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Sunday, May 28, 2006

What is the Most Expensive Coffee in the World?

Answer:

Kopi Lowak, reputed to be the most expensive coffee in the world. While price can vary, Kopi Lowak (which translates as "Civet coffee") can sell for as much as $50 per quarter-pound. Palm civets are nocturnal, tree-dwelling animals, that have a love of coffee beans, which they eat whole, but only digest the outer fruit, leaving the bean intact...while the beans have not been destroyed, they have undergone a transformation while in the digestive tract...the beans retrieved from civet droppings have a unique flavor all their own. It's strictly limited availability would virtually guarantee a high price, even if the coffee were unremarkable. As it is, Kopi Lowak is reported to have a character unlike any other coffee, complex with caramel undertones and an earthy or gamey flavor.

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