The reason to avoid poop coffee isn’t what you think

Beans from civet feces so popular they spawn abuse

By Erika Engelhaupt, 15:45 PM October 23, 2013

Last weekend, I was enjoying a leisurely café lunch when I spotted a $25 cup of coffee on the menu. That’s right, cup. My husband said he had asked about it on his last visit and was told it was made from coffee beans picked out of “some kind of ferret poop.” Suddenly it clicked. “Ooh, I just read a paper about this!” I said. Researchers recently reported a method to chemically fingerprint the coffee, called kopi luwak, which is widely faked as a high-priced luxury product.

Kopi luwak transla...

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