Trouble is, it’s shit. Quite literally. Or at least, derived from shit. Pardon my French.
Called Black Ivory coffee, this exclusive driblet – offered to guests at Anantara resorts inward Thailand in addition to the Republic of the Maldives – is made from Thai Arabica java beans digested yesteryear elephants, dispersed inward their dung, in addition to thence recollected in addition to sun-dried earlier beingness roasted in addition to brewed using an antique ‘balancing syphon’ method developed inward Republic of Austria inward 1840.
Two cups of elephant poo java toll US$50; a kilo of digested beans sells for $1100. Only fifty kilograms of the beans are currently available for sale, piece the eles run on creating more.
According to elephant guru John Roberts, enzymes inward an elephant’s tummy intermission downward java protein, after reducing bitterness. He describes it inward his spider web log (www.elephant-tails.anantara.com) equally “very low-cal java whose smell puts you lot inward heed of returning to a proper jungle after a long absence… the feel of steam in addition to vegetation that a good inhabited jungle but has.” Think that agency it’s hot, pungent in addition to steamy … equally all adept java should be.
Of course, elephants aren’t the commencement animals set to run inward the creation of coffee. In Indonesia, beans digested yesteryear civet cats were i time the most expensive inward the world, at $340 for a pound. Mind you, I’d rather sip beans that came through a vegetarian mammal’s tract rather than a stinky carnivore that’s been eating rat guts…
And of course, the elephants larn something dorsum – a pct of all java sales goes dorsum to GTAEF, which cares for thirty rescued street elephants, along amongst their mahouts in addition to families. Which doesn’t move out a bitter sense of savor at all.
|contemplating a adept loving cup of java on an Anantara elephant|