INDONESIA’S ANSWER TO STARBUCKS
Indonesia’s top religious body has declared a premium coffee made from civet cat droppings fit for Muslims to drink.
The proclamation has brought relief to farmers who can now continue exporting Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee.
The civet cats are found throughout Indonesia.
In parts of Sri Lanka, civets are considered a nuisance since they howl throughout the night and litter the attics and rooftops of common households.
But their excretions provide the mainstay of income for many Indonesian farmers and peasants.
The civets eat coffee berries which they defecate in clumps for harvesters to collect. The fecal material is dried in the sun and packaged for consumers.
In the United States, the price of a pound of Kopi Luwak varies from $600 to $1,400 per pound.