The Gross Truth About the World’s Most Expensive Coffee

You might want to think twice before chugging your next cup of Joe.

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Many of us don’t think twice about forking over $5 to $6 on our daily cup of Joe. Some have even traveled to the best coffee city in America to get a sip. But if you want to spend top dollar on your a.m. pick-me-up, there’s something you might want to know.

The most expensive coffee in the world, called Kopi Luwak, sells for hundreds of dollars per pound. Unlike your average cup of Joe, however, this coffee is made from the poop of a raccoon-like mammal called the Asian palm civet.

Yes, you read that right—you are essentially sipping on animal droppings. And believe it or not, it’s totally sanitary. After a civet eats and defecates the ripe coffee cherries, the partially digested beans are gathered, washed, and processed. The result? A cup of coffee with rather unusual (and rare!) taste.

But brewers, beware: Higher price doesn’t mean you’re getting a higher quality bean. According to coffee expert Rocky Rhodes of the International Coffee Consulting Group, the unique processing technique does make the coffee taste smoother. But it also reduces the delicious acids and flavors that make for a solid cuppa.

Keeping that in mind, you might be better off brewing your morning coffee at home. Your wallet—and your taste buds—will thank you. Before you take that first sip, though, make sure you know the truth behind these myths about coffee that everyone gets wrong.

[Sources: National Geographic,, SCA News]

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