Ever Drank Weasel Poo Coffee?

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.

Weasel poo coffee

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.

Weasel poo coffee

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.

Weasel poo coffee

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  1. by Hayley (Lovepuffin) on May 1, 2014  8:23 pm Reply

    What I want to know is who first thought to pick up some animal's sh*t and dye it to make a hot beverage???

    • by Vicky on May 1, 2014  9:30 pm Reply

      Maybe the same guy who worked out how to get milk from a cow?

  2. by Maxine on May 24, 2014  6:49 pm Reply

    Hi Vicky. I've also had the pleasure of drinking weasel poo coffee in London which I also blogged about.


    They sell it at some of the branches of Pho restaurant. Thankfully not at £50 a cup though!

  3. by Nick on June 6, 2014  10:42 am Reply

    This popped into my head as I was walking back to my hotel from a rather average cup of Indian coffee. I got home to see this on twitter, strange how that works. Would you say it was the best cup of coffee you've ever had and what did a cup cost?

    • by Vicky on November 21, 2014  9:53 pm Reply

      Ah, I can't remember now! Serves me right for not answering straight away. It was definitely expensive for Vietnam but by English Starbucks prices it was pretty sweet. And no, it wasn't the best!

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