I gotta admit, knowing how this coffee is processed doesn’t make me want to pay $15 a cup for it.
Kopi luwak is variously marketed as ‘cat-poo coffee‘ or occasionally ‘the most expensive coffee in the world‘. The reason it’s so costly is that, rather than harvesting the coffee fruit (known as ‘cherries’) and extracting the bean by the usual methods, some Sumatran villagers collect the faeces of the civet cats which live on the plantations and pick out the beans. (I don’t know, since you ask … tweezers? Some sort of sieve? For all I know they just use their fingers).
(via The Guardian)