Not by any Beans

The world’s tasti­est, and prici­est, cof­fee

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You’ve prob­a­bly heard of Kopi Luwak, a type of cof­fee made from beans that have been plucked from a Su­ma­tran civet’s fae­ces. It’s a del­i­cacy be­cause the shy cat-like crea­ture can’t ac­tu­ally di­gest the beans but its di­ges­tive enzymes change the cof­fee’s pro­tein struc­ture, re­move some of its acid­ity, and help make for a smoother cuppa. Un­for­tu­nately the bur­geon­ing pop­u­lar­ity of this cof­fee com­bined with its very high price has led to an in­crease in fake prod­ucts, as well as some hor­ri­fy­ingly cruel pro­duc­tion meth­ods. But there’s now a sin­gle sup­plier, Rar­efied (founded in 2009 by a then 36-yearold Bri­tish for­mer Gold­man Sachs banker) pro­duc­ing a cer­ti­fi­ably wild and sus­tain­able fair-trade kopi luwak. It’s called Si­jah­tra and it’s sold in Har­rod’s for 255 USD per 100g.

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