About a year ago our partner Pakus told us about his experience with the Kopi Luwak, until then the most expensive coffee that existed, since a new variety of coffee has just been released that doubles the price of the previous one, the Black Ivory Would you consume the most expensive coffee in the world knowing where it came from?
The Black Ivory, like the Kopi Luwak, It is extracted from the feces of an animal, but in this case of the elephant. "Black ivory" is obtained based on the same principle, the digestive enzymes of the elephant reduce coffee bitterness and improve its flavor.
The idea comes from the Canadian Blake Dinkin, who first did different tests to confirm that coffee intake was not harmful to elephants' health and perfected the system until a smooth and light variety of grain was achieved. He moved to Thailand and there he reached an agreement with the Golden Triangle Foundation, a shelter for battered elephants that will receive 8% of Black Ivory sales.
If the coffee obtained from the civet seemed expensive to me, since it cost about 400 euros a kilo, let's not say the price of this new variety, which is even higher, a little more than double, 850 euros the kilo, and in part I can get to understand it if we think what it costs to maintain and raise a five-ton Asian elephant.
These elephants are not force fed, since they are not the same case of the civet that consumes coffee berries as the basis of their diet. If we also add that the jaws of an elephant are much stronger, with crushing molars, obtaining the grains in their bowel movements is less, another factor to take into account to understand its price.
If we are lucky enough to be able to travel to only place where it is served, in Anantara resorts in the Maldives and Thailand, and order a cup of this jewel, we will see the beans grind by hand in our presence and then prepare our coffee in a beautiful 19th century coffee maker, all for about 40 euros a cup.
As on other occasions, everything seems idyllic but the Canadian who had the idea is certainly not in charge of inspecting the droppings and collecting the beans by hand, and then drying them in the sun, as they do the mahouts, the true stars of this whole process.
After discovering this new variety of coffee, I have the question of whether it will be a delicacy or simply a great idea of a person who has seen a good business from an existing one. Of course, I have an immense curiosity to guess what does Black Ivory taste like, the most expensive coffee in the world.
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