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$600 Coffee 'Processed' by Civets

Java-lovers' treat plucked from droppings of animals who gorge on beans
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2007 5:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – Move over, Starbucks. Hyper coffee connoisseurs are coughing up $600 for a pound of the world's priciest coffee, a blend plucked from the droppings of a civet, a small Indonesian mammal that forages for fresh coffee beans. Fans describe the taste of kopi luwak as earthy, with a note of rich, dark chocolate, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Only 500 to 1,000 pounds of genuine kopi luwak are produced each year, fueling the exorbitant cost. The British royal family reportedly enjoys it, and coffee lovers can buy a $30 cup at a 5-star hotel in Hong Kong. But beware counterfeit beans. About 40% of the coffee on sale is either adulterated or fake, one expert warns. (Read more coffee stories.)

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