Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00
Black Ivory Coffee is one of the world’s most expensive coffees exclusively produced by Black Ivory Coffee Company Ltd in Northern Thailand. The coffee beans cost US$1,100 per kilogram, and US$50 per cup. Black Ivory coffee beans are produced from Arabica coffee beans which are consumed by elephants and collected from their dung.
The idea of brewing coffee beans that were passed out from an elephant’s humongous ass is so that the beans will be influenced by the elephant’s stomach acid, which breaks down the coffee’s protein. The beans are digested for 15 to 70 hours before the elephants decide to take a dump, that’s when the beans are ripe for the picking.
The beans are collected from the elephants’ faecal matter along with various other ingredients found in their stomachs. The extra miscellaneous ingredients found is supposedly what imparts specific flavours to the coffee.
The coffee has been described to be, “very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee.”
Still not persuaded to rush to Thailand for an aromatic, steaming cup of Shit O’ Elephant Coffee? How about sipping your dungy-chunky coffee knowing that with every purchase, you are actually donating to a good cause? Black Ivory Coffee is produced at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an elephant refuge that cares for rescued elephants, and 8% of Black Ivory Coffee Company sales are donated to the refuge to fund the elephants’ healthcare.
Availability of the coffee is very limited as production of the beans depends on factors like the availability of coffee cherries, the elephants’ appetites, the number of beans destroyed through chewing and the ability of the mahouts and their wives to pick the beans by hand.
For more information on the drinkable caffeinated dung particles, check out Black Ivory Coffee’s website here