Grande Jumbo Dung Latte

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First question: What’s the most expensive coffee in the world?

 

The one brewed from Black Ivory beans produced by elephants in Northern Thailand’s Golden Triangle region.

Well, the elephants don’t do too much.  They just eat coffee cherries produced on nearby plantations and then…they just take a dump dung.

Picking up coffee beans from elephant dung - very shitty job indeed.

Picking up coffee beans from elephant dung – very shitty job indeed.

The real shitty (no pun intended) job is for mahouts (elephant drivers) and their wives who pluck the beans from the dung.

The beans are then sun-dried and roasted, and voilà! Now, you can have a cup of the most expensive coffee in the world. If you have 50 bucks, that is. Or if you feel like a real spender, cough up $500 for a pound.

 

Second question: What’s the most flavorful coffee in the world?

That one is harder to answer. One would expect that the most expensive coffee should be the most flavorful coffee in the world. Black Ivory is supposed to have an “earthy and smooth” flavor. No mention of shitty aftertaste, but the choice of the word “earthy” in the description is interesting…

Black Ivory beans

Black Ivory beans

So, is the most expensive coffee also the most flavorful?

Adventurers daring to ‘taste the question out’ need to cough up even more cash and stay at a luxury hotel in Thailand, Maldives, or United Arab Emirates. Only there can you order a cup of Black Ivory coffee. At least for now, Starbucks doesn’t carry Jumbo Dung Latte.

elephant dung

By the way, what a nice name for an elephant shit…Black Ivory…

I leave it to all those caffeine lovers to check out this Black Ivory deliciousness.

And you know what, Black Ivory isn’t the only type of coffee produced in a similar shitty (pun intended) manner… Mercifully, I’m not addicted to any shitty or whatever-else-is-in-there-that-is-better-not-to-know-about caffeine.

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