Elephant Poop Coffee

Never mind a Cup A Joe, how about a Cup A Poop; freshly dropped, ag I mean boiled

There’s a new fresh and incredibly expensive coffee in town all thanks to some ‘inventive’ type of guy and elephant poop! That’s right, coffee made from Dumbo droppings!

Now I love coffee just as much as the next guy but there are a lot of things I can do with a R1000, or more precisely R9534.

Jip, the amount of coins it would cost you to get your hands on a kg of Black Ivor. But then again – 33 kilograms of raw coffee cherries only produce 1 kilogram of this super elephant brewed coffee.

It’s by far the world’s most expensive coffee and out ranks all over poop based coffees or treats.

This uniquely ‘flavoured’ coffee is produced in the Hills of Northern Thailand. The elephants are fed coffee cherries and then after the digestive process has taken its course, the dung is sifted to find the berries again. It’s said that the gut reaction inside the animals is responsible for the unique flavouring!

“My theory is that a natural fermentation process takes place in the elephant’s gut. That fermentation imparts flavours you wouldn’t get from other coffees”

The master mind of Black Ivory, Blake Dinkin tells why the coffee beans need to be pooped out first for the superior taste;

“When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness”, explains the creator. “ You end up with a cup that’s very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee.”

 It takes about 15-30 hours for the beans to be digested, but when combined with the sugar cane, bananas and other fruits elephants eat it unleashes an unreal “earthy and fruity” flavour.

Now, normally I would ask ‘who would look at a bunch of beans in poo and think man what a cup of coffee that wouldn’t make- but my question has been answered; Blake Dinkin, who spent R26, 00, 25, 0 in developing this process thought that!

As well- who would buy this, luckily just for now the rich and famous! This unique coffee is only available in several luxury hotels in Thailand, the Maldives and Abu Dhabi, thank goodness.

Strangely enough this whole elephant crappachino thing isn’t the first; former most expensive cup of coffee- Kopi Luwak, another expensive bag of beans. Also animal poop, and let’s not forget the Jacu Bird Coffee, or the Costa Rica Finca Palmilera blend that comes from the difficult-to-grow ‘Geisha bean’ from Costa Rica.

Talk about crappy coffee!

What do you say; would you like a cup of steaming coffee, freshly dropped?

Or will it only be the hipsters that will be camping outside of Starbucks to say they enjoyed it to the last drop[ping]

Adeline Vorster

Gypsy at heart | Animal Lover | Movie Monsters & Muscle Cars | Compadre | Eendrag Maak Mag | Elvis is not dead

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