When I was in Vietnam I heard about a magical coffee that was known as the best coffee in the world. According to my source it was the best taste, the purest bean and gave you the biggest buzz of all the coffees ever. The only catch, and the thing that gave it the most super powers, is the fact it’s made from a coffee bean pooed out by rare Vietnamese weasels.
These weasels are known as civets – and these civets are among the world’s greatest coffee connoisseurs. Their special noses mean they can sniff out the best and fleshiest beans for the eating. Once consumed their digestive enzymes work to ferment the beans, breaking down the proteins inside them.
As the broken down beans are pooped out entrepreneurial poo gatherers will harvest the faeces, first washing then drying them for weeks until the outer skin falls off. They’ll then dash the beans with sugar, salt and butter and roast them to create a delicious coffee that can sell for more than £50 a cup around the world.
In Vietnam the coffee is then known as ca phe chon, or civet-cat coffee. My boyfriend and I decided to give it a go in a little cafe in Ho Chi Minh City where the staff were proud to tell us exactly the journey of that bean to my cup.
It was indeed smoky, rich and with a hint of chocolate – mmm delicious weasel poo coffee.