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The Grossest Coffee on the Planet?
We've covered crazy high-end coffees before. One of the world's most expensive coffees, kopi luwak, comes from Indonesia, where the beans are harvested from the feces of the wild civet. Apparently something amazing happens to the beans in the digestion process, or at least the coffee world would have us believe so.
Then there's Black Ivory Coffee, which of course comes to us thanks to elephant dung. The elephants stomachs are apparently like a "natural slow cooker" for the beans.
But now there's a new coffee contender on the block, and you don't have to travel to the other side of the world. All you have to do is make your way to... you guessed it, Portlandia.
Just outside of Portland, Oregon in Estacada a man is dabbling in the effects of sending coffee beans through his own digestive system. That's right everyone: human poop coffee.
If you're not thoroughly grossed out to stop reading yet, you'll be thrilled to know that there are plenty of people out there that want the stuff. Randy Goldman, a home coffee roaster, wanted to experiment with the "kopi luwak process," advertising his beans on Craigslist. The story of course went viral - turns out people are into fecal coffee - and soon the demand outweighed the supply.
But fortunately some coffee bloggers got in on the game and documented the whole process, noting that the end result was "musky and fruit-forward," but not really up there with the world's best cups. Goldman agrees, noting that the fecal-coffee connection is less about the taste and more about the novel process that somehow helps with marketing. "I didn't think it'd do much for the taste, but I see Kopi Luwak selling and selling and know that the consumer wants to drink shit. So be it."
You'll be hard-pressed to get some though: Goldman has over 40 people on his wait list for the next batch. Looks like you'll just have to stick to the normal coffee shops of Portland instead.