What poop are we talking about when it comes to coffee?
Cat, monkey, elephant, bat and bird poop, shit, crap (literally not figuratively) number 2 coffee
You have probably heard about poop coffee. What exactly is poop coffee? In poop coffee, some poop is involved in coffee bean preparation.
In this post, we will discuss the science behind poop coffee, which is one of the best and pricey products.
The science behind ‘Coffee beans from poop’
Poop coffee is one of the oldest types of coffee available. What makes poop coffee special? The process is unique and very different from other methods available. Coffee is associated with some health benefits. More benefits are derived when poop coffee is involved. When coffee been fermentation takes place in the animals’ digestive system, it is exposed to saliva, digestive fluids, and others.
Alternative options have been used to yield similar results.
Various scientific methods are being used to recreate poop coffee at a lower cost rather than feeding the beans to animals to attain the same flavor. This reduces the mental scarring damage of drinking coffee that comes from poop.
NOTE: We will be talking about coffee cherries, which is the whole fruit and not the coffee berries. The cherry consists of the outer skin, inner pulpy layer, and then two coffee beans covered in a thin layer.
Check out this video for more details.
Cruelty: Can you live with yourself?
When poop coffee, (particularly from Kopi Luwak), was discovered in the Western world many years ago, it was a special thing. Since then, it has taken the coffee drinking world by a storm. However, the sudden spike has some negative side effects on animals. Some animals were captured and caged for more coffee poop production.
The animals are caged with the expectation of coffee poop production, which makes them virtual slaves. Some are fed large amounts of cherries than normal. Take, for instance, the civet cat, the animal power behind Kopi Luwak. Many civet cats are captured, caged, and force-fed on coffee cherries. If they were left in the wild, they would choose the best ripe cherries and eat enough.
5 popular animal poop coffees
Here are the best 5 pop coffees that will be discussed:
- Civet cat coffee (Kopi Luwak)
- Monkey poop coffee
- Elephant poop coffee
- Bat poop coffee
- Bird poop coffee
Civet Cat poop coffee (Kopi Luwak)
Kopi Luwak coffee originated from an Indonesia, Palm civet (cat civet) – a small mammal that belongs to the Viverridae family and is commonly found in Asia, and few exist in southern Europe and Africa. Its production has been extended to East Timor and the Philippines.
How is the Kopi Luwak created?
Civet cats love coffee cherries. They often invade plantations for a quick snack. When they ingest the cherries, the skin and pulp are removed, but the beans are not digested. The beans go through a unique fermentation process.
After a day or so, the beans are excreted in feces in clumps. The beans are intact, and they are harvested, washed, dried, pounded to remove their skins, sorted ad then roasted.
What does Kopi Luwak taste like?
It is nutty, earthy, smooth, and almost soft and lacks bitterness. Civet cat delivers a very high-quality cup of coffee.
Where can I buy Kopi Luwak?
You have to be careful when buying your coffee because they are many scammers in the market. It is estimated that 80% of all Kopi Luwak coffee is, to some degree, fake. Find a good source to get the right stuff.
Monkey Poop coffee
This coffee follows a similar process like the civet cat coffee. The monkey parchment coffee (monkey coffee) is a new phenomenon that involves monkey chewing and spitting the berries.
It is made in Chikmagalur, India, an area famously known for its lush, hilly landscapes, abundant rainfall, beaches mounts, and coffee farming. The climate is perfect for Rhesus monkeys, which live near plantations that are scattered all over the region. They are unavoidable in the coffee plantations but are useful to farmers. This collision results in a strangely new breed of coffee, which is very delicious.
How is monkey coffee created?
Rhesus monkeys go for the ripest, sweetest, and highest-quality coffee cherries in the plantations. They chew them and spit them. While most of the fruit is chewed, the beans are harvested later. The monkeys put saliva on the beans while chewing and spitting while workers collect the beans. The resulting beans are then collected, washed, rinsed, and dried, leaving a gray color instead of the traditional raw green. They are then roasted and sold at a price.
