Remember civet coffee? The new luxury commodity in coffee is similar — just on a much bigger scale.
Black Ivory Coffee, produced in Thailand's Golden Triangle, is made by passing coffee beans through an elephant's stomach, then picking the beans out of, you guessed it — elephant poop.
As herbivores, the elephant's multi-day digestive process involves fermentation. "Fermentation is great for things like wine or beer or coffee, because it brings out the sugar in the bean, and it helps impart the fruit from the coffee pulp into the bean."
So, what does it taste like? According to some tasters, it has a gentle, somewhat fruity taste without the bitter flavor. It's also been described as having a floral and chocolatey aroma.
We'll take their word for it. At $70 a serving, with a limited offering in Asia, the Middle East and one store in Texas, we won't be sampling this beastly brew anytime soon.
(Image credits: NPR)