PORTLAND, Ore. –
This coffee can cost as much as $700 a pound and $80 a cup, and it is processed through the digestive system of a cat.
It’s said to be the most expensive coffee in the world and it was served up Friday at the International Coffee Expo in Northeast Portland.
An Indonesian company brews it here as it is done in cafes in Jakarta.
“It is very delicious, very smooth and so luxurious,” said Valerie Sindal, director of sales and marketing for ValBeMar Specialty Coffee.
Coffee cherries are eaten by Civet cats, processed through their digestive system, and the beans are harvested on the other side. According to ValBeMar’s website, the Civets, found in the islands of Java and Sumatra, can’t digest the fruit’s inner beans and they are excreted whole.
The beans are collected from the cat droppings, cleaned and roasted just like any other coffee bean. But the fermentation process while inside the stomach of the cat is the key to its exquisite taste, according to the company.
“If I could drink it every day, I would,” Sindal said.
What does the most expensive coffee in the world that’s been through the body of a cat taste like? Well, it’s unique, but balanced and smooth.
The coffee has a rich history. Three hundred years ago Dutch colonizers banned the Indonesians from drinking coffee. But the Indonesians found these beans and used them as a substitute. The coffee has gone from a poor man’s drink to a rich man’s brew.