Black Ivory: Here we Go Again (Elephant-Poop Coffee)

October 16, 2012 · Filed Under Gimmicks, News, TX-Coffee 

Elephant Dung Coffee Among World’s Most Expensive, Exclusive

PHOTO: An elephant in Thailand.

An elephant in Thailand. (Getty Images/LOOK) via ABC News

You’ve likely heard of civet coffee.  No?  Kopi Luwak?  Here, let me refresh your memory:

Does that look familiar?  People often talk about how “smooth” civet coffee is, and the pickle always seems to be the novelty that it was previously enjoyed by a cat-like critter in South East Asia.

The next trend in like fashion is now known as Black Ivory.

Arabica coffee grown at 1500 meters (a decent altitude, actually) is brought to elephants to eat up with their long snouts, cramming the coffee fruit into their enormous cavern-sized mouths before digesting, and.. (ahem).. you know.

The elephant’s caretaker then harvests the now strangely valuable coffee remnant (the seed, what you and I know as the unroasted bean) to be roasted and sold at a premium.  What kind of a premium are we talking?  I’m glad you asked.

$1,100 per Kg

 Yes, that’s $498.95/lb, or $31.18/oz, which rounds out to roughly $15.59 per brewed 8oz cup of elephant poop coffee.  To be fair, a portion of sales goes for a good cause.. to help the elephant who ate the coffee, or something.  You can read the original article here: Elephant Dung Coffee Among World’s Most Expensive, Exclusive

Jason Haeger (347 Posts)

Jason is utterly obsessed with coffee, and is the founder and editor of TX-Coffee.com. He is available for consulting and barista training at EspressoTrainer.com. He is also the founder and owner of AJ Coffee Company in Dallas, TX. His favorite brew method changes as often as his favorite coffee: daily. If you are interested in contributing to this website, he would love to hear from you!


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