Friday, August 22, 2014

Poop scoop

Yep, here I go again, bring another stinky story to light! Several years after the introduction of Kopi Luwak, coffee that has passed through the bowels of a civet, Canadian entrepreneur Blake Dinkin has – as NPR puts it – "supersized" the idea. The beans of his Black Ivory Coffee are mixed into a mash with fruit and fed to the elephants of Thailand's Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. In 3 days, they have been processed and can be retrieved (IMAGE ABOVE). The beans are then meticulously cleansed, dried, and roasted. Because of the unique process, and because it takes 33 pounds (15 kg) of beans to make one pound of coffee, Black Ivory is not easy to come by. The expensive cups may be ordered in 5-star hotels and resorts in Asia and the Middle East and the grind may be purchased in a single tiny store in Comfort, Texas, U.S., with the profits going to elephant conservation. Dinkin insists that the experience is worth it, because elephants are herbivores and utilize an internal process of fermentation to break down all the cellulose. This brings out the sugar in the bean, instills the flavor of the pulp, and removes the bitterness. He explains, "I want people to taste the bean, not just the roast The aroma is floral and chocolate; the taste is chocolate malt with a bit of cherry; there's no bitterness; and it's very soft, like tea. So it's kind of like a cross between coffee and tea."

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