These Scientists Want to Bring You Civet-Poop Coffee Without the Civets

Civet coffee is among the most expensive coffees in the world— a cup can cost $80. Coffee beans that have passed through the digestive tract of this cat-sized creature native to southeast Asia make a remarkably smooth brew, producers and aficionados say. But the cost isn’t just financial. Although civet coffee, also known by its Indonesian name, kopi luwak, originated with beans collected from the feces of wild animals, increased demand has encouraged producers to keep the animals in cages and force them to subsist on a nutritionally deficient diet of coffee beans.

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These Scientists Want to Bring You Civet-Poop Coffee Without the Civets | WIRED.

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