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Coffee picked from elephant dung costs €40 a cup

The coffee, produced in Thailand, is said to be among the most expensive in the world.

Image: (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

SOME OF THE most expensive coffee in the world is being produced by a herd of elephants.

In northern Thailand, the herd of 20 are eating beans and then the same beans are plucked a day later from their dung.

The coffee, which has been called “earthy” in flavour and “smooth” on the palate, is also among the world’s priciest , setting you back €850 per kilogram or €390 per pound.

For now, only the wealthy or well-travelled have access to the cuppa, which is called Black Ivory Coffee.

A coffee bean picked from elephant dung. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

“When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness,” said Blake Dinkin, who developed the coffee. “You end up with a cup that’s very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee.”

Meena, a 12-year old elephant, eats coffee beans mixed with fruits. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Would you spend €40 on cup of ‘elephant coffee’?


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Additional reporting - AP

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