When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness," said Blake Dinkin, who has spent $300,000 developing elephant shit coffee. "You end up with a cup that's very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee." For now, only the wealthy or well-traveled have access to the poo java, which is called Black Ivory Coffee. It was launched last month at a few luxury hotels in remote corners of the world
I hope the developers of this coffee called their mission "Operation Dumbo Droppings". At $500 per pound, they say a cup will cost people $50 a PLOP. They make the coffee in a place called the Golden Triangle in Thailand which is known for its drug production. I'm sure if this elephant shit coffee does well they might consider changing its name to the Brown Triangle. Apparently the elephant's giant digestive system allows the beans to ferment while mixing with bananas and other crap in the beast's belly to give it the unique flavor. You have to wonder if this is what nature had intended for humans to do with elephants, and if the same might work with other animals like giant snakes or my grandmother.