I have previously written about Kopi Luwak coffee, an expensive bean that comes from the remains of a berry eaten by the Asian Palm Civet, a cat like creature. Well now I have another expensive animal poo coffee to tell you about, only this one if from Thai Elephants.
Black Ivory, the coffee beans predigested for you by an elephant, sell for $1,100 per kilogram. There are only 50 kilograms, about 110 pounds, currently for sale.
You can get this brew, which is harvested from elephant dung, at Anantara Resorts’ Maldives properties. Its also offered at Anantara’s Golden Triangle property in Thailand.
According to the resort, during digestion, the enzymes of the elephant break down coffee protein, which is one of the factors responsible for bitterness in coffee. The less protein you have, the less bitterness in the coffee. When you order the coffee, they will grind it at your table and brew it in four minutes. The notes are floral and chocolate and the taste “milk chocolate, nutty, earthy with hints of spice and red berries.”