copious amounts of steaming hot

strong coffee.....

The one coffee that would not be gulped down in a hurry is that made from the beans that are
extracted from the Indonesian Luwak, an animal similar to a cat.

Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee, and luwak is a local name of the Asian Palm Civet. The raw, red coffee berries are part of its normal diet, along with insects, small mammals, small reptiles, eggs and nestlings of birds, and other fruit. The inner bean of the berry is not digested, but has been proposed that enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee's flavor by breaking down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste. The beans are excreted still covered in some inner layers of the berry. The beans are washed, and given only a light roast so as to not destroy the complex flavors that develop through the process. Some sources claim that the beans may be regurgitated instead of defecated.

This Kopi Luwak (pronounced [ˈkopi ˈluwak]) , in plain Aussie terms; cat poo coffee, is selling
for $50aud per cup. I'll stick to cappuccino's , cafe latte and espresso's. A matter of personal
taste but to me it would be likened to swallowing an oyster, runs for the bucket.

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