Civet-Digested Beans Yield $99 Espresso
Rarest cup of coffee blends Jamaican, Indonesian products
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2008 5:19 PM CDT
The civet, an Indonesian wild cat, sniffs out and digests berries that provide the world's rarest coffee.   (Earth Life Forms - Animals)
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(Newser) – You might look for a $99 espresso shot in a crowded Italian café before the second floor of a London department store. Yet it's the latter where you'll find the cup brewed from two of the world’s rarest coffee beans, one of which is sniffed out and, er, digested by an Indonesian civet, the Guardian reports. But is the java foodie paradise or marketing racket?

In an era of $1,000 pizzas and a $70,000 'flawless' cocktail, the extravagance of a $99 'Caffe Raro' pales. And given the Indonesians who scour the landscape in search of the poopy prize, the result is a global adventure for the palate—with no hint of kitty litter. And the profits from this limited stock of this exclusive buzz, expected to run out at the end of April, go to a cancer center.