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World's Most Expensive Coffee Produced From Cat Dung

JAKARTA, Indonesia - It's the world's most expensive coffee, prized for its smooth flavor and bitterless aftertaste. Kopi Luwak is made from beans fermented in the stomach of a civet cat, extracted from their dung and then roasted.

While it can fetch as much as $200 a pound, it's that middle bit in the production process that has Indonesia's top Islamic body concerned. It's considering banning Muslims from drinking the brew. The council's acting chief says the worry is that coffee might be unclean. He notes that approval is possible, assuming farmers clean the beans before they are ground.

Kopi Luwak is produced on several Indonesian islands, spanning from Sumatra in the west to Sulawesi in the east. It can also can be found under different names elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Only 1,000 pounds of the coffee are said to be produced annually worldwide.

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