'Cat Poop Coffee' Comes To Calgary - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

'Cat Poop Coffee' Comes To Calgary

KHQ.COM - This gives new meaning to the term ‘steaming cup of joe.' The Bean Stop in Eau Claire Market is set to start serving Kopi Luwak — better known as cat poop coffee — on Tuesday, one of the most unique blends available anywhere on the planet.

"This will appeal to two groups of people," said owner Ken Cutler.

"Coffee connoisseurs and there's probably a group of people who will have a cup just say they had a cup.

"It's such an unusual, odd and unique product."

Produced in the Doi Chaang region of northern Thailand, Kopi Luwak is made when the common palm civet — a small, tree-dweller Cutler said is closer to a raccoon than a cat — eats coffee cherries.

Once passed through the animal's digestive system, workers pick the seeds out — by hand — and they are processed.

The end result is what Cutler describes as one of the most unique blends of java you can find.

"It's very smooth," he said.

"It's got both a fruity and an earthiness, it's almost got a natural sweetness to it which is very unusual." And this kind of coffee doesn't come cheap.

A single cup will set you back $25 (including tax) while a 50 gram tin will sell for $60.

Despite the high price, Cutler said they've already taken orders for 25 cups and have pre-sold 11 tins.

"It's a very exclusive-type product," he said.

Just finding Kopi Luwak is tough. "My understanding is there is only 1,000 kg produced each year so the supply is obviously very, very limited," said Cutler.

"I've been able to obtain 41/2 pounds, which will translate into about 125 cups."

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