Elephants crap out coffee, then we get to drink it12/7/2012
The next time you complain about a cup of coffee tasting like crap, there's a chance it came from an elephant. Coffee producers in Thailand's Golden Triangle are reportedly peddling an exotic new brew made from coffee beans that have been fed to and digested by elephants and then (ew!) carefully hand-picked from their dung. The beans are then washed (phew!) and sold for a tidy sum: $500 per pound, with luxury hotels offering it to gutsy caffeine lovers for $50 a cup. According to Black Ivory Coffee's developers, the elephants' digestive process removes bitterness, produces smoothness and imparts unique "earthy" flavors. Sorry, Starbucks: You're not the only ones with inexplicably expensive coffee anymore. [Source]
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