What does monkey coffee taste like?
You can prepare monkey coffee just like any other coffee. No need for adding cream or sugar.
It is heavily-bodied, pleasant, and rounded acidity. The low bitterness is associated with enzymes in saliva, which act on the beans shifting the taste. The array ranges from citrus, nuts, chocolate to vanilla.
Where to get monkey coffee
It is rare to find this type of coffee in the market. If you get it, buy it and experience greatness.
Black Ivory/ Elephant poop coffee
Black ivory coffee is naturally refined through a ten-year process that involves Thai elephants in Ban Taklan, Surin Thailand. Unlike the Kopi Luwak case, elephants are not abused in this process.
How the elephant is shit coffee created?
The process begins with Arabica coffee that is grown 1500 meters above sea level. The ethical-conscious process is ideal, and drinkers feel at ease. Cherries are picked and brought to well-cared elephants and carefully mixed with other food such as bananas and rice to provide a balanced diet.
Coffee runs through the elephant digestive system for up to three days before they are passed in feces and handpicked. In this process, 36 whole pounds of coffee produce one kilogram of coffee. The undigested berries are harvested, washed, racked, and then dried.
What does elephant coffee taste like?
Flavors include malt, chocolate, floral, cherry, and leather, tobacco, or even grass. It is the best cup of coffee that does not have even a hint of bitterness.
Check out this video of a person taste-testing the black ivory coffee for the first time.
Where to get elephant poop coffee
It is a rear product in the market, but you can buy it here.
Wild bat shit coffee
Bat poop coffee comes from the Artibeus jamaicensis. A bat species that inhabit forests around Coffea Diversa Coffee Garden in the southern Brunca region, Costa Rica. The bats feed on coffee cherries, which is essential for kick-starting the process that results in the production of another excellent coffee.
How is wild bat poop created?
Bats chew off the exterior of riper coffee cherries while still on the plant. They use their sharp teeth to tear the outer layer and lick the inner pulp, which contains some sugars. The half-eaten berries are exposed to the digestive fluids from bats and are left on the plant to dry naturally as long as possible.
Eventually, the best quality beans are harvested and dried to produce one-of-a-kind coffee. See more information here about the wild bat coffee process.
What does wild bat coffee taste like?
Coffee produced in this method is unique in taste, fruity, and floral. It also has a light acidity, which enhances the floral profile. The coffee is smooth and sweet, with a pleasant aftertaste.
Where to get wild bat coffee
While it is quite difficult to get the bat poop coffee, it is very affordable. Check it out here.
Bird poop coffee
Bird poop coffee involves birds eating, digesting, and pooping out coffee beans. It was originally harvested from Henrique Sloper’s farm in Camocim, Brazil. The process is environmentally friendly, which results to high-quality, holistic-grown, organic coffee.
How bird is shit coffee created?
One morning in 2009, Henrique Sloper’s farm was invaded by Jacu birds. He watched helplessly as they chewed the ripe red coffee cherries, but other nearby farms were not affected. This led him to think about the holistic, biodynamic methods based on Rudolph Steiner he was using. As it turned out, the birds were selecting the absolute best cherries to eat. The real quick Jacu birds’ digestion and the vegetarian diet made them taste more redefined once they were excreted.
What does bird shit coffee taste like?
Wild Jacu coffee is exclusive. It is a full body with a wild and pleasant taste. It is nutty, dusty sweetness, reminiscent of honey processed coffee. It has hints of brown bread, milk chocolate, molasses, and anise.
Where to get bird poop coffee
If you wish to try it out, check it here. It is, however, very pricey than organic coffee but still organic.
The big question: why is this shit so expensive?
All processes involved in the production of animal poop is complicated, which makes it very expensive. For bulk production, it means it more animals would be captured and forced to take excessive cherries, which tampers with the natural process.
We have discussed the origin, benefits, costs, and production of poop coffee. We have also discussed different types of animals that are involved in the production. Which variety do you think is the best? Or you want to try out. Here is another list of excellent coffee beans minus the feces you may want to explore.